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Neiman Marcus Group is set to file for bankruptcy as soon as this week, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: It would be the first major department store chain to fall victim to the coronavirus economy. Neiman Marcus is also an anchor tenant to many shopping malls that were already struggling before the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Social distancing restrictions have forced the company to temporarily shutter its 43 Neiman Marcus locations, about two dozen Last Call stores and its two Bergdorf Goodman stores.
  • The group has furloughed most of its roughly 14,000 employees. It's also fallen behind on debt payments, having "skipped millions of dollars in debt payments last week, including one that only gave the company a few days to avoid a default," Reuters notes.

What to watch: The company is in the final stages of negotiating a loan totaling hundreds of millions of dollars to continue its operations during bankruptcy proceedings, according to Reuters.

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  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases.
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

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Why it matters: That's the same night Joe Biden's running mate (to be revealed next week) will address the nation. Clinton and Warren represent two of the most influential wise-women of Democratic politics with the potential to turn out millions of establishment and progressive voters in November.

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Why it matters: The Affordable Care Act already requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions. The Trump administration is currently arguing in a case before the Supreme Court to strike down that very law — including its pre-existing condition protections.