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Negotiators are set to miss today's deadline for a consensus on NAFTA. Four days after President Trump announced an "understanding" with Mexico, talks aimed at getting Canada on board have broken off and will resume next Wednesday.

Behind the scenes: Trump's off-the-record comments that he would not offer Canada any concessions, which leaked and were reported by the Toronto Star, added a dose of drama. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says Trump has notified Congress that he plans to move ahead with a bilateral deal with Mexico, while leaving open the possibility of Canada joining. Trade experts say the bilateral approach has virtually no chance of success. But by notifying Congress today Trump leaves open the possibility of signing an agreement before a new leftist government takes office in Mexico.

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What's happening: Bullish fund managers are starting to lay down bets that it will be this way for a while. "The reason is: You have monetary and fiscal policy pushing the economy out of a problem and that is very, very bullish," Andrew Slimmon, senior portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, tells Axios.

How Trump's push to reopen schools could backfire

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The Trump administration’s full-steam-ahead push to fully reopen schools this fall is on a collision course with the U.S.' skyrocketing coronavirus caseload and its decades-long neglect of public education.

Why it matters: Getting kids back to school is of paramount importance for children and families, especially low-income ones. But the administration isn’t doing much to make this safer or more feasible.

Coronavirus squeezes the "sandwich generation"

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As the coronavirus poses risks and concerns for the youngest and oldest Americans, the generations in the middle are buckling under the increasing strain of having to take care of both.

Why it matters: People that make up the so-called sandwich generations are typically in their 30s, 40s and 50s, and in their prime working years. The increasing family and financial pressures on these workers means complications for employers, too.