McCrae Dowless. Photo: Justin Kase Conder for The Washington Post via Getty Images

McCrae Dowless, the political operative at the heart of the election fraud case in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, was indicted on seven charges Wednesday, per the Wake County District Attorney's office.

Details: Dowless is facing counts of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and possession of absentee ballots. He worked on behalf of Republican candidate Mark Harris, who has announced he will not run in the district's new election, and Dowless stands accused of collecting and filling out hundreds of voters’ absentee ballots.

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U.S. daily coronavirus cases top 50,000 for first time

Medical staff change a patient's bed sheets in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images

A record 50,655 tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the United States on Wednesday, Johns Hopkins data shows.

Of note: State governors across the country have been pausing or adjusting reopening plans in response to surging coronavirus cases across the U.S. in recent days.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 10,667,217 — Total deaths: 515,646 — Total recoveries — 5,464,367Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 2,685,806 — Total deaths: 128,061 — Total recoveries: 729,994 — Total tested: 32,827,359Map.
  3. Federal government: Trump says he still thinks coronavirus will "just disappear" at some point, supports another round of direct payments to Americans.
  4. Public health: Thanks to coronavirus, your home is now your gymFormer FDA chief says 500,000 Americans may be contracting coronavirus a day.
  5. States: Georgia and Arizona report record new coronavirus cases — California shuts down bars and indoor dining for most residents.
  6. 1 ⚽️ thing: 6 players test positive for coronavirus before MLS comeback tournament.
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Biden outraises Trump again with record $141 million June haul

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden at Philadelphia City Hall in Pennsylvania in June. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party raised $141 million in June, his campaign announced on Wednesday night.

Why it matters: It's the most the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has raised in a month. It's also more than the record $131 million President Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee raised last month.