Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) stands behind Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) at a press conference last month. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers walked back his criticism of Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Ryan Costello today, saying: “It was a mistake of me to say. Ryan is a friend and we're sad to see him leave. I'm sure he made the right decision for his family and his district and I respect it.”

The background: Stivers criticized Costello over the weekend, saying he lacked the “intestinal fortitude” to continue in Congress after Costello decided not to run for reelection last month. His comments about a fellow Republican showed the GOP’s growing worry about the party’s chances to maintain control of the House as more Republicans are retiring or not seeking reelection.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,918,927 — Total deaths: 160,737 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  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.

Trump: "We are going a different way" on coronavirus aid

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President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is "going a different way" with coronavirus aid after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again, suggesting he will use an executive order to address stimulus spending.

What he's saying: "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's swift, sweeping China offensive

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President Trump's rhetoric on China has tended to run hotter than his actions — until now.

Why it matters: Even at the height of Trump's trade war, his administration never hit China as hard, as fast, and on as many fronts as it is right now.