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The U.S. says it's temporarily suspending a program that lets H1-B visa applicants get a quick response on their application. The program grants 85,000 visas for highly-skilled foreigners to work in the U.S—for $1,225 applicants could get a response within 15 days. The U.S. says the suspension is to help clear a backlog of petitions.

Why this matters: Expedited processing is used by "close to 100 percent" of large tech companies, an attorney told the Financial Times. Tech companies also spoke out against Trump's travel ban and are concerned about promised changes to visa programs.

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At least 100 killed, much of Beirut destroyed in massive explosion

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A major explosion Beirut, Lebanon has killed at least 100 people and injured over 4,000, according to the Lebanese Red Cross.

Driving the news: Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for over six years.

Biden confidants see VP choices narrowing to Harris and Rice

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Confidants of Joe Biden believe his choices for vice president have narrowed to Sen. Kamala Harris and Susan Rice — and would be surprised if he picks anyone else.

The state of play: This is a snapshot of the nearly unanimous read that we get from more than a dozen people close to him.

An election like no other

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The coronavirus will make the 2020 presidential election different from any in modern history: Voting that begins earlier, results that take longer, mail carriers as virtual poll workers and October Surprises that pop in September.

The big picture: Perhaps 80 million Americans will vote early, by mail or in person, Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, tells Axios. That's going to set up more of an Election Season than an Election Day — and increase the odds of national turmoil over the vote count.