Trump at the White House Monday. Photo: Chris Kleponis, Pool / Getty Images

President Trump called then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to unload soon after he fired James Comey, NBC's Carol Lee reports. In the call, Trump "demanded to know why Comey was allowed to fly on an FBI plane after he had been fired," to which McCabe replied that he was not the one to authorize Comey's use of the plane but that he would have approved it, had he been asked.

Then Trump "turned on McCabe, suggesting he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser — an apparent reference to a failed campaign for state office in Virginia that McCabe’s wife made in 2015."

Why it matters: McCabe is stepping down as deputy director of FBI, effective immediately, after months of tension with Trump.

Go deeper: A timeline of Trump's relationship with McCabe

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How equity became more attractive than debt

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The prime example of something highly improbable that became conventional wisdom: The idea that both interest rates and inflation will remain near zero for well over a decade.

Why it matters: As Axios' Dan Primack writes, private equity firms (the polite rebranding of "leveraged buyouts") have historically bought companies and loaded them up with debt.

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When society faces the unprecedented

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Our febrile world is not normal.

The big picture: The precautions that we're taking against the spread of COVD-19; the way in which the president of the U.S. delights in violating political norms; the fires, hurricanes and other signs that catastrophic global warming has arrived; the virulent spread of the QAnon conspiracy theory — all of these things, and many more, represent a stunning break with the world as we knew it.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 34,026,003 — Total deaths: 1,015,107 — Total recoveries: 23,680,268Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 7,237,043 — Total deaths: 207,008 — Total recoveries: 2,840,688 — Total tests: 103,939,667Map.
  3. Health: New poll shows alarming coronavirus vaccine skepticism — New research centers will study "long-haul" COVID — Coronavirus infections rise in 25 states.
  4. Business: Remdesivir is good business for Gilead.
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