Republicans are again trying to dismantle Obamacare through the courts. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

If a federal court agrees with the Department of Justice's argument that the Affordable Care Act's rules around pre-existing medical conditions are no longer constitutional, then the Republican states pursuing the lawsuit only want those rules lifted in their states, Inside Health Policy reports.

The bottom line: Legal scholars across the political spectrum have slammed DOJ's position to stop defending the ACA, and the new filing from the plaintiffs "appears to be an effort to prevent further litigation and protest," according to Inside Health Policy.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tests positive for coronavirus

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms consoles the family of Rayshard Brooks on June 23 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Curtis Compton-Pool/Getty Images

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Monday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus after displaying no symptoms.

Why it matters: Lance Bottoms, one of several Black women on the shortlist to be Joe Biden's running mate, has risen to national prominence in recent months as part of a mass protests over racism and police brutality — driven in part by the killing of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 11,520,461 — Total deaths: 535,499 — Total recoveries — 6,231,052Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 2,911,888 — Total deaths: 130,101 — Total recoveries: 906,763 — Total tested: 35,515,075Map.
  3. Public health: Case growth outpacing testing in hotspots.
  4. States: West Virginia becomes latest state to mandate facial coverings in public.
  5. Politics: Cuomo accuses Trump of "enabling" the coronavirus surge — Sen. Chuck Grassley opts out of attending GOP convention over coronavirus concerns.

Trump ramps up culture war attacks

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President Trump's attacks are spreading to sports that are cornerstones of rural, conservative white American life.

Why it matters: The culture war that engulfed the NBA and NFL is reaching other major leagues, with teams that stonewalled activists for years suddenly showing a willingness to listen.