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Seven major retailers — Shopko, Gymboree, Charlotte Russe, Beauty Brands, FullBeauty Brands, Innovative Mattress Solutions and Things Remembered — have all filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the first few weeks of 2019, reports Retail Dive.

The big picture: This string of failures is further evidence of the shakeup in brick-and-mortar retail. Brands that are slow to inject tech into the shopping experience — or that don't spruce up shabby storefronts — are bleeding customers. In 2018, once-strong retailers like Brookstone and Mattress Firm went belly up, and the once-iconic Sears continues to teeter on the edge of insolvency after numerous blows.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 18,147,574 — Total deaths: 690,573 — Total recoveries — 10,753,815Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 4,687,828 — Total deaths: 155,062 — Total recoveries: 1,468,689 — Total tests: 56,812,162Map.
  3. Politics: White House will require staff to undergo randomized coronavirus testing — Pelosi says Birx "enabled" Trump on misinformation.
  4. Business: Virtual school is another setback for retail — The pandemic hasn't hampered health care.
  5. Public health: Former FDA chief says MLB outbreaks should be warning sign for schools.

Filing suggests Manhattan DA is investigating Trump for possible fraud

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The Manhattan District Attorney's office suggested for the first time Monday that it's investigating President Trump and his company for "alleged bank and insurance fraud," the New York Times first reported.

The state of play: The disclosure was made in a filing in federal court that seeks to force accounting firm Mazars USA to comply with a subpoena for eight years of Trump's personal and corporate tax returns.

House Democrats subpoena top Pompeo aides in probe of IG firing

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The Democratic chairs of the House Oversight and House Foreign Affairs committees announced subpoenas Monday for four State Department officials as part of their investigation into the firing of former Inspector General Steve Linick.

Why it matters: The two committees, in addition to Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are investigating whether Linick was fired because he was probing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the State Department's attempts to bypass Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.