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Outgoing Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been in her role since July 2017, and has made a variety of controversial comments defending the actions of President Trump during her tenure.

The big picture: Sanders has been one of Trump's most loyal defenders. Sanders has also been one of the longest-serving press secretaries in this administration, but took the role of adviser toward the end of her tenure.

What she's said:

  • Sanders defended Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey by telling reporters “countless members of the FBI” no longer had confidence in Comey's ability to lead the bureau, reports Vox. The Mueller report revealed that Sanders mischaracterized the dismissal, to which she defended as a "slip of the tongue."
  • After the White House revoked the press credentials of CNN's Jim Acosta, Sanders shared an allegedly doctored video of Acosta grabbing a microphone violently from a female White House staff member.
  • Sanders defended a false narrative that 4,000 known or suspected terrorists have entered the U.S. illegally through "vulnerable" points along the U.S.-Mexico border, per CBS.
  • During a press conference, Sanders defended Trump when he said people who enter the country illegally are "animals." She said he was referring to the gang MS-13, and didn't go far enough in her opinion, per PBS.

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Los Angeles and San Diego public schools will be online only this fall

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Public schools in Los Angeles and San Diego, the two largest public school districts in California, will not be sending children back to campuses in the fall and will instead administer online classes only due to concerns over the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.

Why it matters: The two districts, which together enroll about 825,000 students, are the largest in the country thus far to announce that they will not return to in-person learning in the fall, even as the Trump administration aggressively pushes for schools to do so.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 12,984,811 — Total deaths: 570,375 — Total recoveries — 7,154,492Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 3,327,388— Total deaths: 135,379 — Total recoveries: 1,006,326 — Total tested: 40,282,176Map.
  3. World: WHO head: There will be no return to the "old normal" for the foreseeable future — Hong Kong Disneyland closing due to surge.
  4. States: Cuomo says New York will use formula to determine if reopening schools is safe.
  5. Politics: Mick Mulvaney: "We still have a testing problem in this country."

Cuomo: New York will use formula to determine if it's safe to reopen schools

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that schools will only reopen if they meet scientific criteria that show the coronavirus is under control in their region, including a daily infection rate of below 5% over a 14-day average. "We're not going to use our children as guinea pigs," he added.

The big picture: Cuomo's insistence that New York will rely on data to decide whether to reopen schools comes as President Trump and his administration continue an aggressive push to get kids back in the classroom as part of their efforts to juice the economy.