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After a three week hiatus, Sarah Sanders was back at the podium briefing reporters Thursday. Asked about whether the White House is confident they'll raise the debt ceiling by the end of September, Sanders said the administration is "committed to making sure that gets raised," and added that Trump prefers a "clean" increase rather than having agenda items tied to it.

  • Will Trump shut down the government to fund the border wall? "[Trump] campaigned on the wall... and he's going to make sure that gets done." She later dodged questions on his earlier promise that Mexico would pay for it.
  • Trump's relationships with GOP leadership: "I think the relationships are fine."
  • On GOP Sen. Corker questioning whether Trump is fit for the WH: "I think that's a ridiculous and outrageous claim and doesn't dignify a response from this podium."
  • Afghanistan strategy: "[Trump's] strategy is based on conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables."
  • Timeline for pardoning Arpaio: "When we have an announcement on what that decision is, we'll let you know."
  • On dealing with Hurricane Harvey without a full-time DHS secretary: "There's certainly someone at the helm... We are in great shape having General Kelly sit next to the president."

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The Rockefeller Foundation announced on Monday that it will allocate $1 billion over the next three years to address the pandemic and its aftermath.

Why it matters: The mishandled pandemic and the effects of climate change threaten to reverse global progress and push more than 100 million people into poverty around the world. Governments and big NGOs need to ensure that the COVID-19 recovery reaches everyone who needs it.

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Fox News President Jay Wallace and anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum are among those recommended to get tested and quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19, the New York Times first reported Sunday night.

The big picture: The Fox News contingent, which also included "The Five" show hosts Juan Williams and Dana Perino, were on a charter flight from Nashville to New York following Thursday's presidential debate with a person who later tested positive for the coronavirus.