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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that if Republicans do not bring a "clean" DREAM Act, which Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) promoted yesterday, to the floor in September, then Democrats "are prepared to attach it to other items this fall until it passes."

Timing: The threat follows President Trump's decision to end the Obama-era DACA program, a move that Schumer described as "heartless" and "brainless."

Why it matters: Top leaders from both parties have urged for the passage of the DREAM Act, arguing that it offers a quick and tangible solution to addressing the future of the estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants that could be affected by Trump's DACA decision. Trump has given Congress six months to pass such legislation.

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A white-collar crime crackdown

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America has waited a decade for an aggressive government crackdown on white-collar crime. Now, just before the election, and in the middle of a bull market, it has arrived.

Why it matters: When times are good, investors become more trusting and more greedy. That makes them more likely to put their money into fraudulent or criminal enterprises.

  • After a decade-long bull market, there is no shortage of those frauds to prosecute.
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Lawyers crystal-ball the Google antitrust case

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The Justice Department's antitrust suit against Google is a strong, straightforward monopoly case, competition lawyers and experts tell Axios. But that doesn't mean it'll be an easy journey for the government.

The big picture: Winning any antitrust case is a heavy lift. It's even more of a challenge to pull off victory in a future-looking case that seeks to make room for potential new competition to flourish.

The pandemic is getting worse again

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Due to a database error, Missouri had a 3 day gap in reporting from Oct. 11-13; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Every available piece of data proves it: The coronavirus pandemic is getting worse again, all across America.

The big picture: As the death toll ticks past 212,000, at a moment when containing the virus ought to be easier and more urgent than ever, we are instead giving it a bigger foothold to grow from.