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Richard Blumenthal, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Monday he believes an independent special prosecutor should be appointed to the Trump-Russia probe before a vote is held on the next FBI Director.

Join the club: Blumenthal joins Senate Intel Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Minority Whip Dick Durbin, Kirsten Gillibrand and Dianne Feinstein.

Democrats aren't agreeing on who should appoint the special prosecutor — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would normally be responsible for appointing one, but role he played James Comey's firing has raised red flags for some Dems.

  • Blumenthal followed up by tweeting "if Deputy AG won't step up, I'll introduce a bill" to start the process, indicating he thinks the ball is in Rosenstein's court.
  • But Schumer said last week that Rosenstein should not appoint the special prosecutor.

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As the coronavirus poses risks and concerns for the youngest and oldest Americans, the generations in the middle are buckling under the increasing strain of having to take care of both.

Why it matters: People that make up the so-called sandwich generations are typically in their 30s, 40s and 50s, and in their prime working years. The increasing family and financial pressures on these workers means complications for employers, too.

Why Scranton matters again in 2020

Biden and Clinton visit Biden's childhood home in Scranton in 2016. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The hometown of Joe Biden and "The Office" is polishing its perennial status as a guidepost for the nation's political mood.

Driving the news: Biden returns to Scranton, Pa., today with a campaign stop just outside the city limits at a metalworking plant, where he'll deliver remarks on a plan to create jobs and "help America build back better."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 12,051,561 — Total deaths: 549,735 — Total recoveries — 6,598,230Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 3,055,144 — Total deaths: 132,309 — Total recoveries: 953,420 — Total tested: 37,532,612Map.
  3. 2020: Houston mayor cancels Texas Republican convention.
  4. Public health: Deaths are rising in hotspots — Déjà vu sets in as testing issues rise and PPE dwindles.
  5. Travel: United warns employees it may furlough 45% of U.S. workforce How the pandemic changed mobility habits, by state.
  6. Education: New York City schools will not fully reopen in fallHarvard and MIT sue Trump administration over rule barring foreign students from online classes.