Senate Republicans will soon have to approve two new members of the Federal Communications Commission — one Republican and one Democrat — and likely re-confirm the body's new chair to a second term. All of that may happen at once, Senate Commerce Committee chair John Thune told Axios in a Monday night conversation:

"I think you'd have to fill it out. I think that when this happens, in order to have a Republican majority over there, we'd probably have to get that other seat filled too. So I suspect if it's a package deal it'll probably be sort of three in the package."

What this means: This is a question of timing. New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai needs to be confirmed to a second term this year in order to stay in the job, but Republicans won't imperil the FCC majority by moving his re-nomination along with a Democrat. They will wait for a second Republican nominee and move all three as a group if they are going to address the nominations as a package.

The bigger picture: The Republican majority at the FCC is crucial to conservative plans to roll back the legacy of aggressive Democratic Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 12,739,269 — Total deaths: 565,704 — Total recoveries — 7,021,460Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 3,247,782 — Total deaths: 134,815 — Total recoveries: 995,576 — Total tested: 39,553,395Map.
  3. Politics: Trump wears face mask in public for first time.
  4. Public health: Fauci hasn't briefed Trump on the coronavirus pandemic in at least two months — We're losing the war on the coronavirus.
  5. States: Louisiana governor issues face mask mandate.
  6. World: India reimposes lockdowns as coronavirus cases soar.

Biden's doctrine: Erase Trump, re-embrace the world

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Foreign policy will look drastically different if Joe Biden defeats President Trump in November, advisers tell Axios — starting with a Day One announcement that the U.S. is re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement and new global coordination of the coronavirus response.

The big picture: If Trump's presidency started the "America First" era of withdrawal from global alliances, Biden's team says his presidency would be the opposite: a re-engagement with the world and an effort to rebuild those alliances — fast.

Robert Mueller speaks out on Roger Stone commutation

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Photo: The Washington Post / Contributor

Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.