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The only three black senators on Capitol Hill — Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Tim Scott — introduced bipartisan legislation Friday to make lynching a federal crime.

What they're saying: “It’s a travesty that despite repeated attempts to do so, Congress still hasn’t put anti-lynching legislation on the books," Booker said in an accompanying statement.

  • "Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our history, and we must acknowledge that, lest we repeat it," said Harris.
  • "I thought we did that many years ago," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a Sirius XM interview. McConnell added that he would “certainly” support it.

The backdrop: There were 200 attempts to pass anti-lynching laws between 1882 and 1986, all of which failed. More than 4,000 black people were victims of racial lynching between 1877 and 1950, according to researchers at the Equal Justice Initiative.

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Jeff Sessions loses Alabama Senate primary runoff

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lost the Republican nomination for Senate to Tommy Tuberville in Alabama in Tuesday night’s primary runoff, AP reports.

Why it matters: Sessions had been the underdog in the race against former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville, who had the backing of President Trump. Tuberville will now face off against Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in November, who is considered to have one of the most vulnerable Democratic Senate seats in the country.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 13,273,537 — Total deaths: 577,006 — Total recoveries — 7,367,106Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 3,424,304 — Total deaths: 136,432 — Total recoveries: 1,049,098 — Total tested: 41,764,557Map.
  3. Politics: Biden welcomes Trump wearing mask in public but warns "it’s not enough"
  4. Public health: Four former CDC heads say Trump's undermining of agency puts lives at risk — CDC director: U.S. could get coronavirus "under control" in 4–8 weeks if all wear masks.

Bank CEOs brace for worsening economic scenario

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Photo: J. Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Wells Fargo swung to its first loss since the financial crisis — while JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup reported significantly lower profits from a year earlier — as the banks set aside billions of dollars more in the second quarter for loans that may go bad.

Why it matters: The cumulative $28 billion in loan loss provisions that banks have so far announced they’re reserving serves as a signal they’re preparing for a colossal wave of loan defaults as the economy slogs through a coronavirus-driven downturn.