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Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise visit, announcing actions the DOJ is taking against sanctuary cities. He said states and localities seeking DOJ grants must certify compliance with immigration policy, or lose federal funding. He added: "I strongly urge our nation's states... to seriously consider the harm they are doing to our citizens" by refusing to implement federal law.

  • Is Trump serious about working with Dems on health care? "Absolutely," said Spicer. "I don't think we've seen the end of health care." He added that AHCA showed Trump's deal-making skills because he "knew when to walk away."
  • Will Trump work with Freedom Caucus moving forward? "I think it'll depend..." said Spicer, adding that the president "learned a lot through this process about loyalty."
  • On Intel chairman's controversial WH visit: "I'm not going to get into who he met with or why he met with them," he said, refusing to speculate as to why Nunes had to visit the WH, or whether any WH staffers helped him gain access.
  • Tax reform: Secretary Mnuchin has discussed August as a potential date. Will that be Trump's plan? "Obviously we'll work with Congress... but we're driving the train on this."
  • Kushner's cooperation with Russia probe: "He volunteered" to tell Senate Intel about contacts he had with Russia as campaign/transition point person for foreign governments.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 20,755,406 — Total deaths: 752,225— Total recoveries: 12,917,934Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 5,246,760 — Total deaths: 167,052 — Total recoveries: 1,774,648 — Total tests: 64,831,306Map.
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  4. 2020: Biden calls for 3-month national mask mandateBiden and Harris to receive coronavirus briefings 4 times a week.
  5. States: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to drop lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate.
  6. Business: Why the CARES Act makes 2020 the best year for companies to lose money.
  7. Public health: Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments Cases are falling, but don't get too comfortable.

Trump says he intends to give RNC speech on White House lawn

President Trump speaking to reporters on South Lawn in July. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, despite bipartisan criticism of the optics and legality of the location.

Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.

Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments

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Antibody drugs and various medicine cocktails against the coronavirus are progressing and may provide some relief before vaccines.

The big picture: Everyone wants to know how and when they can return to "normal" life, as vaccines are not expected to be ready for most Americans for at least a year. Two therapies are known to be helpful, and more could be announced by late September, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci tells Axios.