President Trump is up early tweeting this Saturday morning, and he's going after one reporter in particular: ABC News' Brian Ross, who previously misreported a story that Trump, as a presidential candidate, instructed Michael Flynn to set up a meeting with the Russians during the election. It wasn't until Trump was president-elect that he reportedly asked Flynn, his national security adviser, to do this.

Why it matters: This is the third time in recent months the president or the White House has publicly called for a journalist to be fired. And that further escalates his repeated attempts to discredit the entirety of the media, which he does in ways from attacking them to calling on them to lose their job.


Sarah Sanders, who speaks on behalf of the president, said that the tweets about Trump by ESPN's Jemele Hill were "a fireable offense." And in December, he tweeted that Washington Post's Dave Weigel "should be fired" after he mistakenly tweeted out an incorrect photo of what he thought was a Trump rally, but wasn't.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 21,295,429 — Total deaths: 767,714— Total recoveries: 13,295,750Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 5,345,610 — Total deaths: 169,146 — Total recoveries: 1,796,326 — Total tests: 65,676,624Map.
  3. Health: The coronavirus-connected heart ailment that could lead to sudden death in athletes — Patients grow more open with their health data during pandemic — FDA issues emergency use authorization for Yale's saliva coronavirus test.
  4. Education: "Historic" laptop demand leads to shortages ahead of remote school — Why learning pods aren't a panacea for remote learning — The COVID-19 learning cliff.
  5. States: New York to reopen gyms, bowling alleys, museums.
  6. Podcasts: The rise of learning podsSpecial ed under pressure — Not enough laptops — The loss of learning.

The COVID-19 learning cliff

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Perhaps the most jarring reality of the COVID-19 pandemic for families has been the sudden and dramatic disruption to all levels of education, which is expected to have deep social and economic repercussions for years — if not decades — to come.

Why it matters: As millions of students are about to start the school year virtually, at least in part, experts fear students may fall off an educational cliff — missing key academic milestones, falling behind grade level and in some cases dropping out of the educational system altogether.

Postal slowdown threatens election breakdown

In 24 hours, signs of a pre-election postal slowdown have moved from the shadows to the spotlight, with evidence emerging all over the country that this isn't a just a potential threat, but is happening before our eyes.

Why it matters: If you're the Trump administration, and you're in charge of the federal government, remember that a Pew poll published in April found the Postal Service was viewed favorably by 91% of Americans.