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The Trump administration announced Friday a plan that aims to boost corn-based ethanol, the Des Moines Register reports.

Why it matters: President Trump is facing what the paper has branded a "rural rebellion," necessitating this latest twist in a never-ending battle over America's ethanol mandate. The president is stuck between two allies — agriculture and oil interests — feuding with each other.

Where it stands: The EPA, which administers the plan, and the Agriculture Department will take steps to make up for waivers that some smaller refineries, which face compliance under the law, have received.

  • "The shift, which still must be formally proposed and codified, would effectively force bigger, non-exempted refineries to take up the slack," Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: The arcane policy, which requires refineries to blend a certain amount of ethanol into gasoline, has sucked up a lot of oxygen inside the White House and the Beltway. Across much of the country, motorists are mostly not concerned about it as long as gas prices remain low.

My thought bubble: It'll be interesting to see what degree the policy becomes a big topic in this year's presidential election — specifically Iowa, a key battleground state and America's top corn-ethanol producer.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 18,982,658 — Total deaths: 712,266— Total recoveries — 11,477,642Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 4,873,747 — Total deaths: 159,931 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: Pelosi rips GOP over stimulus negotiations: "Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn" — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive.
  4. Public health: Majority of Americans say states reopened too quicklyFauci says task force will examine aerosolized spread.
  5. Business: The health care sector imploded in Q2More farmers are declaring bankruptcyJuly's jobs report could be an inflection point for the recovery.
  6. Sports: Where college football's biggest conferences stand on playing.
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Nuclear free-for-all: The arms control era may be ending

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The mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki have remained unreplicated for 75 years in part because the U.S. and Soviet Union — after peering over the ledge into nuclear armageddon — began to negotiate.

Why it matters: The arms control era that began after the Cuban Missile Crisis may now be coming to a close. The next phase could be a nuclear free-for-all.

Pelosi, Schumer demand postmaster general reverse USPS cuts ahead of election

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Thursday calling for the recent Trump appointee to reverse operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service that "threaten the timely delivery of mail" ahead of the 2020 election.

Why it matters: U.S. mail and election infrastructure are facing a test like no other this November, with a record-breaking number of mail-in ballots expected as Americans attempt to vote in the midst of a pandemic.