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The Justice Department filed a notice of compliance Friday evening explaining their interpretation of the recent court order forbidding the separation of migrant families, which they say allows Homeland Security to legally keep children in detention with their parents longer than 20 days, despite no change to the Flores Settlement.

Why it matters: This move creates a “Sophie’s choice” for migrant parents, former DOJ immigration lawyer Leon Fresco tells Axios — either they keep their kids in detention for an extended period of time, or allow them to be taken into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Trump administration only filed to explain to Judge Dolly Gee — who made the 2015 Flores Settlement ruling — why children would be held in detention longer than 20 days.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is trying to evade the blame of family separation.

  • A DOJ spokesman said in a statement, “We are beholden to a broken immigration system that Congress has refused to fix and that courts have exacerbated.”

Yes, but: While family detention was common during the Obama administration, there were also programs that released families until their immigration hearings, with ankle bracelets and other incentives for returning to court (also known as “catch and release.”) The Trump administration has not included this as a possibility.

What to watch: How Judge Gee will respond to DOJ on the two potentially conflicting court orders determining how the government can legally detain undocumented immigrant families.

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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.