The Trump administration terminated near-term plans to close the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, a U.S. Forest Service program that trains underprivileged youth primarily in rural communities, amid Congressional backlash, according to Agriculture and Labor departments per Politico.

What they're saying:

"...For the time being, USDA does not intend to transfer these centers to DOL to allow management to determine a pathway that will maximize opportunity and result for students, minimize disruptions, and improve overall performance and integrity. DOL and USDA will conduct a robust organizational review to determine the appropriate course of action keeping in mind the USFS mission, the students we serve and the American taxpayers."
— per a statement from USDA and DOL spokesperson

The backdrop: In late May, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue opted for the Forest Service to eliminate nonessential activities. Nine of 25 Job Corps centers were expected to close starting in September, while another 16 were to be transferred. Nearly 1,100 federal employees would have been laid off.

  • A recent letter from lawmakers to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta challenged the Trump administration’s claim that Forest Service Job Corps centers are expensive and low-performing, per Politico.
  • Lawmakers also suggested that shutting down the program could threaten disaster response across the country.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 7,032,524 — Total deaths: 203,657 — Total recoveries: 2,727,335 — Total tests: 99,483,712Map.
  3. States: "We’re not closing anything going forward": Florida fully lifts COVID restaurant restrictions — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus.
  4. Health: Young people accounted for 20% of cases this summer.
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  6. Education: Where bringing students back to school is most risky.
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Biden pushes unity message in new TV wave

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What he's saying: The ad — which began Friday night, and is a follow-up to "Fresh Start" — draws from a Biden speech earlier in the week in Manitowoc, Wisconsin:

Trump prepares to announce Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court replacement

Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Photo: Matt Cashore/Notre Dame University via Reuters

President Trump is preparing to nominate federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, a favorite of both the social conservative base and Republican elected officials, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Barrett would push the already conservative court further and harder to the right, for decades to come, on the most important issues in American politics — from abortion to the limits of presidential power. If confirmed, she would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the high court.