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President Trump. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump declared himself "strongly pro-life" in a series of tweets Saturday night — but he made clear he's opposed to key elements of strict new abortion laws as he called for Republican unity on the issue.

I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions — Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother — the same position taken by Ronald Reagan."

Driving the news: Many 2020 hopefuls have publicly opposed Missouri's and Alabama's strict new abortion laws, including Trump's only major GOP primary challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.

The big picture: This is the first time Trump has addressed the conservative drive to overhaul abortion laws, which seeks to eventually challenge protections that have existed at a federal level since Roe v. Wade in 1973. In his tweets, Trump said "we have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new Federal judges."

"If we are foolish and do not stay UNITED as one, all of our hard fought gains for Life can, and will, rapidly disappear!"
— Trump, Twitter, May 18

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U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record

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Data: COVID Tracking Project; Chart: Axios Visuals

The United States reported 88,452 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting a single-day record, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

The big picture: The country confirmed 1,049 additional deaths due to the virus, and there are over 46,000 people currently being hospitalized, suggesting the U.S. is experiencing a third wave heading into the winter months.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day.
  2. Politics: Top HHS spokesperson pitched coronavirus ad campaign as "helping the president" — Space Force's No. 2 general tests positive for coronavirus.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. Sports: MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.
  5. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.

The norms around science and politics are cracking

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Crafting successful public health measures depends on the ability of top scientists to gather data and report their findings unrestricted to policymakers.

State of play: But concern has spiked among health experts and physicians over what they see as an assault on key science protections, particularly during a raging pandemic. And a move last week by President Trump, via an executive order, is triggering even more worries.