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The decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "a peak moment" of the presidency, President Trump told Israel Hayom during a sit-down interview at the White House Thursday.

Why it matters: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced he would cut ties with the U.S. when Trump made his Jerusalem announcement on Dec. 6. As Axios' Barak Ravid scooped, the White House is now considering presenting a Middle East peace plan even if Abbas refuses to come to the negotiating table.

What he said: Trump called the decision "a very important pledge" that he fulfilled despite "tremendous lobbying." When asked if Israel would have to provide something in return, the president said "both sides will have to make hard compromises to reach a peace agreement."

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Trump ramps up culture war attacks

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President Trump's attacks are spreading to sports that are cornerstones of rural, conservative white American life.

Why it matters: The culture war that engulfed the NBA and NFL is reaching other major leagues, with teams that stonewalled activists for years suddenly showing a willingness to listen.

Foreign students could be forced to leave U.S. if colleges move online

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Foreign college students could be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer schools if their universities move classes entirely online this fall, according to guidance released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday.

Why it matters: Several U.S. colleges and universities — most recently Harvard — have announced plans to move most or all courses online this fall due to coronavirus concerns. Many institutions rely heavily on tuition from international students.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 11,520,461 — Total deaths: 535,453 — Total recoveries — 6,231,052Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 2,911,888 — Total deaths: 130,090 — Total recoveries: 906,763 — Total tested: 35,512,916Map.
  3. Public health: Case growth outpacing testing in hotspots.
  4. States: West Virginia becomes latest state to mandate facial coverings in public.
  5. Politics: Cuomo accuses Trump of "enabling" the coronavirus surge — Sen. Chuck Grassley opts out of attending GOP convention over coronavirus concerns.