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Trump's Fed board nominee Stephen Moore told North Dakota conservative radio station WZFG Tuesday his enemies are "pulling a Kavanaugh against me" after his past controversial statements on women and others resurfaced.

"I was so honored when I got the call from Donald Trump. But all it’s been since then has been one personal assault after another and a kind of character assassination having nothing to do with economics."

Between the lines: Moore is facing extra scrutiny as a Republican partisan rather than an economic technocrat, as Axios' Felix Salmon notes. This has led him to compare his situation to outrage over allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — which the judge denies. Senior Republicans including Trump have defended him.

The big picture: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wrote a letter to him Tuesday, saying he should be disqualified from consideration for saying in 2014 Cincinnati and Cleveland are "armpits of America." It is one of a series of previously stated controversial comments made by Moore that have come to light, including:

  • A New York Times report of when he wrote in 2000 college was a place "for men to lose their boyhood innocence" and women seemed fine with that. "If they were so oppressed and offended by drunken, lustful frat boys, why is it that on Friday nights the showed up in droves in tight skirts to the keg parties?" he said.
  • CNBC noted he stated in a 2003 column he has an "ingenious child rearing technique" of taping a photo of the slain Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein with the message, "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO KIDS THAT GROW UP TO BE DEMOCRATS!"
  • CNBC reported he wrote in 2004 his then-3-year-old boy being diagnosed with “low-muscle tone” by a pediatrician. "He might as well have told us that [the boy] has AIDS," Moore wrote.
  • The Washington Post notes he once called for Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) to be impeached and criticized Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 12,772,755 — Total deaths: 566,036 — Total recoveries — 7,030,749Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 3,269,531 — Total deaths: 134,898 — Total recoveries: 995,576 — Total tested: 39,553,395Map.
  3. Politics: Trump wears face mask in public for first time.
  4. States: Florida smashes single-day record for new coronavirus cases with over 15,000.
  5. Public health: Trump's coronavirus testing czar says lockdowns in hotspots "should be on the table" — We're losing the war on the coronavirus.
  6. Education: Betsy DeVos says schools that don't reopen shouldn't get federal funds — Pelosi accuses Trump of "messing with the health of our children."
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Florida smashes single-day record for new coronavirus cases

Data: Covid Tracking Project; Chart: Axios Visuals

Florida reported 15,299 confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday — a new single-day record for any state, according to its health department.

The big picture: The figure shatters both Florida's previous record of 11,458 new cases and the single-state record of 11,694 set by California last week, according to AP. It also surpasses New York's daily peak of 11,571 new cases in April, and comes just a day after Disney World reopened in Orlando.

Pelosi: Trump is "messing with the health of our children" with push to open schools

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' aggressive push to fully reopen schools this fall is "malfeasance and dereliction of duty," accusing the Trump administration of "messing with the health of our children."

Why it matters: Trump has demanded that schools reopen as part of his efforts to juice the economy by allowing parents to return to work, despite caution from health officials that little is known about how the virus impacts children.