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President Trump and a bipartisan group of senators discussed what to do about the national crisis at a White House meeting Thursday, along with a variety of other topics. One idea Trump seemed to like in particular was for every new opioid to hit the market, a different one must be taken off. This idea was pitched by Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and was warmly received, according to Manchin's spokesman.

"I think he seemed to be intrigued by" Manchin's idea, Sen. John Cornyn told me. "He was very interested in the topic. I think some of this, he was aware of the problem, but some of the details about having pharma come up with a non-crushable tablet that can't be abused as much, I thought he found that interesting."

Why this matters: Opioid abuse has become a popular issue among lawmakers, and was discussed often on the campaign trail. However, Trump put forth very little information about what he wanted to do about it, so members like Manchin or Cornyn could have a lot of influence on the president.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 p.m. ET: 20,004,254 — Total deaths: 733,929 — Total recoveries — 12,209,226Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 p.m. ET: 5,088,516 — Total deaths: 163,400 — Total recoveries: 1,670,755 — Total tests: 62,513,174Map.
  3. Politics: Trump claims he would have not called for Obama to resign over 160,000 virus deathsHouse will not hold votes until Sept. 14 unless stimulus deal is reached.
  4. Business: Richer Americans are more comfortable eating out.
  5. Public health: 5 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week — A dual coronavirus and flu threat is set to deliver a winter from hell.
  6. Sports: The cost of kids losing gym class — College football is on the brink.
  7. World: Europe's CDC recommends new restrictions amid "true resurgence in cases."

AOC to speak at Dem convention

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during an April a press conference in Queens, New York City. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will speak at the Democratic convention next week ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders' appearance on the Tuesday night, CNN first reported and Axios has confirmed

Why it matters: Her involvement is a strategic decision to energize young progressives without tying former Vice President Joe Biden too closely or directly with her agenda.

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Protests in Belarus turn deadly following sham election

An arrest today in Minsk. Photo: Natalia Fedosenko/TASS via Getty

Protesters and security forces are clashing across Belarus tonight, with at least one person dead, hundreds injured and thousands arrested.

Why it matters: Sunday’s rigged presidential elections have yielded political uncertainty unlike any seen in Aleksander Lukashenko’s 26-year tenure. After claiming an implausible 80% of the vote, Lukashenko is using every tool in the authoritarian arsenal to maintain his grip on power.