Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., center, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Senators. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

White House talking points sent internally and to surrogates regarding the Trump administration's tax reform plan claims that it is "an important bipartisan strategy" and highlights Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's work on this issue. The details:

  • "Democrats have a long track record of backing" tax reform. The talking points mention Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer's calls to lower the corporate tax rate.
  • Sen. Heitkamp is "committed to fixing our broken tax code, and making sure it encourages workers, their families, and our businesses."
  • In 2012, Sen. Heitkamp said "Congress 'too often settles' for 'gimmicks and fixes' on taxes, while she pushes for 'corporate income tax reform.'"

Between the lines: The majority of the points reference lowering the corporate tax rate, which is a staple of the admin's reform plan, as seen in details from previous talking points obtained by Axios.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9:45 p.m. ET: 19,282,972 — Total deaths: 718,851 — Total recoveries — 11,671,491Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9:45 p.m. ET: 4,937,441 — Total deaths: 161,248 — Total recoveries: 1,623,870 — Total tests: 60,415,558Map.
  3. Politics: Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases.
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

Warren and Clinton to speak on same night of Democratic convention

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton both are slated to speak on the Wednesday of the Democratic convention — Aug. 19 — four sources familiar with the planning told Axios.

Why it matters: That's the same night Joe Biden's running mate (to be revealed next week) will address the nation. Clinton and Warren represent two of the most influential wise-women of Democratic politics with the potential to turn out millions of establishment and progressive voters in November.

Trump considering order on pre-existing condition protections, which already exist

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President Trump announced on Friday he will pursue an executive order requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, something that is already law.

Why it matters: The Affordable Care Act already requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions. The Trump administration is currently arguing in a case before the Supreme Court to strike down that very law — including its pre-existing condition protections.