President Trump promoted Breitbart on Twitter this afternoon setting it up as a real news source in opposition to the rest of what he calls the fake, mainstream media. "Steve Bannon will be a tough and smart new voice at @BreitbartNews...maybe even better than ever before. Fake News needs the competition!" he tweeted.

Why this could create challenges: The president is positioning Breitbart as Real News and they're about to ramp up a relentless campaign against half the West Wing — including the "globalists" and the "West Wing Democrats." That's Bannon-speak for Ivanka and Jared, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster and Dina Powell.

Mark down this prediction: Within a few weeks' time - actually probably sooner -West Wing officials will be anonymously telling reporters that Breitbart is a joke and its hit pieces shouldn't be taken seriously.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 19,477,290 — Total deaths: 723,531 — Total recoveries — 11,801,489Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2. p.m. ET: 4,983,026 — Total deaths: 162,181 — Total recoveries: 1,623,870 — Total tests: 60,415,558Map.
  3. Politics: Trump signs 4 executive actions on coronavirus aid.
  4. Public health: Fauci says chances are "not great" that COVID-19 vaccine will be 98% effective — 1 in 3 Americans would decline COVID-19 vaccine.
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  6. Schools: How back-to-school is playing out in the South as coronavirus rages on — Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Howard to hold fall classes online.

Trump signs 4 executive actions on coronavirus aid

President Trump speaking during a press conference on Aug. 8. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump on Saturday signed four executive actions to provide relief from economic damage sustained during the coronavirus pandemic after talks between the White House and Democratic leadership collapsed Friday afternoon.

Why it matters: Because the Constitution gives Congress the power to appropriate federal spending, Trump has limited authority to act unilaterally — and risks a legal challenge if congressional Democrats believe he has overstepped.

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What's next for Lebanon after the Beirut explosion

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Beirut residents are still clearing rubble from streets that appear war-torn, days after a blast that shocked the country and horrified the world.

Why it matters: The explosion is likely to accelerate a painful cycle Lebanon was already living through — discontent, economic distress, and emigration.