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Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee Wednesday that the budget can't be balanced next year without reforming Social Security and Medicare.

"I don't believe it's possible, in fact I know it's not possible to balance the budget solely using the discretionary portion of the budget…[This year is] probably the last time we could [not touch Social Security retirement and Medicare]."

Go deeper: Trump has promised to "not touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is" and to "save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts" — and Mulvaney said the reason the current budget proposal doesn't touch those is because Trump told him, he "made a promise" he wouldn't.

What it means: If Trump's going to keep those promises to the American people, he's going to have to break another promise and leave the budget unbalanced.

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The silver linings of online school

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Online learning can be frustrating for students, teachers and parents, but some methods are working.

The big picture: Just as companies are using this era of telework to try new things, some principals, teachers and education startups are treating remote learning as a period of experimentation, too.

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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.