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President Trump could be on the cusp of a decision as to whether to keep the US in the 2015 Paris climate accord, the New York Times reports. He'd like to announce the decision next week along with plans to start unwinding EPA rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants, according to the Times.

Why it matters: Whether Trump will follow through on his campaign pledge to abandon the climate pact has been the biggest environmental policy mystery of his fledgling presidency. It's a battle that pits hardliners on rolling back climate initiatives against the more moderating influences in the administration.

What's next: The White House is slated to unveil an executive order sometime next week targeting Obama-era policies including EPA's Clean Power Plan and a moratorium on coal mining leases on federal lands in western states.

The White House declined to provide Axios a timeline on a decision about the Paris accord. Formally withdrawing from the agreement, which is aimed at preventing the most dangerous levels of global warming, is a multi-year process.

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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.