Guests who'll be seated with First Lady Melania Trump tonight, for the President's speech, as described by the White House:

  • Maureen McCarthy Scalia, widow of Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • Megan Crowley: At 15 months, Megan was diagnosed with Pompe Disease and not expected to live more than a few years. To look for a cure, her father founded Novazyme Pharmaceuticals, a five-person startup that he built into a 100-person company. Megan, age 20, is now a sophomore at Notre Dame.
  • Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver: Jessica and Susan are the widows of Detective Michael Davis and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, California police officers killed in the line of duty in 2014 "by an illegal immigrant." Their names are memorialized in the Davis-Oliver bill, aimed at increasing cooperation between federal and local officials to enforce immigration laws.
  • Denisha Merriweather: After struggling with classes and switching schools often, Denisha moved in with her godmother and enrolled in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. She began going to a private school, Esprit de Corps Center for Learning, and became the first member of her family to graduate from high school and college.
  • Jamiel Shaw, Sr.: Shaw's son, Jamiel Jr., was a high school football star before he was shot "by an illegal immigrant, who was also a gang member," in 2008.

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Trump says he intends to give RNC speech on White House lawn

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President Trump told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, despite bipartisan criticism of the optics and legality of the location.

Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.

Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments

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Antibody drugs and various medicine cocktails against the coronavirus are progressing and may provide some relief before vaccines.

The big picture: Everyone wants to know how and when they can return to "normal" life, as vaccines are not expected to be ready for most Americans for at least a year. Two therapies are known to be helpful, and more could be announced by late September, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci tells Axios.