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The Trump administration is working behind the scenes with Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue to radically cut back on the amount of legal immigration to the U.S. According to Politico, the senators, with backing from Trump's policy advisor Stephen Miller and chief strategist Steve Bannon, are introducing a bill this summer that, by 2027, would cut the number of legal immigrants accepted each year in half, from 1 million immigrants annually to 500,000.

At the heart of the bill is a move away from the current immigration system centered on familial ties to one more focused on merit, ultimately resulting in an uptick in green cards for foreigners possessing desired skills.

Why it matters: It's no secret that Trump wants to scale back illegal immigration, and many lawmakers understand that stricter laws are needed. But legal immigration is a different story, and one that is sure to spark backlash in Washington, from Republicans included.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 19,401,935 — Total deaths: 721,906 — Total recoveries — 11,767,805Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 4,942,747 — Total deaths: 161,367 — 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.

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.

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.