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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) have both called for additional questioning and more information about E. Jean Carroll's recent rape accusation against President Trump, CNN reports.

The big picture: This separates the senators from the majority of the GOP — which has largely stayed silent in response to the accusation, per Politico. Meanwhile, many have taken strong stances of support for Trump.

What they're saying:

  • "It's a very serious allegation," Romney said, according to CNN. "I hope that it is fully evaluated. The President said it didn't happen and I certainly hope that's the case."
  • "I think anybody that makes an accusation like that, they should come forward," Ernst reportedly told CNN when asked if Carroll should be believed. "But obviously there has to be some additional information. They need to interview her. They need to visit with him."

The other side: Other GOP members, like Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), called the alleged acts "unacceptable, deplorable behavior," according to CNN, but added that because "the President is denying them, I can't comment on them because I don't know what the truth is."

Flashback: Many GOP leaders took a hard line against Trump during the height of the "Access Hollywood" tape fallout, which occurred before his presidency. Vice President Mike Pence even went so far as to say he was "offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump” in the 2005 video, per the New York Times.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 12,772,755 — Total deaths: 566,036 — Total recoveries — 7,030,749Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 3,269,531 — Total deaths: 134,898 — Total recoveries: 995,576 — Total tested: 39,553,395Map.
  3. Politics: Trump wears face mask in public for first time.
  4. States: Florida smashes single-day record for new coronavirus cases with over 15,000.
  5. Public health: Trump's coronavirus testing czar says lockdowns in hotspots "should be on the table" — We're losing the war on the coronavirus.
  6. Education: Betsy DeVos says schools that don't reopen shouldn't get federal funds — Pelosi accuses Trump of "messing with the health of our children."
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Florida smashes single-day record for new coronavirus cases

Data: Covid Tracking Project; Chart: Axios Visuals

Florida reported 15,299 confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday — a new single-day record for any state, according to its health department.

The big picture: The figure shatters both Florida's previous record of 11,458 new cases and the single-state record of 11,694 set by California last week, according to AP. It also surpasses New York's daily peak of 11,571 new cases in April, and comes just a day after Disney World reopened in Orlando.

Pelosi: Trump is "messing with the health of our children" with push to open schools

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' aggressive push to fully reopen schools this fall is "malfeasance and dereliction of duty," accusing the Trump administration of "messing with the health of our children."

Why it matters: Trump has demanded that schools reopen as part of his efforts to juice the economy by allowing parents to return to work, despite caution from health officials that little is known about how the virus impacts children.