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The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would override the ride-hailing regulations passed by the city of Austin last year. Austin's laws include a fingerprinting requirement for all ride-hailing drivers.

Next steps: If Gov. Abbott signs the bill into law (as he hinted on Twitter he will), Austin will likely see the return of Uber and Lyft, which left the city in protest over the fingerprinting requirement. A Lyft spokesperson confirmed to Axios that it plans to resume operations pending the governor's signature, and Uber has said the same to local news outlets.

SxSW challenge: During the annual South by Southwest tech festival in March, many attendees expressed frustration when it was difficult to get a ride due to a combination of bad weather and technical issues experienced by some of the new alternative services that cropped up in Austin. The return of Lyft and Uber would likely adversely impact these startups' business.

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House Judiciary Committee releases transcript of Geoffrey Berman testimony

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The House Judiciary Committee on Monday released the transcript of its closed-door interview with Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who was forced out by Attorney General Bill Barr last month.

Why it matters: House Democrats have seized on Berman's testimony, in which he claimed the attorney general sought to "entice" him into resigning so that he could be replaced by SEC chairman Jay Clayton, to bolster allegations that the Justice Department has been politicized under Barr.

The nationwide K-12 tipping point

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The doors of public schools are swiftly slamming shut for many Americans ahead of this next school year.

Driving the news: Los Angeles and San Diego are starting out online-only this fall, forcing 825,000 students to learn with a laptop.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 12,995,037 — Total deaths: 570,435 — Total recoveries — 7,157,634Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 3,341,838— Total deaths: 135,425 — Total recoveries: 1,006,326 — Total tested: 40,282,176Map.
  3. World: WHO head: There will be no return to the "old normal" for the foreseeable future — Hong Kong Disneyland closing due to surge.
  4. States: California orders sweeping rollback of open businesses as virus cases surge — Cuomo says New York will use formula to determine if reopening schools is safe.
  5. Politics: McEnany denies White House issued "opposition research" on Fauci.