Workers in the U.S. could finally win a prized benefit enjoyed by citizens of every other wealthy country in the world: mandatory paid parental leave.

The Trump Administration has embraced the idea that federal government should mandate six weeks of paid leave — a move that contradicts decades of Republican orthodoxy. And workers interviewed Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal are welcoming the prospect with open arms.Tiffani Hyltonfell, who was forced to take unpaid leave from her job at Walmart last year after becoming a new mother said, "Six weeks fully paid, that would have saved me months of stress. It would have kept us from being stuck in extra debt for months on end, worrying about how we were going to pay for food and diapers."

Why it matters: It's inconceivable that such a measure, which the administration says will cost $19 billion over ten years, would have gotten any Republican support without the president's championing.

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Rural America has its own coronavirus problem

It's often easier to socially distance in rural America, but it can simultaneously be more challenging to get medical care.

Axios Re:Cap digs into the pandemic's urban-rural divide with microbiologist Amber Schmidtke, who has found that coronavirus-related morbidity is higher in many of Georgia's rural counties than in Atlanta.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 p.m. ET: 12,373,722 — Total deaths: 556,863 — Total recoveries — 6,794,982Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 p.m. ET: 3,156,234 — Total deaths: 133,746 — Total recoveries: 969,111 — Total tested: 38,032,966Map.
  3. Public health: The U.S.'s new default strategy: herd immunity — 23 states and D.C. are mandating face coverings.
  4. ✈️ Travel: Delta CEO says Trump administration should issue mask mandate for air travelAirlines say air quality, cleanliness lower risk.

Biden and Trump point fingers over "buy American" proposals

Joe Biden at a campaign event in Wilmington, DE. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump and Joe Biden are going back and forth over the former vice president's "buy American" economic proposal, which Trump claims Biden "plagiarized" from him.

Why it matters: Biden is directly challenging Trump and his "America First" agenda with the release of his latest plan, focused on economic recovery and re-investing in American manufacturing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.