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Robert Liang, who said he knew about the software Volkswagen used to skirt emissions standards for about 600,000 diesel vehicles, has been sentenced to three years of prison, per the AP. He's also been slapped with a fine of $200,000, steeper than prosecutors' requested $20,000 fine.

Why it matters: The cars emitted more than 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide, according to investigators, which can result in respiratory problems for humans.

This has been updated to reflect the sentencing.

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Gallup: Party preference swings dramatically in favor of Democrats

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Americans' political party preferences have swung sharply from a 2-point Republican advantage in January to an 11-point Democratic advantage in July, according to Gallup's monthly averages of telephone polls in 2020.

The big picture: The dramatic shift is more a product of fewer people identifying as Republican or Republican-leaning (down 8% since January) than gains among those who identify as Democratic or Democratic-leaning (up 5%).

Nancy Pelosi: "I yearn for other Republican presidents"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on President Trump Thursday to exercise "the full power" of the Defense Production Act to meet coronavirus equipment needs and accused him of engaging in a "massive dereliction of duty" by ignoring science during the pandemic.

What she's saying: "I yearn for other Republican presidents," Pelosi said at a press conference. "While we may have disagreed on many points, but at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country."

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T-Mobile debuts free robocall-fighting service

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T-Mobile announced Thursday it will offer ScamShield, a free scam-blocking service, to all T-Mobile, Metro and Sprint customers.

Why it matters: Robocalls remain the scourge of the industry, with billions of unwanted calls pummeling customers last year.