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  1. Net neutrality: New chairman Ajit Pai's criticism of a 2015 set of net neutrality protections is well known. But he hasn't yet made it clear how and when he plans to revisit those rules and the reclassification of broadband as a utility.
  2. Antitrust: In the past Pai has been opposed to merger reviews that stick companies with a broad set of conditions. He may not comment on any pending transactions (think AT&T-Time Warner) but Pai's views will matter to the fortunes of any major telecom deals in the coming years. Any comments he makes come against the backdrop of a president who has expressed fears about media consolidation — and pledge on the campaign trail to address the issue.
  3. Broadband deployment: Pai has said that closing the digital divide is going to be a priority of his chairmanship. He's already laid out policy prescriptions to expand internet access in rural and low-income areas, but could provide more detail about how this will translate into commission action. He also has not said anything yet about his plans for the Lifeline program, which provides phone and internet service to low-income people.

Why it matters: The FCC chair's agenda could have an impact on telecom giants and Silicon Valley startups alike, not to mention the millions of American consumers who use their services.

Where to watch: The FCC's open meeting can be streamed live here, with the press conference to follow.

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President Trump's rhetoric on China has tended to run hotter than his actions — until now.

Why it matters: Even at the height of Trump's trade war, his administration never hit China as hard, as fast, and on as many fronts as it is right now.

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Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. in 2019. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an “indefinite leave of absence” from his roles as president and chancellor of Liberty University after posting a photo of himself with unzipped pants and an arm around a woman on social media, according to the school.

The state of play: The picture, which has since been deleted, drew backlash and charges of hypocrisy from conservative political figures because the university's honor code strictly prohibits students from having "sexual relations outside of a biblically-ordained marriage," and recommends they dress with“appropriateness” and “modesty."

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 19,189,737 — Total deaths: 716,669 — Total recoveries — 11,610,192Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,917,050 — Total deaths: 160,702 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue 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.
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.