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White House spokesperson Raj Shah said in a statement today, "Our understanding is the decision to give a contract to Whitefish Energy was made exclusively by Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. The White House is not aware of any federal involvement in the selection."

Why it matters: Attention has been drawn to a $300 million electric utility repair contract made with Whitefish Energy Holdings in Montana to fix the power grid in Puerto Rico. The company only had two full-time employees and little experience before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

Go deeper: A breakdown of what makes the contract suspicious.

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U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began

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The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

By the numbers: Friday's total surpassed the U.S.'s previous record set on July 17 when 76,842 cases were recorded. 

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Fauci: Trump hasn't been to a COVID task force meeting in months

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President Trump has not attended a White House coronavirus task force meeting in “several months,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Friday.

Why it matters: At the beginning of the pandemic, the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, met every day, but in the "last several weeks," members have held virtual meetings once a week, Fauci said, even as the number of new cases continues to surge in the country.