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Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders debased Rep. Brad Sherman's (D, Calif.) proposed articles of impeachment against President Trump as "utterly and completely ridiculous and a political game at its worst." She similarly dismissed calls for Jared Kushner's security clearance to be revoked, stating the notion is just another example Democrats playing political games. Other highlights from Sanders' off-camera briefing:

  • What's with the gaps in Trump's agenda? Sanders said he's been in private meetings discussing national security, cybersecurity, trade, and the economy.
  • Has Trump spoken with Don Jr? Sanders wasn't sure about the specifics, but said they've spoken "at least at some point over the past few days."
  • Does Trump view Russia as a friend or foe? Sanders dodged for the third day in a row.

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Inside Biden's Supreme Court strategy

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Joe Biden’s closing argument will shift to a dominant emphasis on health care, turning the looming Supreme Court fight into a referendum on coverage and pre-existing conditions, officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: Biden aides believed they were winning when the race was about the coronavirus pandemic. Now they plan to use the Supreme Court opening as a raucous new field for a health care fight, returning to a theme that gave Democrats big midterm wins in 2018.

RBG dominates social media

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg-related social media interactions dwarfed all other topics this week — a departure from a run of weeks where, other than the coronavirus, violence in cities was the dominant storyline.

The big picture: In just two days, there were 41 million interactions (likes, comments or shares) on stories about the late Supreme Court justice, according to exclusive NewsWhip data.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 6,792,075 — Total deaths: 199,481 — Total recoveries: 2,577,446 — Total tests: 94,211,463Map.
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  5. Health: The dwindling chances of eliminating COVID-19 — 7 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week.
  6. World: England sets £10,000 fine for breaking self-isolation rules — The countries painting their pandemic recoveries green.