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The White House has forwarded discretionary spending instructions to Congress — ahead of an April 28 deadline that would result in a government shutdown if no spending plan is in place — proposing nearly $18 billion in cuts to domestic programs in order to fund President Trump's increased military spending and border wall, per Politico.

The NIH would be one of the hardest-hit programs under this spending proposal with a proposed cut of $1.23 billion.

Top Republican appropriators have already said they'd push back on NIH cuts,, but most figured that they'd fight that battle with next year's budget. Now, their day of reckoning with Trump on the NIH might come earlier than they thought.

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Trump's new TikTok threat

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President Trump said twice Monday that the U.S. Treasury would need to get a portion of the sale price of TikTok, as a condition of regulatory approval.

Why it matters: This is akin to extortion — the sort of thing you'd expect to hear on a wiretap, not from the White House in front of reporters.

Ford names James Farley as new CEO amid ongoing turnaround effort

James Hackett, left, is retiring as Ford CEO. Jim Farley, right, takes over Oct. 1. Photo: Ford

Ford announced Tuesday that James Farley will take over as its next CEO, replacing James Hackett, 65, who is retiring after three years in the job.

Why it matters: It leaves Farley to complete the company's ongoing turnaround effort. The transition will be that much harder as the industry tries to navigate the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown which shuttered Ford plants for two months on the eve of some of its most important vehicle launches.

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Watch the full "Axios on HBO" interview with President Trump

In this episode of “Axios on HBO”, President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan.

The interview was filmed on Tuesday, July 28 and aired Monday, Aug. 3 on HBO.