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The American Civil Liberties Union plans to spend $30 million as part of a 2020 issues-based campaign seeking commitments from presidential candidates, the HuffPost reports.

Details: The campaign, dubbed "Rights for All," was launched on Sunday and will use the liberal-leaning group's thousands of members to target early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina to pressure the candidates on issues concerning civil liberties. Its platform includes cutting the federal prison population in half, restoring voting rights to incarcerated people, providing a path to citizenship for immigrants without legal status and reducing immigration detention.

The big picture: The increasingly large Democratic field of candidates already supports many of the positions the ACLU is pushing. But as the HuffPost notes, there will likely be some pushback on a pledge to reduce the federal prison population by half and allow the incarcerated to vote.

  • Currently, only Maine and Vermont allow people to vote while serving their time in prison.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

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