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Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) knows he's struggling in the crowded 2020 Democratic field and probably isn't likely to qualify for the first primary debate, but he plans to stay in the race until the first primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire next year, reports Politico.

Why it matters: Bennet joined the presidential race nearly 3 weeks ago, and he hasn't yet had a major breakout, especially in competing with big names like former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders. His profile also matches that of a few of the other lesser-known candidates: a centrist, middle-aged white male.

“[The challenges are] not trivial. A lot of people in America don’t know me and that’s something I have to overcome … I may not be able to overcome that between now and the first debate."
— Sen. Michael Bennet to Politico

Bennet does say if his presidential run doesn't result in his nomination, he doesn't think it'll be "fatal" for him, per Politico.

The big picture: Bennet isn't the only candidate struggling. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) had a strong campaign kickoff, but has seemingly lost momentum. Other candidates including Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) aren't polling with most voters.

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  2. Health: 13 states set single-day case records last week
  3. Business: Where stimulus is needed most.
  4. Education: The dangerous instability of school re-openings.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota COVID cases traced to 3 Trump campaign events
  6. World: Restrictions grow across Europe.
  7. Media: Fox News president and several hosts advised to quarantine.

Republicans and Dems react to Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation

President Trump stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett after she took the constitutional oath to serve as a Supreme Court justice during a White House ceremony Monday night .Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Trump said Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court and her subsequent taking of the constitutional oath Monday was a "momentous day," as she she vowed to serve "without any fear or favour."

  • But as Republicans applauded the third conservative justice in four years, many Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) warned of consequences to the rush to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the Nov. 3 election, with progressives leading calls to expand the court.
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CRISPR pioneer: "Science is on the ballot" in 2020

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In her three decades in science, Jennifer Doudna said she has seen a gradual erosion of trust in the profession, but the recent Nobel Prize winner told "Axios on HBO" that the institution itself has been under assault from the current administration.

  • "I think science is on the ballot," Doudna said in the interview.

Why it matters: That has manifested itself in everything from how the federal government approaches climate change to the pandemic.