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Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign said this week that it raised $25.3 million in Q3 from 1.4 million donations — with $33.7 million cash in hand.

The big picture: Sanders is the first 2020 candidate to reach 1 million individual donors, highlighting the power of grassroots donations that continue to propel him in the 2020 race. His campaign maintains a fundraising advantage thanks to the massive donor list Sanders built during his 2016 presidential run.

By the numbers: Sanders' numbers are up nearly $7 million from Q2, when he raised $18 million.

  • Sanders' campaign says the average donation was $18.07.
  • The campaign has raised $61.5 million since its February launch.

What to watch: Sanders was one of the first 2020 heavyweights to release his Q3 numbers.

  • It's the biggest quarter from a 2020 Democrat so far in the race, but he might not end up leading the pack — as his main progressive rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is riding a wave of poll momentum.

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Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.

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