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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke told CBSN's Elaine Quijano Wednesday the stance of the 2020 Democratic front-runner, former Vice President Biden, on abortion and support of the Hyde Amendment is "absolutely wrong."

"I hope Joe Biden rethinks his position on this issue. Perhaps he doesn't have all the facts. Perhaps he doesn't understand who the Hyde Amendment hurts the most... lower-income communities, communities of color. I would ask that he rethink his position on this."

Context: At a time when Democrats have expressed concern at conservative states passing abortion restrictions, Biden said Wednesday he wouldn't repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the federal government from providing funding abortions except in extreme cases.

The big picture: While President Trump and Biden have been facing off, other 2020 Democratic candidates have been piggybacking off the former vice president's issues, attempting to position themselves as a contender.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was asked if Biden's stance was wrong. "Yes," she replied. "Under the Hyde Amendment and every effort to try to chip away or push back or get rid of Rowe v. Wade, understand this: Women of means will still have access to abortions," she said. "Who won't ... will be poor women."
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said Biden's 1994 crime bill was "awful," and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) also disagreed with the bill.

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White House aims to protect workers from extreme heat

Two pear pickers in Hood River, Oregon on August 13, 2021. (Michael Hanson/AFP via Getty Images)

The White House announced a slew of actions Monday, including the start of a rule-making process at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to protect American workers from extreme heat.

Driving the news: The U.S. just had its hottest summer on record, with triple-digit-temperatures killing hundreds in the Pacific Northwest and exposing outdoor workers to dangerous conditions.

Robert Costa: Gen. Mark Milley "was not going rogue" with China calls

Washington Post journalist Robert Costa on Monday said in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America that Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley "was not going rogue" when told his Chinese counterpart that the U.S. would not launch a surprise attack.

Driving the news: President Biden last week expressed "great confidence" in Milley after excerpts released from Costa's and Bob Woodward's book "Peril" revealed calls where Milley admits he would let China know ahead of time if former President Trump decided to attack.

Delta variant fears curb fall flying

Travelers in the Miami International Airport. Photo: by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Continued worries about the Delta variant are derailing fall travel plans.

Driving the news: Thanksgiving domestic flight bookings in August were 18% lower this year compared with 2019, according to a new Adobe Digital Economy Index report out Monday morning.