Steve Bannon. Photo: Andrew Harrer / Getty

Rebekah Mercer, a primary financial supporter of Steve Bannon and Breitbart News, has released a statement saying she and her billionaire father have not spoken to Bannon "in many months" and do not support his "recent actions and statements," after Bannon attacked President Trump and his family in interviews for a forthcoming book, per the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, the Mercers and other Breitbart board members have seriously discussed removing Steve Bannon as chairman of Breitbart due to his feud with Trump, the Wall Street Journal reports and Axios' Jonathan Swan has corroborated.

Why it matters: If the Mercers abandon Bannon he'll be left without the main funders of his political activities, harming his ability to take on the GOP establishment in this year's midterm elections. Mercer said in the statement that her family has "provided no financial support to [Bannon's] political agenda" in recent months.

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday that President Trump will "accept the results of a free and fair election," but did not specify whether he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses to Joe Biden.

Why it matters: Trump refused to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transition of power, instead remarking: "we're going to have to see what happens."

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In an urgent appeal on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said President Trump presented "unique threats to our democracy" and detailed a plan to ensure the election results will be honored and that voters can cast their ballots safely.

Driving the news: When asked yesterday whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses, Trump would not, and said: "We're going to have to see what happens."

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Amazon's new spherical Echo smart speaker. Screenshot: Axios

Amazon debuted a range of new Ring, Fire TV and Echo hardware on Thursday, including more environmentally sustainable versions of its audio and video gear. Among the products introduced are a cloud gaming service, a home monitoring drone and new spherical designs for its Echo and Echo dot smart speakers.

Why it matters: Amazon, like rivals Google and Apple, typically gives its consumer hardware a launch ahead of the holidays. Apple has already introduced new iPads, while Google has scheduled a Sept. 30 event, where it is expected to debut new audio and video gear, alongside updated Pixel phones.

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