As conservative voters head to the polls in November to elect anti-abortion lawmakers, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock tells Axios that the pro-abortion rights platform will help Democrats to pick up seats in the Senate and take back the House.

Why it matters: Abortion shouldn’t be a taboo topic for Democrats, but few are talking about it on the campaign trail. Part of that, Schriock says, is strategic: she thinks conservative Republican candidates will scare away critical voters — like millennials, the largest voting bloc this year — with their hard-line anti-abortion stances.

Driving the news: President Trump wants to cut Title X federal funding from organizations like Planned Parenthood that promote or provide abortions.

The big picture: Health care is a top issue across the country, meaning some voters will want to hear about reproductive rights, especially from the record number of women running for office at every level.

The other side: See our interview with anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser here.

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Macron visits Beirut promising a "new political pact" for Lebanon

Macron visits the hard-hit Gemmayzeh neighborhood. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron walked through the blast-damaged streets of Beirut on Thursday, swarmed by people chanting for the fall of Lebanon's government and pleading for international aid.

Why it matters: Lebanon is at a breaking point. Its economy was collapsing and its government hardly functioning — all before a massive explosion destroyed swathes of the capital city, including its vital port.

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The PGA Championship is golf's first major in over a year

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The 2020 PGA Championship tees off Thursday at San Francisco's TPC Harding Park, which is hosting its first-ever major.

Why it matters: It's the first major in more than a year — and the first of seven majors in the next 12 months. Though there won't be any fans in attendance, the excitement is palpable.

July's jobs report could be an inflection point for the coronavirus recovery

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Even if Friday's jobs report shows a big number, it is becoming clear hiring slowed and likely even reversed course in July and real-time indicators suggest the employment situation worsened into August.

Driving the news: Payroll processor ADP's monthly jobs report showed private companies added 167,000 jobs last month, well below the 1.2 million expected by economists and far below June's 4.8 million jobs added.