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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at San Francisco General Hospital on June 10. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The California Republican Party on Saturday chose not to endorse any candidate in the upcoming recall election that could remove Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from office, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Republicans are hoping the decision will unite their base toward defeating Newsom, who is fairing well in polls. There are 24 Republicans on the recall ballot.

What they're saying: "We cannot afford to discourage voters who are passionate about a particular candidate, yet may not vote because their favored candidate didn’t receive the endorsement," Harmeet Dhillon and Shawn Steel, members of the Republican National Committee, said, per Politico.

  • "The California Republican Party should unite towards the sole goal of driving support for this historic recall," Kevin Faulconer, former mayor of San Diego, said.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may need votes from an unlikely source — the Republican Party — if she hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by next Monday, as she's promised Democratic centrists.

Why it matters: With at least 20 progressives threatening to vote against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, centrist members are banking on more than 10 Republicans to approve the bill.

House Democrats strip Iron Dome money from government funding bill

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House Democrats on Tuesday stripped $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome defense system from its short-term government funding bill after backlash from progressives, people familiar with the decision tell Axios.

Why it matters: There has never a situation where military aid for Israel was held up because of objections from members of Congress. While the funding will likely get a vote in a future defense bill, the clash underscores the deep divisions within the Democratic party over Israel.

Oversight Board calls for more Facebook transparency

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The Facebook Oversight Board on Tuesday called on the social media giant to "commit to transparency" in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report last week that millions of high-profile users get special treatment by content moderators.

Why it matters: Although initially funded by Facebook, the Oversight Board operates independently as a kind of Supreme Court for the platform. The company has agreed to obey its rulings on specific content disputes, but the board's broader policy advice is strictly on a "recommendation" basis.