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Marcia Fudge and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Photos by Getty Images’ Kris Connor and Toya Sarno Jordan

Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus are supporting Nancy Pelosi’s bid for the speakership over their own colleague and former chair, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who’s mulling a challenging against the Minority Leader, Politico reports.

Why it matters: This comes as the caucus’ current chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) wrote recently about the need for a black speaker or majority leader. A number of CBC members, including Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking black lawmaker in the caucus, said they’re backing Pelosi for the top leadership post. But Politico reports that Richmond said he would support Fudge if she decides to run.

The backdrop: Even before last week’s midterm elections, there has been growing calls by some younger Democrats who want to see a whole new and diverse leadership team put in place. Fudge, 66, is part of a group of 17 anti-Pelosi critics who have signed on to a letter pledging not to support Pelosi, 78, on the floor.

  • Pelosi, known for her fundraising prowess and political knowledge, has been leading House Democrats since 2003. At a press conference Thursday, Pelosi maintained confidence that she will prevail. A vote in the Democratic caucus is slated for Nov. 28. The full House will elect a new speaker on Jan. 3
  • Asked about a potential challenge from Fudge, Pelosi told reporters: “Come on in, the water’s warm.

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Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: DACA was implemented under former President Obama, but President Trump has sought to undo the program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting applications starting Monday and guarantee that work permits are valid for two years.

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Counties around the San Francisco Bay Area will adopt California’s new regional stay-at-home order amid surges in cases and ICU hospitalizations, health officials said Friday.

The big picture: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a three-week stay-at-home order on Thursday that would go into effect in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity. Despite the Bay Area’s current 25.3% ICU capacity, health officials from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and the city of Berkeley are moving ahead with a shelter-in-place mandate in the hopes of reducing risk.