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Booker speaks at an LGBTQ presidential forum on September 20, 2019. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Cory Booker's campaign released a memo Saturday asking for his supporters to raise $1.7 million by Sept. 30, suggesting that Booker "might not be in this race for much longer" if there's no fundraising surge.

The big picture: Booker has qualified for the 4th round of Democratic debates in October and has said he will attend CNN's Oct. 8 town hall on LGBTQ issues, as well as MSNBC's Oct. 2 town hall on gun safety.

What they're saying: "Cory 2020 needs to raise an additional $1.7 million by September 30 to be in a position to build the organization necessary to continue competing for the nomination. Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward."

  • "[I]t is probable there are only four campaigns in this race with the money necessary to build and sustain the national organization needed to win the nomination."
  • "We aren’t among them today..."

Go deeper: Cory Booker on the issues, in under 500 words

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Biden confronts mounting humanitarian crisis at the border

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Pool/Getty Images     

Just over a month into his presidency, President Biden is staring down a mounting crisis at the border that could be just as bad as the ones faced by Barack Obama and Donald Trump, if not worse.

Why it matters: Immigration is an issue that can consume a presidency. It's intensely and poisonously partisan. It's complicated. And the lives and welfare of vulnerable children hang in the balance.

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The rise of vaccine passports

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Vaccine passports were touted early in the pandemic as an important piece of the plan to get people back to normal life. Now they’re becoming a reality.

Driving the news: CLEAR, the secure digital identity app that you see in airports around the world, and CommonPass, a health app that lets users securely access vaccination records and COVID test results, have joined forces.

"Vaccine tourism" stretches states' supplies

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Americans who are highly motivated to get vaccinated are traveling across state lines after hearing about larger vaccine supplies or loopholes in sign-up systems.

Why it matters: "Vaccine tourism" raises ethical and legal questions, and could worsen the racial socioeconomic and racial inequalities of the pandemic.