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Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

President Trump is “complicit” in the increase of white supremacist violence, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told a CNN town hall in Orangeburg, South Carolina Wednesday.

What he's saying: "For him to fail even to condemn Nazis or even to talk about white supremacy as a problem in this country, to me," he said of Trump. "That is being complicit in the violence that is happening, and I find that unacceptable and repugnant."

The big picture: Booker said at the event moderated by CNN's Don Lemon Trump cut funding from the Justice Department to investigate domestic terrorist groups, "these white supremacist groups," and that was making us less safe.

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Other key issues the 2020 hopeful vowed to tackle included:

  • Considering mass pardons for marijuana offenses.
  • Taking on the NRA.
  • Focusing on reducing prescription drug prices in his first year as president.
  • Not taking donations for his campaign from federal lobbyists, pharmaceutical industry executives or corporate political action committees.
  • Waiting for more on the Mueller report before commenting on whether or not Trump should be impeached.

On reparations: Booker said the conversation should be more than "just a box to check." "So do I support legislation that is race conscious about balancing the economic scales? Not only do I support it, but I have legislation that actually does it," he said, referring to his bill to create baby bonds.

Go deeper: Cory Booker: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

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Group of 20 bipartisan senators back $1.2T infrastructure framework

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives for a meeting with Senate Budget Committee Democrats in the Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol building on June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Majority Leader and Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee are meeting to discuss how to move forward with the Biden Administrations budget proposal. Photo: Samuel Corum / Getty Images

A group of 10 Democratic and 10 Republican senators (the "G20") tasked with negotiating an infrastructure deal with the White House has released a statement in support of a $1.2 trillion framework.

Why it matters: Details regarding the plan have not yet been released, but getting 10 Republicans on board means the bill could get the necessary 60 votes to pass.

DOJ drops criminal probe, civil lawsuit against John Bolton over Trump book

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The Justice Department has closed its criminal investigation into whether President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton disclosed classified information with his tell-all memoir, “The Room Where it Happened," according to a source with direct knowledge.

Why it matters: The move comes a year after the Trump administration tried to silence Bolton by suing him in federal court, claiming he breached his contract by failing to complete a pre-publication review for classified information. Prosecutors indicated they had reached a settlement with Bolton to drop the lawsuit in a filing on Wednesday.

Fed may raise rates sooner, as inflation is higher than expected

Feb chair Jerome Powell. Photo: Susan Walsh/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve kept rates unchanged at its latest policy meeting, but a shift in sentiment emerged as to how soon it should begin raising rates.

Why it matters: The Fed's rock-bottom rates policy and monthly asset purchases helped the U.S. markets avoid a meltdown during the COVID-19 crisis last year. But as the economy recovers, a chorus is growing for the Fed to at least consider a timeline for pulling back its support before things get overheated.

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