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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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Scoop: Beto plans Texas comeback in governor's race

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Georgetown to Austin March for Democracy rally on July 31, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke is preparing to run for governor of Texas in 2022, with an announcement expected later this year, Texas political operatives tell Axios.

Why it matters: O'Rourke's entry would give Democrats a high-profile candidate with a national fundraising network to challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott — and give O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman from El Paso and 2020 presidential candidate and voting rights activist, a path to a political comeback.

Texas doctor says he performed an abortion in violation of state law

Pro-choice protesters march down Congress Avenue and back to the Texas state capitol in Austin, Tx in July 2021. Photo: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

A Texas doctor disclosed in an op-ed in the Washington Post Saturday that he has performed an abortion in violation of the state's restrictive new abortion law, which bans effectively bans the procedure after six weeks.

Why it matters: Alan Braid's op-ed is a direct disclosure that will very likely result in legal action, thereby setting it up as a potential test case for how the abortion ban will be litigated, notes the New York Times.

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Axios interview: Facebook to try for more transparency

Nick Clegg last year. Photo: Matthew Sobocinski/USA Today via Reuters

Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, tells me the company will try to provide more data to outside researchers to scrutinize the health of activity on Facebook and Instagram, following The Wall Street Journal's brutal look at internal documents.

Driving the news: Clegg didn't say that in his public response to the series. So I called him to push for what Facebook will actually do differently given the new dangers raised by The Journal.

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