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The Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday announced the moderators for the general election debates: Fox News' Chris Wallace, USA Today's Susan Page, C-SPAN's Steve Scully and NBC News' Kristen Welker.

What to watch: President Trump has previously been a harsh critic of Chris Wallace and attacked NBC as "fake news."

What they're saying: "These are not the moderators we would have recommended if the campaign had been allowed to have any input," Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.

  • "One thing is sure: Chris Wallace’s selection ensures that Biden will finally see him face-to-face after dodging his interview requests," he added.

Details:

  • First presidential debate on Sept. 29: Chris Wallace
  • Vice presidential debate on Oct. 7: Susan Page
  • Second presidential debate on Oct. 15: Steve Scully
  • Third presidential debate on Oct. 22: Kristen Welker

The first and third presidential debates will be held in 15-minute segments, while the vice presidential debate will only allow for 10-minute segments. Candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question.

  • The second presidential debate will be held through a town meeting, with audience members posing questions.
  • Each debate will air 9pm–10:30pm ET.

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Scoop: Border officials project 13,000 child migrants in May

The "El Chaparral" border crossing at Tijuana. Photo: Stringer/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

A Customs and Border Protection staffer told top administration officials Thursday the agency is projecting a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border in May, sources directly familiar with the discussion told Axios.

Why it matters: That projection would exceed the height of the 2019 crisis, which led to the infamous "kids-in-cages" disaster. It also underscores a rapidly escalating crisis for the Biden administration.

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U.S. strikes Iran-backed militia facilities in Syria

President Biden at the Pentagon on Feb. 10. Photo: Alex Brandon - Pool/Getty Images

The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, the Pentagon announced.

The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.