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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Senate Democrats are running on health care, but it's not just against the GOP's Affordable Care Act repeal agenda. They're also finding health care attack angles unique to their opponents.

Why it matters: Polling shows that health care is at the top of voters' minds, and Democrats are hoping that piling onto last year's unpopular Republican effort gives them that much more of an edge in November.

The details: In several Senate races, Democrats are leaning into what they say are vulnerabilities specific to Republican challengers.

  • In Missouri and West Virginia, Democrats are attacking the the GOP candidates – Attorneys General Josh Hawley and Patrick Morrisey – for signing onto a lawsuit against the ACA.
  • In Florida, they're hitting Gov. Rick Scott for not expanding Medicaid and for his tenure as CEO of hospital chain Columbia/HCA when it was fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud.
  • Montana Senate candidate Matt Rosendale is the state insurance commissioner and is getting hit for approving premium hikes.
  • And in New Jersey, GOP candidate and former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin is getting hammered for the company's drug price hikes. (Sen. Bob Menendez has his own problems, though: corruption charges against him, which ended in a mistrial, included allegations that he improperly helped friend and donor Salomon Melgen fight charges of Medicare fraud.)

The other side: Republicans are happy to remind voters that Democratic incumbents, especially in red states, belong to a party that is quickly moving towards embracing single-payer health care.

  • While Republicans haven't yet hit Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin for his ties to Mylan, the company that makes EpiPens, they still see it as a potentially potent line of attack. However, Morrisey has his own messy ties to an opioid distributor.

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Rep. Ronny Jackson walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) allegedly made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female staffer, drank alcohol and took sleeping medication while working as White House physician, according to a report obtained by CNN Tuesday night.

Driving the news: The Department of Defense inspector general's report stems from a years-long investigation. Jackson has called the allegations "false and fabricated."

DOJ pressed to enforce Al Jazeera foreign agent ruling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

Poll: Immigration is America's most-polarizing issue

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Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.