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Congressional Democrats outside talking about "A Better Deal." Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Democrats unveiled a new plank of their "A Better Deal" policy platform today, which largely focuses on corruption under President Trump and campaign finance.

Why it matters: "A Better Deal" was introduced last summer and mainly focused on the economy. The addition of corruption reveals what Democrats hope will be a winning message for the party come November.

Flashback: Democrats used a similar message in 2006, the Washington Post notes, focusing on pay-to-play politics after a number of controversies involving Republicans. Democrats picked up 31 House seats that year.

What's new:

  • Tighten federal laws that regulate lobbying disclosures and federal agent registration.
  • Crack down on lawmakers' ability to avoid conviction in situations of pay-to-play and bribery.
  • Improve election infrastructure and protect voting systems from hacking.

The details: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer led the Democrats during today's unveiling of the new proposals. They were joined by other Democrats, like Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Cheri Bustos. The new proposals were endorsed by 25 Democratic groups.

What they're saying: "President Trump has embraced the most egregious establishment Republican norms," Schumer said. "The Swamp has never been more foul or more fetid than under this President."

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Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, which has been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.

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Race and technology in America

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The technology industry is famously determined to change the world — but its efforts to diversify its workforce and remove bias from its products haven't changed nearly enough.

Biden: "Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been"

President Biden speaks during the 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S Capitolon Oct. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday honored members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2021 and saluted those who are currently serving.

Driving the news: "We expect everything of you, and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been," Biden said.