Oct 8, 2019

Dianne Feinstein endorses Biden for 2020

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Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) formally endorsed Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

What she's saying: In her statement on Tuesday, Feinstein applauded Biden's gun reform policy, describing it as "one of the pillars of his campaign." She emphasized that she believes he can get real work done in a Congress "dominated by ideological polarization," per the Chronicle.

  • Biden's latest gun reform plan would ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, but would not call for a mandatory assault weapons buyback program.

Go deeper: Biden's campaign has a new strategy to win over female voters

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 6,724.516 — Total deaths: 394,018 — Total recoveries — 2,996,832Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 1,894,753 — Total deaths: 109,042 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: WHCA president says White House violated social-distancing guidelines to make reporters "a prop" — Jailing practices contribute to spread.
  4. Sports: How coronavirus could reshuffle the sports calendar.
  5. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.
  6. Media: The Athletic lays off 8% of staff, implements company-wide pay cut.

Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.