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Tom Perez, the DNC chairman. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee is investing $2.5 million to turn out minority voters from St. Louis to Maine for this November's midterm election, per NYT's Astead Herndon.

Why it matters: This might be the party's largest plan yet to target minorities, specifically those who don't typically vote, in a midterm election year. As the base of the Democratic Party, these voters could help Democrats take back the House.

The 2018 map: Democrats are hoping to turn out Asian and Latino voters in the West and Southwest; African American voters in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Detroit; and millennial voters in New Hampshire and Maine.

  • The party will spend $1.2 million to hire organizers in 16 states across the country where they saw a decline in turnout among liberal voters in 2016 (like Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan).
  • The DNC tech team will be revamping the way they reach out to these unregistered voters — young voters, people of color, and those who live in rural areas — for the 2018 and 2020 elections.
  • This strategy will help Democrats invest early in these minority communities — a contrast from the criticism they often face, which is that the Democratic Party only engages minority voters right before an election.

The big picture: Democrats have had a hard time relying on minority voters to turn out in recent years when Barack Obama wasn't on the ballot. There was a 7% drop-off in black voter turnout in 2016 compared to 2012. "We do a good job with our known universe of voters," a national Democratic source told Axios, "but we've not always made sure that we’re doing outreach to low frequency voters."

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."