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Photo: Lauren Gamsey (NBCUniversal)

The Democratic National Committee announced on Thursday the hosts of the next four presidential debates in the first four primary and caucus states.

Why it matters: This will be the first time Apple News will co-host a presidential debate.

The schedule:

  • Jan. 14: CNN will co-host the 7th Democratic debate with the Des Moines Register at Drake University.
  • Feb. 7: ABC will co-host the 8th Democratic debate in partnership with WMUR-TV (the local ABC affiliate serving New Hampshire) and Apple News at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • Feb. 19: NBC News will co-host the 9th Democratic debate in Las Vegas with the Nevada Independent, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news and opinion website founded in 2017.
  • Feb. 25: CBS News will co-host the 10th Democratic debate with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and in partnership with Twitter in Charleston, South Carolina at Gaillard Center.

What's next: The next Democratic debate will be held on Dec. 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, per Politico, which will host alongside PBS NewsHour.

Our thought bubble: It's worth noting that while Apple News and Twitter are featured as debate co-hosts, Facebook is noticeably absent after co-hosting debates in 2012 and 2016.

Go deeper: Who has qualified for the December Democratic debate

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Internal CDC presentation warns: "The war has changed"

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Unpublished research indicates that the Delta variant causes more severe illness and spreads as easily as chickenpox, and that vaccinated people may transmit the strain as easily as those who are unvaccinated, according to an internal CDC presentation obtained by WashPost.

Why it matters: The data played a key role in the CDC's decision to tell vaccinated people to resume masking indoors, with the presentation calling on health officials to "acknowledge the war has changed," The Post reports.

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๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ: South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker breaks world record in 200m breaststroke

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Exclusive: Lawmakers urge probe into DOJ's alleged racial profiling of Asians

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Nearly 100 members of Congress members urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the Justice Department's alleged racial profiling of Asians, according to a letter shared with Axios.

Why it matters: The case of Anming Hu, a scientist who was baselessly targeted in an espionage probe, has renewed scrutiny of the DOJ after an FBI agent admitted to falsely implicating the Chinese Canadian.