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Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris speak during the first round of Democratic primary debate on June 27, 2019. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee released on Wednesday the names of the 20 presidential candidates who have qualified for the second round of debates scheduled for July 30-31 in Detroit.

The big picture: It's only going get more challenging for candidates to meet debate requirements moving forward. In September, the requirements for candidates will double. The Democrats' massive 2020 field has put pressure on the DNC to focus its primary on those who can really challenge President Trump.

The participants
  1. Former Vice President Joe Biden *
  2. Sen. Bernie Sanders *
  3. Sen. Kamala Harris *
  4. Sen. Elizabeth Warren *
  5. Mayor Pete Buttigieg *
  6. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke *
  7. Sen. Cory Booker *
  8. Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang *
  9. Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro *
  10. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard *
  11. Sen. Amy Klobuchar *
  12. Marianne Williamson *
  13. Gov. Jay Inslee *
  14. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand *
  15. Former Rep. John Delaney
  16. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper
  17. Rep. Tim Ryan
  18. Sen. Michael Bennet
  19. Mayor Bill de Blasio
  20. Gov. Steve Bullock — who did not participate in the June debates

Candidates with asterisks next to their names qualified through both polling at 1% in 3 qualifying polls and reaching the 65,000-donor threshold.

  • Those who didn't qualify: Seth Moulton, Mike Gravel, Wayne Messam and Tom Steyer, who just entered the race.

Go deeper: What you need to know about every 2020 candidate in under 500 words

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Cuomo: "No way I resign" after sexual harassment accusations

Cuomo at a Feb. 24 press conference. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AFP via Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was defiant on Sunday, stating again that he would not resign even as more former aides have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

The big picture: Cuomo has denied all sexual harassment allegations against him and said that he "never inappropriately touched anybody." He acknowledged in a statement that "some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation." Some of the calls for Cuomo to resign have come from within the Democratic party.

N.Y. Times faces culture clashes as business booms

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

New York Times columnist David Brooks' resignation from a paid gig at a think tank on Saturday is the latest in a flurry of scandals that America's biggest and most successful newspaper company has endured in the past year.

Driving the news: Brooks resigned from the Aspen Institute following a BuzzFeed News investigation that uncovered conflicts of interest between his reporting and money he accepted from corporate donors for a project called "Weave" that he worked on at the nonprofit.

America rebalances its post-Trump news diet

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Nearly halfway through President Biden's first 100 days, data shows that Americans are learning to wean themselves off of news — and especially politics.

Why it matters: The departure of former President Trump's once-ubiquitous presence in the news cycle has reoriented the country's attention.

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