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Elizabeth Warren enters the 2020 presidential race

Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren is launching an exploratory committee for president as she gears up for a 2020 presidential election bid, she announced in a new video on Monday.

Why it matters: Warren is the first prominent Democratic contender to launch this process.

Between the lines: Warren came under fire in the last couple of months after releasing a DNA test showing she is between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American. Per the Associated Press, Warren said in an email to supporters that she'd make a more formal announcement at the beginning of the new year.

One more thing: The Federal Exchange Commission, which Warren will file paperwork with to establish the committee, is closed due to the government shutdown.

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