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California Rep. Eric Swalwell (D). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Editor's Note: Swalwell dropped out of contention for the Democratic presidential nomination on July 8th, 2019. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

Key facts about Swalwell
  • Age: 38
  • Born: Sac City, Iowa
  • Education: University of Maryland College Park (BA), University of Maryland Baltimore (JD)
  • Date candidacy announced: April 8, 2019
  • % of votes in line with Trump, per FiveThirtyEight: 19.5%
  • Previous roles: 4 terms in Congress. Sits on the House Intelligence Committee. Chairman of the Intelligence Modernization and Readiness subcommittee.
Swalwell's stance on key issues
  • Gun safety: Swalwell unveiled a plan in June that includes a ban on military-style semi-automatic assault weapons, investments in gun-violence research, regulations on manufacturers and a federal buyback of all 15 million assault weapons in the U.S.
  • Climate change: "Most Americans agree that to address climate chaos, to make sure your house doesn't end up underwater or on fire, we should do something about it but make sure we're not pitting workers against their job," Swalwell said in his campaign video. He said he's supportive of the principles of the Green New Deal.
  • Health care: Wants large sums of pubic money to find cures to Alzheimer's, cancer and ALS.
  • College tuition: Proposes no-interest federal student loans and tax-free employer contributions. He also supports debt-free college for public university students in exchange for a work-study and pledge to better their communities after graduation.
  • Press freedom: Swalwell has helped introduce and re-introduce this year the Journalist Protection Act, which would make it a federal crime for certain attacks on those who work in the media.
  • Social security: In office, he has said he wanted to raise the cap on the Social Security payroll tax so the wealthy pay more into the program.
  • Trump-Russia: He believes President Trump, the president's family and his team colluded with Russia. He said on ABC Tuesday morning that Trump "acts on Russia’s behalf too often."
Key criticisms of Swalwell
  • Notoriety: Swalwell is less nationally known than several other candidates.
  • One-issue campaign: Swalwell is going all in on gun control, which could appear as a one-dimensional campaign while other key 2020 issues are on the table.
  • A crowded pool: Swalwell will be the 18th person running for the Democratic nomination.
1 fun thing about Swalwell
  • His campaign slogan is "Be big. Be bold. Do good."

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about the other 2020 candidates

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Omicron dashboard

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  1. Health: Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds — Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies — Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal workers.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults.
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Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates

A teacher prepares a hallway barrier to help students maintain social distancing at John B. Wright Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, on Aug. 14, 2020. Photo: Cheney Orr/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) filed a lawsuit Friday against the Biden administration for ordering the state to stop allocating federal COVID relief funds to schools that don't comply with public health recommendations such as masking, the Arizona Republic reports.

Why it matters: The Treasury Department said last week that the state would have to pay back the money if Ducey does not redesignate the $173 million programs to ensure they don't "undermine efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19."

Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal workers

President Biden speaking from Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 21. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal judge in Texas blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal workers on Friday, citing the outcome of last week's Supreme Court ruling that nullified the administration's vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.

Why it matters: It's a blow to President Biden's efforts to increase the U.S.' vaccination rates, though much of the federal workforce has already been vaccinated against the virus.