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ESPN reminded its employees in an internal memo to refrain from expressing political opinions on air after radio host Dan Le Batard denounced President Trump's racist tweets and chants of "send her back" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar at a recent rally, AP reports.

The big picture: Le Batard's comments challenged the network's no-politics policy, which was brought into the media spotlight 2 years ago when former anchor Jemele Hill tweeted that Trump was a "white supremacist" and a "bigot," prompting the White House to demand she be fired. Hill apologized and was suspended. She now works at The Atlantic covering the intersection of sports, race and culture. ESPN has yet to publicly announce any repercussions for Le Batard's comments.

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20 Republican former U.S. attorneys endorse Biden, call Trump "a threat to the rule of law"

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Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
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Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.