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Candidates in the first 30 minutes of the first Democratic debate on Wednesday spent more time attacking big business than attacking President Trump.

Why it matters: Corporations such as pharmaceutical companies and Amazon are huge targets for progressives this campaign cycle. Candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren have proposed plans to hike tax rates on large corporations, while the Republican tax overhaul of 2017 looms over a potential Democratic administration.

What they're saying:

  • Warren: "Who is this economy really working for? It's doing great for thinner and thinner slices at the top. It's doing great for giant drug companies. It's just not doing great for people trying to get a prescription filled. It's great for people who want to invest in private prisons, just not for the African-Americans whose families are torn apart and lives are destroyed and whose communities are ruined."
  • Sen. Cory Booker: "We have a serious problem with corporate consolidation. You see the evidence in how dignity is stripped from labor and people who work full time jobs and still can't make a living wage. We see this because consumer prices are being raised by pharmaceutical companies that have holds on drugs,"
  • Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke: "Right now we have a system that favors those who can pay for access and outcomes. That's how you explain an economy that is rigged to corporations and the wealthiest."
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: "We are supposed to break up big corporations when they are not serving our democracy."

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Pope Francis was on Sunday visiting areas of northern Iraq once held by Islamic State militants.

Why it matters: This is the first-ever papal trip to Iraq. The purpose of Francis' four-day visit is largely intended to reassure the country's Christian minority, who were violently persecuted by ISIS, which controlled the region from 2014-2017.

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Driving the news: The Washington Post reported Cuomo allegedly embraced an aide when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and that two male staffers who worked for him in the governor's office accused him of routinely berating them "with explicit language."

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Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.