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First look: Dem group aims to register a million "health care voters"

Photo of the new website.

A Democratic group is launching a year-long, "multi-million dollar" campaign to register and mobilize one million "health care voters" to vote against Republicans who are trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It's being sponsored by the Health Care Voter campaign, a coalition of more than 30 progressive organizations formed this summer to turn the 2018 midterms into a referendum on health care.

Why it matters: The campaign is starting one year from the midterms as a way to encourage voter turnout among Democrats, keep health care as a top voting issue, and to target Republicans on their repeal-and-replace efforts. The group's main challenge: Democratic turnout tends to drop during midterms, and they'll only succeed if they can buck the trend.

The launch video features high-profile Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, DNC Chairman Tom Perez and former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and urges people to “hold Republicans accountable for their votes."

The details: The campaign will start with events in Nevada, Arizona and Iowa today, with more planned for Ohio and Pennsylvania later this week. It will include organized events at the local level, such as canvassing focused on getting more voters to join the campaign, as well as visits to local lawmakers' town halls and offices, and paid TV, digital and radio ads across the country.

Haley Britzky 1 hour ago
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Women and jihad: from bride to the front line

Suspected Al Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants, a woman and her three children, sit next to weapons after their arrest on May 5, 2016 in Mogadishu
Suspected Al Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants, a woman and her three children, sit next to weapons after their arrest on May 5, 2016 in Mogadishu. Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP / Getty Images

A women's magazine, unveiled in December, gives tips on how to be a "good bride" and make life easier for the man in your life. The twist: the magazine, "Beituki," is published by al-Qaeda as part of a propaganda campaign which "appears, in part, to be a reaction to Islamic State (IS), which has called women to the front lines," per the Economist.

The big picture: Extremist organizations are struggling to define what women's roles in their groups should be. While some force women to "remain indoors," as Beituki suggests, others have placed women on the front lines, or utilized them as recruiters.

Erica Pandey 23 mins ago
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Trump attacks FBI and Mueller investigation in morning tweets

Kicking off a series of morning tweets, President Trump accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee during testimony last May. At that time, Comey stated that he had not authorized an FBI employee to be an anonymous source for a reporter in matters relating to the Trump-Russia investigation or the Clinton email investigation.

The inspiration: Trump saw a Fox & Friends segment this morning, which juxtaposed fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's statement defending his actions at the bureau with Comey's testimony from last year.