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Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe will join CNN as a contributor starting Friday — a move that quickly sparked conservative criticism, CNBC reports.

Background: President Trump publicly sparred with McCabe over his relationship with former FBI director James Comey. McCabe was fired in March 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions for allegedly sharing details about the Russia investigation with the media and subsequently lying to investigators about it, says the Washington Post.

  • Along with the CNN announcement, McCabe is fighting his firing in court, alleging that his termination was part of Trump's plan to eliminate government employees who “were not politically loyal to him.” McCabe worked for the FBI for more than 2 decades.

What they're saying: Some conservative critics are now claiming CNN hired McCabe because the network dislikes Trump. The president has repeatedly disparaged the CNN as "fake news."

"Andrew McCabe was fired by the FBI for leaking to the media and lying to the FBI about it. I guess crime does pay."
— Matt Wolking, deputy director of communications for Trump's 2020 campaign, tweeted

The big picture: McCabe is one of many former officials making the move to broadcast media. CNN hired another former DOJ official, Sarah Isgur Flores, this February.

  • Meanwhile, Fox News announced on Thursday that former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders would be coming on as a network contributor. The news drew similar reactions from the left, reflecting "perceptions of polarization and the alleged biases of the cable news networks," per the Washington Post.

Go deeper: Midterm losers and retired politicians sign on as political pundits

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Texas early voting surpasses 2016's total turnout

Early voting in Austin earlier this month. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

Texas' early and mail-in voting totals for the 2020 election have surpassed the state's total voter turnout in 2016, with 9,009,850 ballots already cast compared to 8,969,226 in the last presidential cycle.

Why it matters: The state's 38 Electoral College votes are in play — and could deliver a knockout blow for Joe Biden over President Trump — despite the fact that it hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976.

Wall Street braces for more turbulence ahead of Election Day

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Wall Street is digging in for a potentially rocky period as Election Day gets closer.

Why it matters: Investors are facing a "three-headed monster," Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets, tells Axios — a worsening pandemic, an economic stimulus package in limbo, and an imminent election.

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How Biden might tackle the Iran deal

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Four more years of President Trump would almost certainly kill the Iran nuclear deal — but the election of Joe Biden wouldn’t necessarily save it.

The big picture: Rescuing the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is near the top of Biden's foreign policy priority list. He says he'd re-enter the deal once Iran returns to compliance, and use it as the basis on which to negotiate a broader and longer-lasting deal with Iran.