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Mike Gravel. Photo: Josh Lawton/Digital First Media/Boulder Daily Camera/Getty Images

Former 2020 candidate Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) on Tuesday shared his support for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and backed Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on social media Thursday.

The big picture: Gravel previously said he'd be interested in endorsing either Sanders or Gabbard, but commented that he likes Gabbard for her non-interventionist foreign policy ideas, per the Atlantic. However, Gravel's former campaign manager David Oks said Sanders is a better choice, since Sanders' chances of securing the party nomination are stronger than Gabbard's, reports the Daily Beast.

What he's saying: Gravel says Sanders "will be a great president for all Americans."

  • Gravel also said he's impressed with Gabbard's "courage in opposing the military industry complex."

Context: Gravel, the 89-year-old former Alaska senator, dropped out of the 2020 race on Aug. 2, reports Politico. Teenagers, including 17-year-old Oks, had recruited Gravel to join the race in hopes of qualifying for the debates to push the Democratic field further to the left.

  • Sanders responded to Gravel's endorsement, tweeting: "Thank you Senator Gravel. Together we will end forever wars, fight for an economy that works for all of us, and bring millions of people into the political process."
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U.S. sanctions Russian officials over Navalny poisoning and detention

Pro-Navalny protesters in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photo: Omer Messinger/Getty Images

The U.S. will sanction 7 senior Russian officials over the poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, senior administration officials told reporters on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The sanctions represent the first penalties the U.S. has imposed on Kremlin-linked officials since President Biden took office and pledged to confront Russian aggression.

Democrats to take up immigration reform next week

Biden in the Oval Office in January. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House will vote on two immigration bills next week, including one to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday on a call with the Democratic caucus.

Why it matters: This is likely the only realistic shot the Biden administration has at this point to pass immigration reform.

Scoop: Biden briefing calls for 20,000 child migrant beds

President Biden, during a virtual meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

A briefing scheduled for President Biden this afternoon outlines the need for 20,000 beds to shelter an expected crush of child migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The rapid influx of unaccompanied children is building into the administration's first new crisis. A presentation created by the Domestic Policy Council spells out the dimensions with nearly 40 slides full of charts and details.