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Protestors against the "zero tolerance" immigration policies. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A Quinnipiac poll shows that 66% of voters oppose the Trump's administration separating immigrant children from their parents, and 79% support DACA recipients staying in the country and applying for citizenship.

Why it matters: Republicans running for Congress are already facing tough odds at keeping control of the House. The growing opposition to immigration policies under President Trump and his party could hurt them in November.

What they're saying: A Republican operative who's helping GOP candidates get elected to Congress told NBC News that "the images are devastating" and this issue will "absolutely" hurt their chances in the midterms.

  • Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement: "Neither quotes from the Bible nor get-tough talk can soften the images of crying children nor reverse the pain so many Americans feel."
  • A separate GOP strategist told NBC: "The media will broadcast these images of brutality and chaos and the public will associate them with the Republicans that run the House and the Senate — but most of all with President Trump."

Be smart: Many top Republican lawmakers have been speaking out against this immigration policy.

The bottom line: The midterm election was already a referendum on the GOP and Trump. Whether they disagree with the ongoing immigration decisions or they're not happy with the Republican tax plan, voters will take these issues to the polls.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."