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Joe Sestak. Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Democrat Joe Sestak is a former Pennsylvania congressman and three-star admiral, serving as the "highest ranking military officer ever elected to Congress" from 2007 to 2010. He is an alumnus of the U.S. Naval Academy and obtained his master's and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He made 2 failed bids for Senate in 2010 and 2016, earning the Democratic nomination in his first run, but falling short the second time.

Key facts about Joe Sestak:
  • Current position: N/A
  • Age: 67
  • Born: Secane, Pennsylvania
  • Undergraduate: U.S. Naval Academy
  • Date candidacy announced: June 23, 2019
  • Previous roles: 3-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, Pennsylvania congressman
Joe Sestak's stance on key issues:
  • Climate change: Wants to rejoin the Paris Accord and impose a fee on carbon polluters.
  • Health care: Aims to restore the Affordable Care Act and employ a public option to expand access to health insurance. He's also in favor of allowing the re-importation of lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada.
  • Education: Supports Common Core and expanding access to early childhood education to all 4-year-olds. He is also seeking to restructure federal student loans.
  • Foreign policy: Wants to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal and grow military cyber capabilities.
  • Immigration: Ending child separation at the border, passing comprehensive immigration reform, creating a path to naturalization for undocumented immigrants and securing the border with technology such as drones and sensors.
  • Women's rights: Supports closing the gender pay gap and guaranteeing a woman's access to reproductive health services.
  • Corporate power: Seeks to strengthen antitrust laws and curtail the influence of lobbying. He also wants to enact data privacy reform to ensure "personal data belongs to a person, not to a corporation or government," per his campaign website.
Key criticism of Joe Sestak:
  • Sestak is largely seen as having entered the race too late to generate momentum.
1 fun thing about Joe Sestak:

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  1. Health: Most vulnerable Americans aren't getting enough vaccine information — Fauci says Trump administration's lack of facts on COVID "very likely" cost lives.
  2. Education: Schools face an uphill battle to reopen during the pandemic.
  3. Vaccine: Florida requiring proof of residency to get vaccine — CDC extends interval between vaccine doses for exceptional cases.
  4. World: Hong Kong puts tens of thousands on lockdown as cases surge — Pfizer to supply 40 million vaccine doses to lower-income countries — Brazil begins distributing AstraZeneca vaccine.
  5. Sports: 2021 Tokyo Olympics hang in the balance.
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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."