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Vice President Kamala Harris told a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday that she is planning to campaign for California Gov. Gavin Newsom ahead of his recall election this fall.

Why it matters: Harris' support in the campaign would be a "significant step" from Democratic Party leaders to aid Newsom in the recall fight and could also prove to be a "strong fundraising draw," per the Chronicle.

State of play: Newsom's recall election is set for Sept. 14 and will be the second time in California history that a gubernatorial recall campaign has succeeded in getting on the ballot.

  • The White House has previously expressed its support for Newsom and opposed the effort to recall him.
  • Harris was asked whether she would campaign for Newsom and the vice president said "yes."
  • Her office did not offer details about what form Harris' support would take, according to the Chronicle.

The big picture: The effort to recall Newsom gained speed after he was photographed last year at a dinner in Napa County as coronavirus cases surged and the state government restricted social gatherings.

  • Harris, who previously served as attorney general of California before becoming one of the state's senators, has known Newsom for a long time.
  • "Gavin and I go back to being elected at the same time in San Francisco, many, many years ago, and I’ll tell you, I’ve seen firsthand what a leader he is and how he really does put his heart into his work on behalf of the people of California,” Harris said in May, per the Los Angeles Times.

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California bans "stealthing," nonconsensual condom removal

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Thursday signed a bill outlawing "stealthing," the nonconsensual removal of a condom during intercourse.

Why it matters: The move makes California the first state to ban the act, the New York Times reports.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.