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Kanye West will visit the White House on Thursday to have lunch with President Trump and meet Jared Kushner, where he's set to discuss the "manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago," according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. The news was first reported by the New York Times' Maggie Haberman.

The big picture: West, a noted Trump supporter, recently made waves with his appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live, prompting a presidential tweet. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, has visited the White House on multiple occasions this year, influencing the administration's policy on clemency and prison reform.

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The big picture: None of the leading contenders in the U.S. are being tested for their effectiveness in children. Even once one of them gains authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, there will only be a limited number of available doses.

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Progressive Democrats want to beat President Trump so badly that they're tabling their apathy about Joe Biden — organizing hard to get him into office, only to fight him once elected.

Why it matters: That's a big difference from 2016, when progressives’ displeasure with Hillary Clinton depressed turnout and helped deliver the White House to Trump.

Election influence operations target journalists

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Foreign and domestic actors looking to influence the 2020 election are trying to trick real reporters into amplifying fake storylines. This tactic differs from 2016, when bad actors used fake accounts and bots to amplify disinformation to the population directly.

Why it matters: The new strategy, reminiscent of spy operations during the Cold War, is much harder for big tech platforms to police and prevent.

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