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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Thursday became the highest-ranking House Republican to condemn the QAnon conspiracy theory, calling it "dangerous lunacy that should have no place in American politics," per Politico's Melanie Zanona.

Driving the news: President Trump said on Wednesday that while he does not know much about QAnon, he understands its supporters "like me very much" and that they "love America."

Why it matters: Few high-ranking Republicans have spoken out against the baseless conspiracy theory.

  • QAnon falsely alleges that a powerful cabal of sex traffickers within the "deep state" is engaged in a global fight to take down Trump.

Of note: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, have slammed Trump for his remarks on QAnon.

  • In a virtual interview on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said "I do not agree with [QAnon's] beliefs at all," when asked about incoming Republican nominee for Georgia's 14th Congressional District Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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Kevin Van Ausdal, the Democratic nominee for Georgia's 14th Congressional District, dropped out of the race via Twitter on Friday, leaving state Democrats without a candidate to challenge the Republican nominee, Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Why it matters: Van Ausdal's abrupt departure gives Greene an easier path to a seat in the House. She has repeatedly made offensive remarks about Black people, Jews and Muslims in Facebook videos and has publicly supported the QAnon movement and other far-right conspiracy theories.

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What he's saying: The ad — which began Friday night, and is a follow-up to "Fresh Start" — draws from a Biden speech earlier in the week in Manitowoc, Wisconsin:

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 32,390,204 — Total deaths: 985,302 — Total recoveries: 22,286,345Map.
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  3. States: "We’re not closing anything going forward": Florida fully lifts COVID restaurant restrictions — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus.
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  6. Education: Where bringing students back to school is most risky.