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Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford announced on "Fox News Sunday" that he is launching a primary challenge against President Trump.

"As a Republican Party, we have lost our way, and I'd say so on a couple of different fronts. First and sort of the epicenter of where I'm coming from is that we have lost our way on debt and deficits and spending. One of the hallmarks of the Republican Party and the conservative movement has always been how much do we spend. ... I think as a party we've lost our way. The president has called himself the king of debt, has a familiarity and comfort level with debt that I think is ultimately leading us in the wrong direction."

The big picture: Sanford, who lost his congressional primary in 2018 after Trump encouraged voters to ditch him, joins former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and former Gov. Bill Weld (R-Mass.) in the long-shot effort to oust Trump as the Republican nominee in 2020. Trump enjoys a near-90% approval rating in the Republican Party and is unlikely to be defeated in a primary.

  • Sanford is well-known for a scandal in which he disappeared for a week in 2009, telling his staff that he would be hiking on the Appalachian Trail. In reality, the then-married governor was engaged in an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.

Sanford addressed the controversy on Fox, telling Chris Wallace:

"I actually went on an apology tour, if you want to call it that, back home in the wake of that for the last year and a half of my governorship. And what I learned through that is, I guess what General Mattis talks about. The mistakes in life, mistakes that we make, are the great tuitions of life. They cost us, but you can learn from them. And for me, I learned a level of humility, a level of empathy that I didn't have before, a level of judgment. It is something of great regret. It's something I have apologized extensively for and in contrast to the president when he says there's not a single thing that he sort of regrets or apologizes for. I profoundly apologize for that.

Worth noting: Both Kansas and South Carolina's Republican parties shuttered their 2020 presidential primaries last week, making the long-shot GOP challengers even less likely to succeed.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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More than 80% of Asian adults say that violence against them is increasing, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

The big picture: The survey, conducted April 5-11, comes after the recent shootings in Atlanta in which eight people, including six Asian women were killed, as well as a yearlong spike in hate incidents against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Danger lurks in the Democrats' police talk

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As Congress forges ahead with police reform legislation, Democratic operatives are warning lawmakers to steer clear of any defund-the-police rhetoric since it could hurt them in the midterms.

Why it matters: President Biden and his fellow Democrats say Congress needs to pass the George Floyd Policing Act, which would ban chokeholds, prohibit no-knock warrants and generally make it easier to hold officers accountable for misconduct.

Exclusive: Harris meets Guatemalan president Monday, travels in June

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Vice President Kamala Harris will meet virtually Monday with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei to discuss solutions to the surge of migration, and she'll visit the region in June, a senior White House official told Axios.

Why it matters: The administration is taking a multi-pronged approach to solving the problem and also hopes to announce details about its plan for investing aid in Central America on Monday — although a final dollar amount has yet to be decided.

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