Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) called CNN's Manu Raju a "liberal hack" and refused to answer a question about whether the Senate should consider a trove of additional evidence as part of the pending impeachment trial of President Trump.

The exchange:

RAJU: Senator McSally, should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?
MCSALLY: You’re a liberal hack. I’m not talking to you.
RAJU: You’re not going to comment?
MCSALLY: You're a liberal hack.

Driving the news: The House Intelligence Committee released a batch of new evidence this week obtained from indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, who claimed in an interview on MSNBC Wednesday night that President Trump "knew exactly what was going on" with respect to the pressure campaign Giuliani was leading in Ukraine.

The big picture: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are facing questions about impeachment witnesses and evidence as the Senate trial is set to kick off later Thursday. McSally, who represents a swing state and faces a tough re-election bid in 2020, is one of the senators who could face pressure from constituents to vote in favor of calling witnesses.

  • A recent poll showed McSally down 4% to her Democratic challenger Mark Kelly, an astronaut and the husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during a town hall in Tucson in 2011.
  • Kelly raised $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, bringing his total fundraising haul for the year to more than $20 million. McSally raised $4 million in Q4, for a total of $12 million for the year.

Go deeper: Lev Parnas: "Trump knew exactly what was going on" in Ukraine

Editor’s note: This post has been corrected to show that Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011 (not 2014).

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  3. Politics: Former Pence aide says she plans to vote for Joe Biden, accusing Trump of costing lives in his coronavirus response.
  4. Health: Pew: 49% of Americans wouldn't get COVID-19 vaccine if available today Pandemic may cause cancer uptick The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine — COVID-19 racial disparities extend to health coverage losses.
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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.