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Mike Bloomberg's 2020 campaign announced Friday that he would scrap his plan to create his own PAC — which would utilize his campaign infrastructure and staff to support the Democratic nominee — and will instead donate $18 million to the DNC.

Why it matters: It's a significant reneging of a key promise from the New York billionaire, who pledged to continue to pay his campaign staff at least through November to back whoever was selected to take on President Trump.

  • Earlier this month, Bloomberg dismissed a slew of campaign staffers and told them to reapply for spots in the new PAC, per Politico.

What they're saying:

"While we considered creating our own independent entity to support the nominee and hold the President accountable, this race is too important to have many competing groups with good intentions but that are not coordinated and united in strategy and execution. The dynamics of the race have also fundamentally changed, and it is critically important that we all do everything we can to support our eventual nominee and scale the Democratic Party’s general election efforts. 
"We therefore believe the best thing we can all do over the next eight months is to help the group that matters most in this fight: the Democratic National Committee."

The state of play: The Bloomberg campaign said the $18 million would hopefully be used to expand the DNC's effort "across battleground states, drawing in part from our own incredibly experienced and talented organizing staff."

  • It also said the campaign would transfer several of his former field offices to state parties and work to "accelerate the hiring pace for important positions in organizing, data, and operations."
  • A DNC official added they are working with every former primary presidential campaign to facilitate the transition of their infrastructure into supporting Democrats’ general election efforts.

The big picture: Joe Biden's campaign called the investment "extraordinary," adding it "will go a long way in ensuring that we can fund the grassroots efforts in key battleground states that will be necessary to win this November."

  • DNC Chair Tom Perez said that Bloomberg and his team were "making good on their commitment to beating Donald Trump" with the donation.

Between the lines: Former candidates' committees can make unlimited transfers to the DNC under federal law, per a DNC official.

  • So, in theory, Bloomberg's $18 million could be just the beginning.

Worth noting: Bloomberg spent more than $100 million to help flip the House for Democrats during the 2018 midterm elections.

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Joe Biden is calling for the winner of November's presidential election to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.

What he's saying: "[L]et me be clear: The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said. "This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today, and the election's only 46 days off.

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President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump's nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say.

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