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2020 Dems released a spate of policy proposals over the past week, just before heading to Detroit for the second round of debates, which will be held this Tuesday and Wednesday, Alexi McCammond reports.
Among the rollouts:
The bottom line: These issues won't dictate topics for CNN's moderators. But they give candidates a way to wiggle out of potential Harris v. Biden moments.
America's much-maligned health care system is covering 9 out of 10 people, AP's Ricardo Alonso Zaldivar reports.
The data: Government surveys show that about 90% of the population has coverage, largely preserving gains from President Obama's years.
Between the lines: Those facts haven't stopped the 2020 presidential candidates from refighting battles about how to provide coverage, from Bernie Sanders' call for replacing private insurance with a government plan to President Trump's pledge to erase the Affordable Care Act and start over.
"When congressional staffers, prompted by repeated media inquiries, asked Mueller’s team about his cognitive acuity, they were told — three separate times — that he was okay," the WashPost's Matt Zapotosky and Rachael Bade report:
Some told the Post they had no choice. "We didn’t invite Robert De Niro to testify. We invited Robert Mueller, and he is a straight shooter who stuck to the report," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), referring to "Saturday Night Live" portrayal of Mueller.
A woman shouts at riot police advancing on marchers in Hong Kong, as protests enter Week 8 "amid fears of growing cycle of violence," per Reuters:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Rita Tang, a 56-year-old health consultant who joined yesterday's protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong:
🇷🇺 P.S. Nearly 1,400 people were detained in a violent police crackdown on an opposition protest in Moscow, the largest number of detentions at a rally in the Russian capital this decade. (AP)
Above, Richard Tyler Blevins (screen name: Ninja), who has been called the most popular professional gamer in the world, speaks yesterday at the first Fortnite World Cup Finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens.
Jaden Ashman, 15, of England (alias: Wolfiez) won $1.25 million by coming in second with Dutch teammate Dave Jong, 21, in duos, The Guardian reports:
First place in duos: Emil Bergquist Pedersen of Norway and his Austrian partner, David W, who play as Nyhrox and Aqua and won a total of $3 million. (Guardian)
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