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Driving the news: The DNC has announced new rules for candidates to qualify for the September debates, which double the requirements for the summer debates.
"The Democratic primary process is designed so that you don’t have 22 people in the race in June of an election year," said Adrienne Elrod, a Democratic strategist and former director of strategic communications for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Staffing is one example — there are only so many people to go around.
Candidates' emails sound more urgent. Beto O'Rourke's campaign professed to be "leveling with you" about how "our fundraising has slowed down."
Tomorrow and Tuesday mark 30 years since a pro-democracy protest in Beijing's Tiananmen Square ended in bloodshed.
Why it matters: The Chinese government still suppresses talk of Tiananmen Square because it recognizes that even police states can be vulnerable.
In the photo above, an unknown Chinese man became known as "tank man" after standing alone to block a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square.
Backstory: Early on June 5, 1989, AP photographer Jeff Widener, who had been smuggled into the Beijing Hotel by an American college exchange student, heard approaching tanks and rushed to his sixth-floor balcony.
Below, Taiwanese take selfies yesterday with an inflatable "tank man" erected by an artist in Liberty Square, at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
You might've heard ... Thursday is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, one of the most consequential 24 hours in modern history.
Above, historic U.S. military vehicles parked on Omaha Beach, France, yesterday as beachgoers bathed in freedom.
Below, U.S. assault troops land on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.
It was an hour before quitting time, as workers prepared to head home for the weekend, when a gunman stormed into Virginia Beach's public works building," The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot writes.
His victims' service with the city ranged from 11 months to 41 years.
"The Most Powerful Arab Ruler Isn’t M.B.S. It’s M.B.Z.," the N.Y. Times' David Kirkpatrick writes:
Why he matters: "He is also among the most influential foreign voices in Washington, urging the United States to adopt his increasingly bellicose approach to the region."
Incredible quote ... Bruce Riedel, a Brookings scholar and former CIA official:
Above, water rushes through a breached levee along the Arkansas River, northwest of Little Rock in Dardanelle, hometown of Sen. Tom Cotton.
🚑 Beto O'Rourke is heading to Oklahoma to tour flood damage.
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