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2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Dustin Chambers/Getty Images

Pete Buttigieg's 2020 campaign raised $7 million in April, reports Politico.

Why it matters: The South Bend, Indiana mayor saw his national profile skyrocket in the first half of 2019, launching into the top tier of Democratic presidential hopefuls — and his fundraising numbers show that popularity surge is backed by a significant cash influx.

The big picture: 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is also likely to have had a huge April. He raised $6.3 million during his first day in the race that month and has held a number of events and fundraisers with big-money donors since. And Sen. Bernie Sanders, who pulled in over $20 million in the first quarter after announcing in mid-February, will have had a full three months during the second quarter to solicit cash from his powerful mailing list.

What's next: The deadline to report fundraising numbers for the second quarter to the Federal Election Commission is June 30 — which will provide the next big public look at 2020 candidates' hauls.

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In photos: Protests outside fortified capitols draw only small groups

Armed members of the far-right extremist group the Boogaloo Bois near the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing on Jan. 17. About 20 protesters showed up, AP notes. Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Small groups of protesters rallied outside fortified statehouses over the weekend ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

The big picture: Some protests attracted armed members of far-right extremist groups but there were no reports of clashes, as had been feared. The National Guard and law enforcement outnumbered demonstrators, as security was heightened around the U.S. to avoid a repeat of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, per AP.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

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Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.