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South Bend, Ind. Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and 2020 presidential candidate, will attend a town hall hosted by Fox News on May 19, the third Democratic contender to appear on the network that has a majority of conservative viewers, The Daily Beast reports.

Backdrop: The DNC has banned Fox News from hosting any upcoming presidential debates. The organization told Axios last week it still believes the network is ill-equipped to be objective toward Democratic candidates when up against President Trump.

Go deeper: Fox News still trying for Democratic debate in 2020 presidential election primaries

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Congress grants waiver for retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon

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Both chambers of Congress on Thursday voted to grant retired Gen. Lloyd Austin a waiver to lead the Pentagon, clearing the path to confirmation for President Biden's nominee for defense secretary.

Why it matters: Austin's nomination received pushback from some lawmakers, including Democrats, who cited a law that requires officers be out of the military for at least seven years before taking the job — a statute intended to reinforce the tradition of civilian control of the Pentagon.

McConnell proposes February impeachment trial

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is proposing that the impeachment trial of former President Trump begin in mid-February to allow for "due process."

Why it matters: The impeachment trial is likely to grind other Senate business to a halt, including the confirmation process for President Biden's Cabinet nominees.