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Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes announces run for U.S. Senate

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Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes announced Tuesday that he'll be joining the Democratic primary race for Senate, a seat currently held by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

Why it matters: Barnes, 34, could become the first African American from Wisconsin to serve in the Senate, if elected, AP notes.

Bipartisan senators unveil bill to claw back Congress' national security powers

Sen. Mike Lee (C) with Sen. Bernie Sanders (L) and Sen. Chris Murphy (R). Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) unveiled draft legislation Tuesday intended to overhaul the role of Congress in national security matters, including by reclaiming authority on war powers, arms exports and national emergency declarations.

Why it matters: All three senators have been critical of the executive branch's unilateral decision-making on key national security issues, including both President Trump and President Biden's attacks against Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria without congressional authorization.

House builds infrastructure alliances

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Members of the House are forming alliances and gearing for battle while waiting for the Senate to work out final details of an infrastructure deal.

Why it matters: The lower chamber has been on the sidelines during its two-week recess, yet representatives have been watching senators carefully in anticipation of their own debate on the measures that will be shipped their way.

McCarthy decides on 5 Republicans for Jan. 6 select committee

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has decided which Republicans he will name to a select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed to Axios.

Driving the news: McCarthy will name Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.) as ranking member, alongside Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (N.D.), and freshman Troy Nehls (Texas).

DOJ limits federal prosecutors from seizing reporters' records

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Attorney General Merrick Garland announced new guidelines Monday limiting Justice Department and FBI investigators from seizing materials from reporters and news outlets except in extreme cases.

Why it matters: The new policy follows disclosures that the DOJ, under the Trump administration, secretly obtained records of several journalists, including one at CNN, three at the Washington Post and four from the New York Times.

Appeals court allows CDC to enforce rules for cruise ships in blow to DeSantis

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A federal appeals court ruled Saturday night that the CDC can enforce its framework for cruise ships returning to operation, overturning an earlier district court ruling that would have made the CDC's guidelines mere suggestions.

Why it matters: The resumption of cruise ship activity has been a political flashpoint in Florida. The industry is worth billions of dollars for the state's economy and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has aggressively campaigned for its resumption.

Texas House Democrats plan to stay in D.C., will host a weeklong virtual conference

Texas House Democrats host a news conference on voting rights outside the Capitol in D.C. on July 13. Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A group of Texas Democrats who fled the state to block a GOP-led voting reform bill are not planning on returning anytime soon, and will instead hold a weeklong virtual conference as they up their fight against the Republican bill, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will kick off the conference on Monday, which will feature influential activists and lawmakers through out the week, per the Post.

Portman: IRS enforcement no longer a pay-for in bipartisan infrastructure plan

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said on Sunday that the group of senators pursuing a bipartisan infrastructure deal will no longer be looking at increasing enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service as a way of funding the bill.

State of play: One of the ways President Biden hoped to pay for his massive infrastructure plan was by infusing the IRS with $40 billion to help it crack down on tax collection and potentially collect $100 billion more in taxes.

Georgia county OKs voter purge reforms to stop NAACP lawsuit

Protesters during the 2020 Presidential election outside the Dekalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Georgia county has agreed to create new policies for the eligibility of all voters based on their residency, resolving a lawsuit claiming DeKalb County purged its voter rolls, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The agreement highlights the voting battle being fought in Georgia, which helped President Biden claim victory and gave Democrats control of the Senate.

Jul 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Schumer's bomb

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) dropped a bomb on lawmakers Thursday morning when he outlined an ambitious timeline propelling the bipartisan infrastructure proposal toward floor action next week.

Why it matters: The senators involved have their work cut out for them. There's still a lot of concern about how to pay for the $1 trillion bill, which is key to shoring up Republican support for the measure.