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Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post/Getty Images

The late musician Prince's estate tweeted that President Trump's campaign used the song "Purple Rain" at its Minneapolis rally on Thursday despite a 2018 letter from the campaign's lawyers confirming that it would no longer use the artist's music.

The big picture: Musicians have spoken out against Trump using their music at campaign rallies for years, but this is an interesting case where the artist in question has actually produced a legal agreement on the matter.

  • Most recently, a video tweeted by Trump that attacked former Vice President Joe Biden over the ongoing Ukraine controversy and used "Photograph" by Nickelback was removed after a copyright complaint from the band, per the Washington Post.

A non-exhaustive list of musicians that have spoken against Trump using their music:

Read the letter, via the Prince estate's tweet:

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Why it matters: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who chaired the committee that issued the report, tells Axios that the U.S. risks dire consequences if it fails to both invest in key technologies and fully integrate AI into the military.

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Many Americans assume the rest of the country doesn't share their political and policy priorities — but they're often wrong, according to new polling by Populace, first seen by Axios.

Why it matters: The polling reveals that despite growing political polarization, Americans share similar long-term goals and priorities for the country.

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