Thousands of sensitive emails from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) were stolen in a hack earlier this year, exposing emails of four senior aides to an outsider for months, three party officials told Politico and an NRCC spokesperson confirmed to Axios.

The big picture: The NRCC was alerted by its cybersecurity vendor of the intrusion, which was uncovered in April — just seven months before the 2018 midterm elections. GOP House leadership, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, were not alerted of the hack until this week, when Politico reached out to the NRCC about the incident.

What they're saying: A top party official told Politico they kept the intrusion close to their chest for fear of compromising a search for the culprit. The FBI was alerted of the incident and an internal investigation was launched as well.

The details: Donor information was not exposed during the attack, per the officials.

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Breaking down the Tesla obsession

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Tesla is the company of the moment — the prime exemplar of just about any big and important trend that you might care about.

Why it matters: Almost every reader of finance and business news will have at least one strongly-held opinion about Tesla. What you might not realize is just how widely those opinions range, and the degree to which they map onto much broader views of the world.

Gallup: Party preference swings dramatically in favor of Democrats

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Americans' political party preferences have swung sharply from a 2-point Republican advantage in January to an 11-point Democratic advantage in July, according to Gallup's monthly averages of telephone polls in 2020.

The big picture: The dramatic shift is more a product of fewer people identifying as Republican or Republican-leaning (down 8% since January) than gains among those who identify as Democratic or Democratic-leaning (up 5%).

Nancy Pelosi: "I yearn for other Republican presidents"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on President Trump Thursday to exercise "the full power" of the Defense Production Act to meet coronavirus equipment needs and accused him of engaging in a "massive dereliction of duty" by ignoring science during the pandemic.

What she's saying: "I yearn for other Republican presidents," Pelosi said at a press conference. "While we may have disagreed on many points, but at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country."