Jul 24, 2018

Republicans are using "Abolish ICE" against Democrats

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"The GOP has upped the pressure on Democrats in recent weeks to widen their split over whether to 'Abolish ICE,'" NBC News' Ben Kamisar reports.

Why it matters: Democrats might be on the wrong side here. Only 25% of voters think the government should get rid of ICE, per a recent Politico poll.

Details: Last week House Republicans voted on a resolution "stating support for ICE in the hopes of forcing Democrats to go on the record on the issue."

  • A senior GOP aide told me Republicans want Dems to vote on abolishing ICE simply to show the country "that it will not happen on the House Republican majority's watch."
  • Now they're using it in ads. The Congressional Leadership Fund has an ad on the issue targeting Danny O'Connor in Ohio. Another GOP group is targeting West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. The Republican Governor's Association is even using it at the local level.

Go deeper: The left's push to abolish ICE

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Fed temporarily lifts Wells Fargo's growth restrictions

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The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it will temporarily lift Wells Fargo’s growth restrictions, which were put in place following the bank’s customer abuse scandals.

Why it matters: The Fed’s only reason for lifting the cap is so Wells Fargo can dole out more loans to struggling small businesses as part of the government’s coronavirus aid package. Earlier this week, the bank said it could only lend a total of $10 billion, thanks to Fed restrictions that it can’t grow its assets beyond $1.95 trillion.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 1,450,343 — Total deaths: 83,568 — Total recoveries: 308,617Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 399,979 — Total deaths: 12,912 — Total recoveries: 22,539Map.
  3. Business updates: Roughly one-third of U.S. apartment renters didn't make April payments.
  4. Federal government latest: The U.S. has begun to see "glimmers of hope" despite its highest recorded number of deaths in 24 hours, Anthony Fauci said.
  5. Public health latest: Surgeon General Jerome Adams highlighted the disproportionate impact the illness is having on African-American communities.
  6. World latest: Indians look to Taiwan amid China's coronavirus missteps
  7. 🚌 Public transit: Systems across the country are experiencing ridership collapse, squeezed funding streams and slow recovery from the pandemic.
  8. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign.

The big picture: It's an end to the campaign of the leading progressive in the race — and the candidate who seemed to be the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination just a few months ago. It also makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee four months before the party's convention in Milwaukee.