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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.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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By any standard, no matter how you look at it, the U.S. is losing its war against the coronavirus.

Why it matters: The pandemic is not an abstraction, and it is not something that’s simmering in the background. It is an ongoing emergency ravaging nearly the entire country, with a loss of life equivalent to a Sept. 11 every three days — for four months and counting.

Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence

Roger Stone arriving at his sentencing hearing on Feb. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump on Friday evening commuted the sentence of his longtime associate Roger Stone, according to two senior administration officials. Stone in February was sentenced to 40 months in prison for crimes including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress.

Why it matters: The controversial move brings an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars. He had been scheduled to report to prison on July 14.