Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Capitol Hill Democrats want more information about Energy Secretary Rick Perry's activities in the Ukraine as they investigate President Trump.

Where it stands: The Houston Chronicle notes that the House subpoena of Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani seeks "documents related to Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s involvement with Ukrainian leaders last spring."

  • Politico explores that topic and efforts by Sen. Robert Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, to learn more about Perry's May travel to the country.

Why it matters: The efforts are opening a "rare window into the energy secretary’s role as an emissary for some of the administration’s most sensitive international missions," per Politico.

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Health workers fear new shortages of protective equipment

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Health care workers faced severe shortages of face masks, gowns and other protective equipment at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and they're afraid it's happening again now.

Why it matters: Hospitals, nursing homes and physician clinics need this equipment to protect themselves and to avoid spreading infection. Supplies are already stretched thin, and will likely get thinner as the coronavirus and flu season converge in the fall.

Planned Parenthood launches digital ad campaign for Biden

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Planned Parenthood Votes, the political arm of the national reproductive rights group, is ramping up its general election efforts, launching five-figure digital ad campaigns across nine battleground states.

Why it matters: This is the group's biggest election cycle effort yet, part of a larger $45 million investment ahead of November's election, and provides a glimpse of how Democrats are trying to take down President Trump on women's health issues while boosting Joe Biden as the alternative.

Pro-Trump PAC drops $23 million on summer anti-Biden ads

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America First Action, a leading pro-Trump super PAC, will focus on Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in a $23 million anti-Biden summer ad campaign beginning next week.

Why it matters: The ad buy signals which swing states the groups sees as most vulnerable for President Trump. Arizona and Wisconsin were not included earlier this year in the core battleground strategy.