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Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama could get involved in Senate races in 2018. Photo: KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images

Democrats are leaving the door open for Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama to intervene in Senate races across the country.

Why it matters: Some Republicans, like Missouri's Josh Hawley, are already negatively tying Senate Democrats to Clinton, proving these Democratic figures might be more of a political liability than beneficial.

Driving the news: Senate Majority PAC President J.B. Poersch talked about Obama's late-game fundraising in past cycles, saying in an interview for C-SPAN's Newsmakers with Axios and the Washington Post: "I'm expecting president [Obama] is going to be helpful."

  • The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairman, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, said Senate Democrats will "welcome support" from Clinton and Obama, but added that every campaign "can talk to anybody who wants to help and decide who should come to the state and when."

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Why it matters: It's just a number, but kind of a wild one. Consider, via CNN: "Tesla is now worth more than the combined market value of most of the world's major automakers: Toyota, Volkswagen, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and its merger partner PSA Group."

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Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to President-elect Biden on Wednesday to congratulate him on his election victory, according to the Xinhua state news agency.

Why it matters: China's foreign ministry offered Biden a belated, and tentative, congratulations on Nov. 13, but Xi had not personally acknowledged Biden's win. The leaders of Brazil, Mexico and Russia are among the very few leaders still declining to congratulate Biden.

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Why it matters: On March 12, 2020, the lights went out on college basketball, depriving teams like Baylor (who won our tournament simulation), Dayton, San Diego State and Florida State of perhaps their best chance to win a national championship.