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The National Guard is helping West Virginia’s Secretary of State watch out for Russian interference during its congressional primaries next month, Bloomberg reports.

Why it makes sense: Although states run their own elections and several states were at first apprehensive of the federal government getting involved in their election security, the National Guard is already in place in states and ready to deploy quickly. There are also clear funding lines when it comes to cyber assistance at the state level — states pay for it and control the forces.

Where the National Guard is already helping on election security issues, per Bloomberg: Colorado, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. The Guard plans to have cyber units operational in 37 other states by next year.

One hurdle: The National Guard’s cyber training may not yet be ready to deal with the specific issue of election security. RAND Corp. reports that the Army National Guard and Army Reserve have more than 100,000 personnel with cyber experience — but it's not necessarily related to the security of electoral infrastructure.

On Capitol Hill: Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS) introduced legislation last fall that would create national cyber units in the National Guard to assist with cyberattacks on a state level.

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lost the Republican nomination for Senate to Tommy Tuberville in Alabama in Tuesday night’s primary runoff, AP reports.

Why it matters: Sessions had been the underdog in the race against former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville, who had the backing of President Trump. Tuberville will now face off against Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in November, who is considered to have one of the most vulnerable Democratic Senate seats in the country.

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Bank CEOs brace for worsening economic scenario

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Wells Fargo swung to its first loss since the financial crisis — while JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup reported significantly lower profits from a year earlier — as the banks set aside billions of dollars more in the second quarter for loans that may go bad.

Why it matters: The cumulative $28 billion in loan loss provisions that banks have so far announced they’re reserving serves as a signal they’re preparing for a colossal wave of loan defaults as the economy slogs through a coronavirus-driven downturn.