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Bannon at a rally for Roy Moore in Alabama. Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP

Steve Bannon and his allies are planning a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. And only one Senator running in 2018 will get a free pass: Ted Cruz.

Breitbart's Washington Editor Matt Boyle writes today that conservatives are "running or actively seeking out" serious primary challengers for every incumbent Republican senator running in 2018 except the Texan.

Why this matters: Bannon once said he successfully weaponized a human being in Matt Boyle. So Boyle's stories are a useful guide for what Bannon and his outside groups — funded by billionaires like the Mercers — are planning.

Here are the races and candidates Boyle teases as part of Bannon's push to support "America First" candidates in congressional and gubernatorial races nationwide:

  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn for the open Senate seat in Tennessee vacated by Bob Corker
  • Attorney general Patrick Morrisey against the establishment favorite Evan Jenkins in the West Virginia Republican primary
  • Matt Rosendale against Jon Tester in Montana
  • State Attorney General Josh Hawley in the Missouri primary to challenge Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill
  • Danny Tarkanian against Dean Heller in Nevada
  • Kelli Ward against Jeff Flake in Arizona
  • Chris McDaniel against Roger Wicker in Mississippi
  • Gov. Rick Scott in Florida's Senate race (Scott hasn't announced whether or not he's running)
  • Roy Moore, who already beat Luther Stranger in Alabama
  • State Treasurer Josh Mandel in Ohio's Senate race
  • Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who Bannon is encouraging to run against John Barrasso in Wyoming. (NYT broke that he was considering running.)
  • Ann LePage, the wife of Maine Gov. Paul LePage, to challenge independent Sen. Angus King (like Scott, LePage hasn't made her intentions clear)

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Why it matters: The executive action is yet another attempt by Biden to accomplish goals administratively without waiting for the backing of Congress. The new order echoes Biden's $400 billion campaign pledge to increase government purchases of American goods.

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The big picture: Companies like Facebook and Twitter stepped up enforcement and their conversations with law enforcement ahead of Inauguration Day. But they'll be tested as the threat rises that impatient lone-wolf attackers will lash out.

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Why it matters: About one in five children are obese in the U.S. — an all-time high — with worsening obesity rates across income and racial and ethnic groups, data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show.