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2020 Dems steer clear of AIPAC conference

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Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Photos: Getty Images

Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have said that they don't plan on attending D.C.'s annual AIPAC conference, which kicks off this weekend.

The backdrop: AIPAC has been at the heart of a battle within the Democratic Party after Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized for invoking anti-Semitic tropes when criticizing the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group last month. While a host of top congressional Democrats blasted her comments, three candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination — Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren — stood behind her.

Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin Republican lame-duck laws

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A circuit judge in Wisconsin issued an injunction on Thursday to temporarily block the lame-duck laws that the GOP-controlled state legislature passed in December to limit the powers of incoming Democrats Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, per the AP.

Between the lines: Democrats have been calling the lame-duck laws — which would impact Evers’ ability to implement campaign promises — a “power grab.” Some of the measures in the law could have repercussions beyond Evers’ term, too, such as one measure that limits early voting, which often draws voters who lean Democratic.

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