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Kamala Harris. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

A South Carolina aide for 2020 candidate Tom Steyer’s campaign resigned after an internal investigation into allegations that he stole volunteer data from the campaign of Democratic presidential rival Kamala Harris, Steyer's campaign confirmed in a statement late Monday.

Why it matters: South Carolina is a key state, as it holds the first primary in the South. Charleston's Post and Courier first reported Steyer's campaign put its deputy S.C. state director Dwane Sims on administrative leave so it could investigate allegations that he stole the data of thousands of contacts "using an account from when he worked with the S.C. Democratic Party." The South Carolina Democratic Party told Axios it had disabled his account.

Our organizers and volunteers work incredibly hard. ... It's unfortunate anyone would try to steal that work from our team."
Tweet by Harris' spokesperson Ian Sams

The big picture: A Democratic National Committee spokesperson told the Post and Courier it permanently banned Sims from the voter file "and all Democratic Party systems." South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Trav Robertson said in a statement to Axios that Sims was "off-boarded at the end of September, and as we learned on Friday, maintained a separate user account, which is in clear violation of the VoteBuilder protocol."

  • "All data downloaded by this individual was destroyed and was not provided to any third parties," Robertson said. "This user account did not have access to data from any other presidential campaign."

What they're saying: Steyer 2020 campaign manager Heather Hargreaves said in an emailed statement that the incident arose when the South Carolina Democratic Party "turned off voter file access to the Steyer campaign for a short period of time."

  • Sims "had access to other presidential campaign data" after it was reinstated, but he called the South Carolina Democratic Party to alert them within minutes of realizing and "the access was turned off by the party authorities," she said.
"When we first learned about the matter, we conducted an internal investigation and wiped Mr. Sims’ computer to make sure the data was completely deleted and that there was no access to other campaign data."
  • Hargreaves apologized to Democratic officials, Harris and her team. Steyer tweeted he was "deeply disappointed" about the incident and had reached out to Harris. But Steyer's South Carolina spokesperson Tiffiany Vaughn Jones said it was "a mistake" and that state Democrats' made a "purely false" account because Sims "left to work for Steyer’s campaign," according to AP.

Go deeper: Kamala Harris goes "all-in on Iowa," lays off New Hampshire staff

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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A protest march in support of Palestinians near the Washington monument in Washington, D.C. on May 15. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of people rallied across the U.S. and the world Saturday following days of violence in Gaza and Israel that's killed at least 145 Palestinians, including 41 children, and eight Israelis, per AP.

The big picture: Most demonstrations were in support of Palestinians. There were tense scenes between pro-Israeli government protesters and pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Winnipeg, Canada, and Leipzig, Germany, but no arrests were made, CBS News and DW.com report.

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President Biden spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday and raised concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza and the bombing of the building that housed AP and other media offices, according to Israeli officials.

The big picture: At least 140 Palestinians, including dozens of children, have been killed in Gaza since fighting between Israel and Hamas began Monday, according to Palestinian health officials. Nine people, including two children, have been killed by Hamas rockets in Israel.

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The Associated Press and Al Jazeera on Saturday condemned the Israeli airstrike that destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza that housed their and other media offices.

What they're saying: The White House, meanwhile, said it had "communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility," according to press secretary Jen Psaki.