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President Trump attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Twitter Saturday morning, calling his congressional district "the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States."

The big picture: This is the second time this month that Trump has attacked a black member of Congress. He earlier told Rep. Ilhan Omar and 3 other congresswomen of color to "go back" to their countries. Trump is also attacking a majority black district when he calls Cummings' district one of the most dangerous places in the U.S.

"Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous.
HIs district is considered the Worst in the USA as proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming [sic] District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could clean up this very dangerous & filthy mess.
Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!"
— President Trump on Twitter

Why it matters: Cummings is one of the leading congressional critics of the president, as shown by:

  • Issuing multiple subpoenas against top Trump administration officials, including for Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
  • Urging Americans to pay attention to what special counsel Robert Mueller has to say about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  • Speaking out about the status of the Border Patrol facilities, and blasting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan over it in a public hearing.

Between the lines: Trump's attacks are "a straight recitation of a Fox segment" from earlier Saturday morning, also claiming living conditions at border facilities are better than in most districts, says MMFA reporter Matthew Gertz.

Reality check: Nearly 36% of Baltimore's residents are college educated, compared to the national average of 28%. However, in 2018, Baltimore had the worst homicide rates among the nation's 50 largest cities, reports the Baltimore Sun.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

What he's saying: Cummings tweeted in response it is his "constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch" and that it's his "moral duty to fight for my constituents."

  • He also raised the issue of how high drug prices was affecting his constituency, imploring Trump to work with him to address the problem.
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This article has been updated to include Cummings' comments.

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The readily available antidepressant fluvoxamine significantly reduced COVID-related hospitalizations, according to a large study published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The clinical trial suggests that a cheap, readily available drug could dramatically reduce serious illness and death when prescribed early.

By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

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Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.

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