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Former President Trump speaking at CPAC 2021 in February. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Lawyers for former President Trump sent cease and desist letters Friday to the RNC, NRCC and NRSC for using his name and likeness in fundraising emails and on merchandise, Politico reports.

Why it matters: The Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee are three of the largest fundraising organizations for the GOP.

Driving the news: Trump, who made his fortune through licensing his name, has been furious that his name has been used, without permission, by GOP organizations to raise money to support congressional Republicans who voted to impeach him over the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, according to Politico.

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"Cat in the Hat" puts cash in the bank for GOP

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The House Republicans’ campaign arm is offering donors copies of the Dr. Seuss classic “The Cat in the Hat," seeking to capitalize on a new front in the culture war.

Why it matters: The offer, while gimmicky, shows how potent appeals to “cancel culture” can be for grassroots Republicans, even amid debates about more weighty policy matters like coronavirus relief and voting rights.

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Biden backs Gaza ceasefire for first time in call with Netanyahu

Biden with Netanyahu in 2010. Photo: Debbi Hill/Pool/ Getty Images

President Biden expressed support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in a call on Thursday evening with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said in a statement.

Why it matters: This is the first time since the beginning of the crisis last Monday that Biden or anyone in his administration has publicly backed a ceasefire. It will increase pressure on Israel to seek an end to the conflict, which Netanyahu has insisted will continue until Hamas' ability to attack Israel is further degraded.

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Schumer: "I want to see a ceasefire"

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Monday he wants to "see a ceasefire reach quickly and mourn the loss of life."

Why it matters: Schumer is a staunch defender of Israel and has maintained that Israel should be able to defend itself.