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In a speech in New Hampshire addressing the opioid crisis, President Trump said that the Department of Justice needs to be tough toward drug dealers and "that toughness includes the death penalty." He went on to praise other countries who execute drug dealers, saying "they don't play games."

Why it matters: Trump said he's not only addressing the opioid crisis, but "the general drug crisis." Trump said "unless you have really bad penalties, led by the death penalty...we won't get anywhere."

Other notables:

  • Sanctuary cities: Trump said "ending sanctuary cities is crucial to stopping the drug addiction crisis," saying that they release criminals, drug dealers and gang members. He called on Congress, again, to defund sanctuary cities.
"I love tough guys. We need tough guys."
  • DACA: He went on a tangent, claiming Democrats "don't care" about DACA and are trying to tie it to the wall.
  • The wall: "Eventually the Democrats will agree with us to build the wall and to keep the damn drugs out."
  • Overdose reversal drugs: He said the administration will work to ensure first responders have access to overdose reversal drugs.
  • Right to try: He called for Congress to approve the “right to try” program, which allows the use of experimental, not yet approved drugs on terminally ill patients.
  • Penalizing drug manufacturers: Trump said DOJ will be looking at bringing law suits against drug manufacturers.

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Commission releases topics for first presidential debate

Moderator Chris Wallace. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has selected what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week.

What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Fed Chair Jay Powell bump elbows before House hearing on Tuesday. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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Beijing draws Chinese companies even closer

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Chinese Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping announced last week that the party must strengthen its leadership over private companies, and that entrepreneurs must meet the party's needs. 

Why it matters: Xi's new announcement will increase fears that Chinese businesses may serve as a Trojan horse for the CCP.

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