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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard makes a speech during the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 9. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard told Fox News' "'Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday that the Democratic National Committee's process for determining who qualifies in debates "lacks transparency."

"People deserve having that transparency, because, ultimately, it's the people who will decide who our Democratic nominee will be and ultimately who our next president, commander-in-chief will be.  And when you see that lack of transparency, it creates, you know, a lack of faith and trust in the process." 

Context: Gabbard hit the donor threshold, but she fell 2 polls short of making the cut for the third round of Democratic debates, Fox News noted.

"I think this also points to a bigger issue and challenge that goes beyond the DNC and party politics is the government itself. ... A small group of really powerful political elites, the establishment, making decisions that serve their interests, and maintaining that power, while the rest of us are left outside."
— Gubbard to Fox News host Tucker Carlson

The big picture: 10 candidates qualified for the debates, to be held in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 12. The large field of candidates has put pressure on the DNC to focus its primary on those who can really challenge President Trump.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.