Jul 13, 2017

U.S. hits 50,000 refugee cap, triggering partial ban

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The U.S. has surpassed the Trump administration's refugee cap of 50,000, with 50,086 refugees admitted since the beginning of the budget year last October as of Wednesday, per the AP.

Now, refugees will have to prove they have a bona fide relationship with a U.S. person or business in addition to normal vetting procedures to be admitted. The additional layer will be in place for 120 days while the administration reviews security and screening procedures.

But the timing might be impacted in October, when the new budget year begins and a new cap on refugees will start. That's also when the Supreme Court will hear arguments on Trump's travel ban.

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Stories about President Trump's photo op at St. John's church after peaceful protesters were forcefully cleared from the area averaged the most online attention of any issue about the president this week.

Why it matters: Trump's force-over-compassion approach to the demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd had Republican allies backpedaling to keep a distance — and led to a wave of condemnations that got plenty of online traction on their own.

Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.