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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photos: Getty Images

2020 Democrats are divided over whether to abolish the Senate filibuster, with some candidates opting to merely reform the rule and others pushing to eliminate it altogether.

Why it matters: Killing the filibuster is likely the only way Democrats could advance major progressive policies 2020 candidates are promising — like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All — even if they secured unified control of Washington, because such legislation often gets filibustered in the Senate so long as Republicans maintain a supermajority.

Want Senate to eliminate the filibuster

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): "For generations, the filibuster was used as a tool to block progress on racial justice. And in recent years, it’s been used by the far right as a tool to block progress on everything. ... we should get rid of the filibuster.”

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mont.): “I support eliminating the Senate filibuster."

Mayor Wayne Messam (D-Fla.): "The current use of the filibuster isn’t what the Founders intended... and I believe it should be removed."

Want Senate to keep the filibuster

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.): “We should not be doing anything to mess with the strength of the filibuster." Also, he said he would "personally resist” efforts to get rid of it.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.): “I'm not crazy about getting rid of the filibuster."

Former Vice President Joe Biden: "Ending the filibuster is a very dangerous move."

Admiral Joe Sestak: "No, except we might consider lowering the number to overcome a filibuster to perhaps 55..."

Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.): "If we want to pass long-lasting, meaningful legislation, it should be done with a 60-vote majority..."

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio): Does not support removing the filibuster, per the Washington Post.

Mixed messages

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): "I’m conflicted, to be honest with you."

Mayor Pete Buttigieg: "We should consider it. I mean, that’s something the senators have to figure out but it’s got to be on the table because our sense of fair play among Democrats has bitten us far too many times for us to be naive about it."

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii): "That's another one that is important for us to look at how we solve this or make changes that are not based on partisanship..."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Open to eliminating the filibuster, per the Post.

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas): "We should seriously consider getting rid of the filibuster."

Author Marianne Williamson: "I believe that individual filibusters should continue to be an option, but that they be followed by a simple up or down, majority-wins vote."

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang: Told the Post he "would be open to it."

The bottom line: Any change to the Senate filibuster would have to be implemented by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has opposed the move so far, per Politico. Regardless, the issue is still encouraging campaign talk on hot-button policies that haven't been seen before.

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Educators face fines, harassment over critical race theory

People talk before the start of a rally against critical race theory being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Va. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Elementary school teachers, administrators and college professors are facing fines, physical threats, and fear of firing because of an organized push from the right to remove classroom discussions of systemic racism.

Why it matters: Moves to ban critical race theory are raising free speech concerns amid an absence of consistent parameters about what teachings are in or out of bounds.

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A driver in a pickup truck hit spectators at a Pride festival in Wilton Manors, Florida, killing a man and leaving another person hospitalized Saturday, authorities said.

Details: Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told reporters police had "apprehended the driver" and that the vehicle missed a parade car carrying Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) "by inches."

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Uganda Olympic team member tests positive for COVID in Tokyo

The Uganda National boxing team's Catherine Nanziri (L) and others arrive for check-in at Entebbe international airport in Wakiso, Uganda on Friday, ahead of their departure to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games. Photo: Badru Katumba/AFP via Getty Images

A Uganda Olympic team member tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan late Saturday, officials said.

Why it matters: Japan's government has faced criticism for vowing to host the Tokyo Games next month as coronavirus cases rise. The Ugandan team is the second to arrive in Japan after the Australian women's softball players, and this is the first COVID-19 infection detected among the Olympic athletes, Al Jazeera notes.