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Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren. Photos: Scott Olson/Getty Images, Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images, and Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The fourth round of Democratic debates will be held on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio, with 12 candidates onstage, making it the biggest single-night debate to date. 

How it works: This debate had the same requirements as September's. Qualifying candidates must have reached 2% in 4 DNC-approved polls and drawn 130,000 unique donors — including 400 donors in 20 different states. Oct. 1 was the final day to make the cut.

Why it matters: The Democrats' massive 2020 field has put pressure on the DNC to focus its primary on those who can really challenge President Trump.

Which candidates will be on stage:
  1. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  2. Sen. Cory Booker
  3. Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  4. Sen. Bernie Sanders
  5. Former Vice President Joe Biden
  6. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  7. Sen. Kamala Harris
  8. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  9. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke
  10. Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro
  11. Billionaire and activist Tom Steyer
  12. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Candidates that had at least 130,000 donors but did not meet the polling threshold:
  1. Author Marianne Williamson
Candidates who did not meet any qualifications for Ohio:
  1. Mayor Wayne Messam
  2. Former Rep. Joe Sestak
  3. Former Rep. John Delaney
  4. Rep. Tim Ryan
  5. Sen. Michael Bennet
  6. Gov. Steve Bullock

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Editor's note: This piece has been updated to reflect recent DNC requirement changes for the October debate.

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GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

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The limits of Biden's plan to cancel student debt

Data: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax; Chart: Axios Visuals

There’s a growing consensus among Americans who want President Biden to cancel student debt — but addressing the ballooning debt burden is much more complicated than it seems.

Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.

Why made-for-TV moments matter during the pandemic

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Erin Schaff-Pool, Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images

In a world where most Americans are isolated and forced to laugh, cry and mourn without friends or family by their side, viral moments can offer critical opportunities to unite the country or divide it.

Driving the news: President Biden's inauguration was produced to create several made-for-social viral moments, a tactic similar to what the Democratic National Committee and the Biden campaign pulled off during the Democratic National Convention.