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Morton A. Klein, president of the conservative, pro-Israel group Zionist Organization of America condemned Sen. Mitch McConnell, Josh Holmes and the Senate Leadership Fund for promoting "reprehensible lies" about Steve Bannon being anti-Semitic. "Their disgraceful name calling is rubbish," he wrote in the statement, explaining that Bannon is invited to ZOA's annual gala next month and the organization "does not invite anti-Semites."

Why it matters: ZOA is hitting back at McConnell's allies and the well-funding, conservative, outside group, the Senate Leadership Fund who have been accusing Bannon of anti-Semitism. McConnell has not made any accusations himself.

Bannon has vowed to support challengers against every GOP incumbent running in 2018 and has been requiring his candidates to pledge to oppose McConnell, Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan reported.

The anti-Semitic claim: In 2007, during their divorce proceedings, Bannon's ex-wife claimed that he had made several anti-Semitic comments when looking for schools for their children to attend. Press obtained the court filings last year, but Bannon has denied the accusations.

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The big picture: Much of what D.C. fears about TikTok is fear itself, and that's reflected in President Trump's executive order to ban the app by Sept. 20 if it's not sold by parent company ByteDance — alongside another focused on Chinese messaging app WeChat and its parent company Tencent.

U.S. sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

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The Treasury Department on Friday placed sanctions on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, following months of tension as she has allowed continued overreach by Beijing to subvert Hong Kong's autonomy.

Why it matters: It's the toughest sanction yet imposed on China for its destruction of Hong Kong’s relatively free political system.

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Cadillac on Thursday unveiled the Lyriq, the luxury brand's first all-electric model and GM's first consumer electric vehicle unveil since the Chevy Bolt several years ago.

Why it matters: It's the first reveal by GM of an electric vehicle that will use the company's new modular platform and Ultium battery system — technologies meant to underpin the 20 electric vehicles that GM plans to launch by 2023.