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Biden seizes on gun control despite hurdles in Congress

Biden is increasingly seizing on gun control—especially an assault weapons ban—as a political rallying cry, even as the votes remain elusive in Congress.
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Biden seizes on gun control despite hurdles in Congress

Biden is increasingly seizing on gun control—especially an assault weapons ban—as a political rallying cry, even as the votes remain elusive in Congress.

Threatened with jail for livestreaming traffic stop, he sued

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is debating whether streaming is different from recording, and whether passengers in cars can record at all.
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Threatened with jail for livestreaming traffic stop, he sued

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is debating whether streaming is different from recording, and whether passengers in cars can record at all.

Post Politics Now: Senate poised to pass bill protecting same-sex marriages

President Biden is heading to Michigan, a presidential battleground state, to tout the growth in manufacturing jobs during his tenure.
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Post Politics Now: Senate poised to pass bill protecting same-sex marriages

President Biden is heading to Michigan, a presidential battleground state, to tout the growth in manufacturing jobs during his tenure.

Briefing - Sustainable use of plant protection products - 29-11-2022

Under the farm to fork strategy, part of the European Green Deal, the EU has set itself a double target: a 50 % reduction in the overall use of and risk from chemical plant protection products, and a 50 % reduction in the use of more hazardous ones by 2030. T
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Briefing - Sustainable use of plant protection products - 29-11-2022

Under the farm to fork strategy, part of the European Green Deal, the EU has set itself a double target: a 50 % reduction in the overall use of and risk from chemical plant protection products, and a 50 % reduction in the use of more hazardous ones by 2030. The proposal for a regulation tabled by the European Commission on 22 June 2022, which would replace the 2009 sustainable use directive, would require Member States to contribute collectively to achieving these EU-wide targets through the adoption and attainment of binding national targets. To protect biodiversity and citizens' health, the use of all plant protection products would be banned in specific, sensitive areas. Monitoring and reporting obligations would be strengthened. Stakeholders are strongly divided on the proposal. While environmental organisations are pushing for more ambition, the farming community is concerned about the lack of alternatives for farmers, the broad coverage of sensitive areas, and consequences for business continuity. Indicators used to track progress towards the targets are also subject to criticisms from various sides. In Parliament, the proposal has been referred to the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). In the Council, work is ongoing at working party level. First edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Three weeks after election, Arizona remains in turmoil over results

Cochise County flouted a Monday deadline to certify the results, while officials in Maricopa County faced threats for following through on that duty.
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Three weeks after election, Arizona remains in turmoil over results

Cochise County flouted a Monday deadline to certify the results, while officials in Maricopa County faced threats for following through on that duty.

Pence, other Republicans issue rare rebuke of Trump over dinner with Fuentes and Ye

Trump's former vice president is the highest-profile Republican to criticize the meal with someone known to espouse antisemitic views.
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Pence, other Republicans issue rare rebuke of Trump over dinner with Fuentes and Ye

Trump's former vice president is the highest-profile Republican to criticize the meal with someone known to espouse antisemitic views.

In-Depth Analysis - Geopolitical risks and banking sector vulnerabilities: implications for the SSM - 28-11-2022

Geopolitical risk will increasingly confront EU banks and their supervisors in the coming years. This paper assesses four specific manifestations of this type of risk and the related banking vulnerabilities and proposes new or modified priorities for Europea
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In-Depth Analysis - Geopolitical risks and banking sector vulnerabilities: implications for the SSM - 28-11-2022

Geopolitical risk will increasingly confront EU banks and their supervisors in the coming years. This paper assesses four specific manifestations of this type of risk and the related banking vulnerabilities and proposes new or modified priorities for European Central Bank banking supervision. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Briefing - Public hearing with Elke König, Chair of the Single Resolution Board - 28-11-2022

This note is prepared in view of a public hearing with the Chair of the Single Resolution Board (SRB), Elke König, scheduled for 30 November 2022. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP
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Briefing - Public hearing with Elke König, Chair of the Single Resolution Board - 28-11-2022

This note is prepared in view of a public hearing with the Chair of the Single Resolution Board (SRB), Elke König, scheduled for 30 November 2022. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Briefing - What role for the Advisory European Fiscal Board? - 28-11-2022

This note provides an overview of the main features and recent developments regarding the advisory European Fiscal Board. It also includes some reflections on a stronger role of the EU level fiscal board in the light of economic governance reforms orientation
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Briefing - What role for the Advisory European Fiscal Board? - 28-11-2022

This note provides an overview of the main features and recent developments regarding the advisory European Fiscal Board. It also includes some reflections on a stronger role of the EU level fiscal board in the light of economic governance reforms orientations proposed by the Commission in November 2022. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Briefing - The EU chips act: Securing Europe's supply of semiconductors - 28-11-2022

Semiconductors (or chips) are the drivers of the digital transition. Their production relies on complex and vulnerable global supply chains. Against the backdrop of global chip shortages, a global 'subsidy race' in the world's main producing regions, and a re
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Briefing - The EU chips act: Securing Europe's supply of semiconductors - 28-11-2022

Semiconductors (or chips) are the drivers of the digital transition. Their production relies on complex and vulnerable global supply chains. Against the backdrop of global chip shortages, a global 'subsidy race' in the world's main producing regions, and a renewed EU industrial policy, in February 2022 the Commission presented a proposal for an EU chips act aimed at reinforcing the whole EU chips value chain. The chips act is based on a three-pillar structure: pillar 1 to bolster large-scale technological capacity building and innovation in the EU chips ecosystem; pillar 2 to improve the EU's security of supply; and pillar 3 to set up a monitoring and crisis response mechanism. In the event of supply crises, the Commission would be allowed to implement three types of emergency measures: ask companies for information, ask companies to accept and prioritise orders of crisis-relevant products, and make shared purchases on behalf of Member States. The proposal is now with the co-legislators. In the European Parliament, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) is responsible for the file. The draft report was presented and discussed during the ITRE meeting on 13 October 2022. ITRE MEPs tabled a total of 804 amendments to the Commission proposal. The final vote on the report is expected to take place early in 2023. Second edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Post Politics Now: Lame-duck Congress returning to Washington with full agenda waiting

The top priority for lawmakers: Keeping the government running beyond Dec. 16. Other pending issues include protecting same-sex marriage and changes to the Electoral Count Act.
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Post Politics Now: Lame-duck Congress returning to Washington with full agenda waiting

The top priority for lawmakers: Keeping the government running beyond Dec. 16. Other pending issues include protecting same-sex marriage and changes to the Electoral Count Act.

Study - Tackling global inflation at a time of radical uncertainty - 28-11-2022

The ongoing escalation of inflation challenges policymakers with radical uncertainty. First, inflation is boosted by the interplay of global and domestic factors. Second, such factors involve both aggregate demand and supply with different intensity in differ
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Study - Tackling global inflation at a time of radical uncertainty - 28-11-2022

The ongoing escalation of inflation challenges policymakers with radical uncertainty. First, inflation is boosted by the interplay of global and domestic factors. Second, such factors involve both aggregate demand and supply with different intensity in different countries. Third, global factors such as energy prices are also driven by geopolitical unpredictable forces. Risks of both under and over-reaction are present. All this makes a good case for coordination of monetary and fiscal policies within countries and among countries. Yet serious impediments should also be considered. This paper was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) ahead of the Monetary Dialogue with the ECB President on 28 November 2022. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

In-Depth Analysis - Global factors and ECB monetary policy - 28-11-2022

The euro area’s current high inflation rate is due to both internally generated demand pressures and external shocks that have raised food and energy prices. This paper argues that the latter element is more important than the former. Central banks need t
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In-Depth Analysis - Global factors and ECB monetary policy - 28-11-2022

The euro area’s current high inflation rate is due to both internally generated demand pressures and external shocks that have raised food and energy prices. This paper argues that the latter element is more important than the former. Central banks need to tighten monetary policy to address high inflation but, with central banks around the world under pressure to restore their anti-inflationary credentials, it is possible that there is going to be too much tightening of global financial conditions. This paper was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) ahead of the Monetary Dialogue with the ECB President on 28 November 2022. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Democrats press for assault weapons ban, other gun laws after new mass shootings

“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick,” President Biden said after recent mass shootings at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs and a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va.
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Democrats press for assault weapons ban, other gun laws after new mass shootings

“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick,” President Biden said after recent mass shootings at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs and a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va.

Maricopa County says printer glitches didn’t prevent anyone from voting

A report issued Sunday to the Arizona attorney general’s office blames Republicans for stoking doubts about a secure alternative available to voters.
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Maricopa County says printer glitches didn’t prevent anyone from voting

A report issued Sunday to the Arizona attorney general’s office blames Republicans for stoking doubts about a secure alternative available to voters.

Jon Batiste to headline Biden’s first state dinner, serenade Macron

The Grammy-winning musician and former bandleader on «The Late Show With Stephen Colbert» gets another high point in a year full of them.
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Jon Batiste to headline Biden’s first state dinner, serenade Macron

The Grammy-winning musician and former bandleader on «The Late Show With Stephen Colbert» gets another high point in a year full of them.

Early voters in Georgia head to the polls Saturday for Senate runoff

Those taking advantage of Saturday voting included college students visiting home for Thanksgiving, police officers and ambulance workers with busy work schedules.
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Early voters in Georgia head to the polls Saturday for Senate runoff

Those taking advantage of Saturday voting included college students visiting home for Thanksgiving, police officers and ambulance workers with busy work schedules.

U.S. grants Chevron license to pump oil in Venezuela

Under a new Treasury Department license, it will be able to resume pumping oil. The limited license stipulates that any oil produced can only be exported to the United States. No profits from its sale can go to the Venezuelan company but must be used to pay o
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U.S. grants Chevron license to pump oil in Venezuela

Under a new Treasury Department license, it will be able to resume pumping oil. The limited license stipulates that any oil produced can only be exported to the United States. No profits from its sale can go to the Venezuelan company but must be used to pay off Venezuelan creditors in the United States.

Steny Hoyer sought ‘consensus.’ The next Democratic leaders may find that hard.

Hoyer hopes the new top Democrats can replicate the balance of the outgoing three, but the new guard must contend with the polarization of the Republican Party.
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Steny Hoyer sought ‘consensus.’ The next Democratic leaders may find that hard.

Hoyer hopes the new top Democrats can replicate the balance of the outgoing three, but the new guard must contend with the polarization of the Republican Party.

Steny Hoyer sought ‘consensus’. The next Democratic leaders may find that hard.

Hoyer hopes the new top Democrats can replicate the balance of the outgoing three, but the new guard must contend with the polarization of the Republican Party.
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Steny Hoyer sought ‘consensus’. The next Democratic leaders may find that hard.

Hoyer hopes the new top Democrats can replicate the balance of the outgoing three, but the new guard must contend with the polarization of the Republican Party.

Democrats battle over 2024 nomination calendar as Biden weighs options

New Hampshire and Nevada fight over first place, as Michigan and Minnesota angle to replace Iowa in the Democratic presidential process.
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Democrats battle over 2024 nomination calendar as Biden weighs options

New Hampshire and Nevada fight over first place, as Michigan and Minnesota angle to replace Iowa in the Democratic presidential process.

Writer E. Jean Carroll sues Trump under new N.Y. sexual assault law

The Adult Survivors Act gives adult sexual assault survivors up to one year to file a lawsuit, regardless of when the alleged violation happened.
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Writer E. Jean Carroll sues Trump under new N.Y. sexual assault law

The Adult Survivors Act gives adult sexual assault survivors up to one year to file a lawsuit, regardless of when the alleged violation happened.

In-Depth Analysis - Preventing radicalisation in the European Union: How EU policy has evolved - 25-11-2022

The questions of why terrorism occurs and how to stop it have haunted European citizens ever since the series of terrorist attacks across the EU that started in the early 2000s. The idea that someone might become a terrorist by going through a 'radicalisation
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In-Depth Analysis - Preventing radicalisation in the European Union: How EU policy has evolved - 25-11-2022

The questions of why terrorism occurs and how to stop it have haunted European citizens ever since the series of terrorist attacks across the EU that started in the early 2000s. The idea that someone might become a terrorist by going through a 'radicalisation' process seemed like a plausible explanation and therefore quickly gained ground among EU policy-makers. Even though experts still disagree over what radicalisation is and whether focusing on it has really advanced the understanding of terrorism, the idea of the close linkages between the two phenomena has endured for better or for worse. Although the terrorism threat the EU faces has evolved, measures to prevent radicalisation are still a key component of EU counter-terrorism efforts as the radicalisation debate goes on. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

At a Glance - Proposal to make 2023 European Year of Skills - 25-11-2022

Following European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's announcement in her 2022 State of the Union address, the Commission has formally proposed to make 2023 European Year of Skills. The aim is to give fresh impetus to lifelong learning, boost EU comp
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At a Glance - Proposal to make 2023 European Year of Skills - 25-11-2022

Following European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's announcement in her 2022 State of the Union address, the Commission has formally proposed to make 2023 European Year of Skills. The aim is to give fresh impetus to lifelong learning, boost EU companies' competitiveness and help achieve the green and digital transitions in a socially fair manner. Building on existing EU action, the activities of the European year would promote skills policies and investment so as to address labour shortages and secure a better skilled workforce. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Briefing - Proposed anti-coercion instrument - 24-11-2022

It is widely held that geopolitical tensions in the world are on the rise. One of the clear indicators of this phenomenon is the increasing use of economic tools for the pursuit of strategic and geopolitical goals. This can take the form of coercion used by o
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Briefing - Proposed anti-coercion instrument - 24-11-2022

It is widely held that geopolitical tensions in the world are on the rise. One of the clear indicators of this phenomenon is the increasing use of economic tools for the pursuit of strategic and geopolitical goals. This can take the form of coercion used by one country against another through restrictions on trade or investment in order to interfere with their sovereign choices. In response to the EU and its Member States becoming the target of deliberate economic coercion in recent years, on 8 December 2021 the Commission published a proposal for the adoption of an anti-coercion instrument that would allow the EU to respond more effectively to such challenges on a global scale. While the new framework is primarily designed to deter economic coercive action through dialogue and engagement, it also allows – as a last resort –retaliation, with countermeasures comprising a wide range of restrictions related to trade, investment and funding. While there is broad support for creating a legislative tool to address the growing problem of economic coercion, opinions are divided as regards the severity of countermeasures and the manner of establishing when they should be imposed. Within the European Parliament, the file was assigned to the Committee on International Trade (INTA). The committee adopted its report on 10 October 2022. The European Parliament confirmed the committee's decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations during its second October 2022 plenary session. Trilogue negotiations are expected to commence shortly. Third edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Briefing - EU international procurement instrument - 24-11-2022

Government procurement forms an important part of national economies. The EU has opened up its public procurement markets to third countries to a large degree, while many other economies have had limited appetite to liberalise market access. In 2012, the Euro
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Briefing - EU international procurement instrument - 24-11-2022

Government procurement forms an important part of national economies. The EU has opened up its public procurement markets to third countries to a large degree, while many other economies have had limited appetite to liberalise market access. In 2012, the European Commission tabled a proposal for an international procurement instrument (IPI). The IPI would give the EU leverage in negotiating the reciprocal opening of public procurement markets in third countries. The Commission revised the proposal in 2016, taking on board some recommendations from the Council and the European Parliament. However, the revised proposal did not advance owing to differences in Member States' positions. In 2019, discussions in the Council gathered new momentum in the context of a growing recognition of the need to level the playing field in international trade and the new negotiating mandate was adopted in June 2021. Parliament adopted its position on the revised IPI proposal in December 2021, modifying its design, scope and application. The trilogues concluded successfully in March 2022. Parliament approved the agreement in plenary by a large majority on 9 June 2022 and the Council formally adopted it on 17 June. The IPI entered into force on 29 August 2022. Fourth edition of a briefing, the previous editions of which were drafted by Jana Titievskaia. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Study - The implementation of Article 31 of the Treaty on European Union and the use of Qualified Majority Voting - 24-11-2022

This study has been commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the AFCO Committee. It analyses the possibilities and challenges regarding unanimity and qualified majority v
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Study - The implementation of Article 31 of the Treaty on European Union and the use of Qualified Majority Voting - 24-11-2022

This study has been commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the AFCO Committee. It analyses the possibilities and challenges regarding unanimity and qualified majority voting as well as the use of passerelle clauses in EU decision-making, with a special focus on the use of qualified majority voting in the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Briefing - Cohesion in the EU towards 2050: 8th Cohesion Report and stakeholder views - 24-11-2022

The 8th Cohesion Report, published by the European Commission in February 2022, paints a mixed picture of cohesion policy. On the one hand, since the 2008 financial crisis and the contraction of public spending, cohesion policy has played an increasing role i
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Briefing - Cohesion in the EU towards 2050: 8th Cohesion Report and stakeholder views - 24-11-2022

The 8th Cohesion Report, published by the European Commission in February 2022, paints a mixed picture of cohesion policy. On the one hand, since the 2008 financial crisis and the contraction of public spending, cohesion policy has played an increasing role in maintaining territorial integrity and public services. On the other hand, many less developed and middle-income regions, especially in the southern and south-western parts of Europe, are stagnating or falling behind. The report highlights that while it is relatively easy to increase growth in less developed regions, which benefit from low-cost labour, regions in transition often face several obstacles. Their industrial fabric is weak and their population numbers are in decline, with young people fleeing to more promising regions and urban nodes. There is a risk that distrust of the established institutional order – a 'geography of discontent' – may emerge. Taking the above into account, the report proposes the development of a more sophisticated strategy focused in particular on offering people training and education aligned with the needs generated by the dual digital and green transition. The report calls for ensuring a better diffusion of innovative practices and knowledge at national and regional levels, to help bridge the divide between more developed and less developed/transition regions. Smart specialisation strategies should address this divide, but will need to focus more on building regional potential. Various stakeholders have assessed and debated the findings of the 8th Cohesion Report and made their own proposals for the future of cohesion policy. The European Parliament's own proposals include separating the political aspects of the Common Provisions Regulation from its financing, establishing a new Just Transition Fund II, and integrating the Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) into cohesion policy. The debate on cohesion policy reform for the post-2027 period has already begun. Cohesion policy post-2027 could be radically different from today and potentially serve as the engine of economic transition and policy integration. Various think-tanks envisage thought-provoking scenarios for the possible future of cohesion policy. The present analysis suggests that compelling and intriguing times lie ahead for regional economic cohesion in the EU. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

At a Glance - 'Beyond enlargement': European Political Community and enlargement policy reform - 23-11-2022

The European Political Community (EPC) is a new 'platform for political coordination' (European Council) initially proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron. The Presidents of the European Council, Charles Michel, and European Commission, Ursula von der Le
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At a Glance - 'Beyond enlargement': European Political Community and enlargement policy reform - 23-11-2022

The European Political Community (EPC) is a new 'platform for political coordination' (European Council) initially proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron. The Presidents of the European Council, Charles Michel, and European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, have both also supported such a proposal. The inaugural meeting of the EPC was held in Prague on 6 October. The 'EU+ summit' was hosted by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and attended by 43 national delegations from the EU-27, Western Balkans and other countries, including the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Turkey. According to Charles Michel, the EPC aims to go 'beyond enlargement' and will steer political dialogue and coordination, mainly on security issues, with like-minded countries, those that have an ambition to join the EU and those that do not. The EPC can be seen in the light of the ambition for a 'geopolitical Commission' that 'stabilises its neighbourhood, accelerates enlargement and champions multilateralism'. Source : © European Union, 2022 - EP

Lisa Murkowski and Mary Peltola projected to win Alaska races, defeating Trump-backed opponents

In Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Rep. Mary Peltola (D) are projected to win their races, defeating Trump-backed opponents.
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Lisa Murkowski and Mary Peltola projected to win Alaska races, defeating Trump-backed opponents

In Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Rep. Mary Peltola (D) are projected to win their races, defeating Trump-backed opponents.

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