What to Know in Washington: DeSantis a Target in GOP Debate

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Ron DeSantis is likely to face intensified attacks from lesser-known candidates eager to make their mark during tonight’s Republican presidential debate.

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy will look to seize the spotlight to overtake the Florida governor, whose campaign is reeling after a series of missteps.

China, economic policy and the war in Ukraine are all expected to be key topics of discussion, along with abortion rights and immigration. Voters and political donors will be scrutinizing the candidates’ performances to see who deserves their support with the party’s first nominating contests set for January.

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The two-hour debate in Milwaukee will air on Fox News at 9 p.m. Eastern time with Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum as hosts. Hadriana Lowenkron and Stephanie Lai overview what to expect.

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President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign is casting the Republican candidates set to take the debate stage as unable to escape Donald Trump’s “extreme agenda,” even though the former president will skip the event.

GOP Debate Cut Marks Decision Point for Low-Polling Candidates

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Meadows Asks Judge to Block Arrest in Georgia Election Case

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On Lawmaker Radars

Bernie Sanders’ Progressive Priorities Risk Labor, Health Agenda

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Meta, Amazon Questioned By Lawmakers About Recalled Products

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers asked Meta and other online marketplaces about efforts to end the sale of banned and recalled hazardous products on their platforms, according to statement.

  • Google’s YouTube continues to collect behavioral data on children in violation of federal child privacy law despite a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, a group of digital advocacy organizations said. Read more.

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Banking watchdogs will next week propose requiring that banks with as little as $100 billion in assets issue enough long-term debt to cover capital losses if they ever failed.

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Washington will impose visa limits on some officials in China for their part in forcing Tibetan children to assimilate into mainstream Chinese society, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Katrice Eborn in Washington at keborn@bgov.com

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