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On Politics: Biden-Harris Rematch to Headline Second Debates – The New York Times

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Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.

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The selection process for presidential debates has taken place behind closed doors — until now. In a live television spectacle involving cards, boxes and a triple-split-screen, CNN revealed who will face off in the next set of Democratic debates. The first night will feature Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, while the second will be a rematch for Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Kamala Harris.

Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders, two of the leaders in the 2020 presidential race, are butting heads over health care. To Mr. Sanders, the health care system is broken, and the only way to fix it is to replace it with his signature policy plan, “Medicare for all.” For Mr. Biden, removing the Affordable Care Act is not an option.

A year from their next presidential nominating convention, Democrats still don’t agree on why they lost the White House in 2016. But they have absolutely no intention of repeating their mistakes — whatever they were.

President Trump said he disavowed the “send her back” chant that broke out at his rally on Wednesday, despite video showing him basking in the refrain during the event itself. Republicans quickly rushed to distance themselves from the chant, but did not target Mr. Trump in doing so.

The House passed a bill to double the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025. If approved, it would be the first federal minimum wage increase since 2009. But Senate Republicans refuse to take it up.

Mr. Trump said that he was looking “very seriously” at intervening in the hard-fought commercial battle for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract for which Amazon, a company he has frequently attacked, is seen as the leading contender.

At the White House, the president said a Navy ship shot down an Iranian drone that had refused to back down after being warned. The downing will most likely again reignite tensions between Iran and the United States.

Democrats on Thursday grilled the acting secretary of homeland security over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, offensive social media posts by border agents and the treatment of migrant children, accusing the department of having an “empathy deficit.”

A year and a half after into the recovery from Hurricane Maria, a popular uprising in Puerto Rico this week has filled the cobblestone streets of San Juan with tens of thousands of people and a unifying message: the governor must go.

As the federal government inches closer toward a potentially disastrous default on its debts, lawmakers and some Trump administration officials desperate for a budget deal have carefully maneuvered negotiations away from the acting White House chief of staff, who is quickly becoming an enemy at the negotiation table.

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Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.

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