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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The 2020 Democratic field splits into two rough camps: anger vs. optimism.

The big picture: Democrats ultimately have to choose between someone who's the mirror image of President Trump (an angry fighter) — or the opposite (an optimistic pragmatist).

  • One Democratic operative said you can even see the difference by turning down the sound on the candidates' announcement videos.
  • Sen. Kamala Harris is the clearest example of a candidate who so far has straddled the two camps.

The fighters are defined by their brand of liberal populism:

  • Think Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who argue that Americans are victimized not just by Trump, but by corporations, billionaires, and a rigged system.
  • Exhibit A ... Warren tweeted yesterday: "I want to be absolutely clear: this ridiculous wall isn’t a national emergency, and Donald Trump isn’t king. We’ll fight this with everything we’ve got."

The optimists paint a hopeful, and relatively more moderate, view:

  • Sens. Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, as well as Julián Castro fall squarely in this category. So would Joe Biden, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Beto O'Rourke if they were to run.
  • Exhibit B ... Klobuchar tweeted yesterday: "Both sides of my family arrived in America with nothing but a suitcase, looking for a better life for their families. Their story isn’t so different from people working towards opportunity today. It's past time for comprehensive immigration reform."

What the polls show: Democratic voters value electability. 56% "prefer someone who would be a strong candidate against Trump even if they disagree with that candidate on most issues," according to a recent Monmouth University poll.

  • "People will be willing to set aside ideology because they want a winner," said Matt Bennett, co-founder of centrist think tank Third Way.

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Biden to sign voting rights order to mark "Bloody Sunday" anniversary

President Biden will sign an executive order today, on the 56th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," meant to promote voting rights, according to an administration official.

Why it matters: The executive order comes as Democrats face an uphill battle to pass a sweeping election bill meant, in part, to combat a growing number of proposals introduced by Republicans at the state level that would restrict voter access.

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In photos: Pope Francis spreads message of peace on first trip to Iraq

Pope Francis waving as he arrives near the ruins of the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (al-Tahira-l-Kubra), in the old city of Iraq's northern Mosul on March 7. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis was on Sunday visiting areas of northern Iraq once held by Islamic State militants.

Why it matters: This is the first-ever papal trip to Iraq. The purpose of Francis' four-day visit is largely intended to reassure the country's Christian minority, who were violently persecuted by ISIS, which controlled the region from 2014-2017.

Cuomo faces fresh misconduct allegations from former aides

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a February press conference in New York City. Photo: Seth Wenig/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was on Saturday facing fresh accusations of misconduct against his staff, including further allegations of inappropriate behavior against two more women. His office denies the claims.

Driving the news: The Washington Post reported Cuomo allegedly embraced an aide when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and that two male staffers who worked for him in the governor's office accused him of routinely berating them "with explicit language."