Dianne Feinstein wants Joe Biden to run against Trump in 2020

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Politico Thursday that she believes former vice president and Delaware senator Joe Biden would be the ideal Democratic nominee to run against President Trump in 2020.

Why it matters: As more people announce their intent to run, endorsements like Feinstein's — who was elected to the Senate in 1992 — will only highlight the schism between the establishment and progressive wings of the Democratic Party. Biden has still yet to announce whether he he plans to run for president.

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University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets

Xi Jinping. Photo: Noel Celis - Pool/ Getty Images

A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Why it matters: The case represents a dramatic escalation of the Chinese government's attempts to shut down free speech abroad, and a global expansion of a Chinese police campaign a year ago to track down Twitter users in China who posted content critical of the Chinese government.

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⚖️ Live updates: Opening arguments begin in Trump impeachment trial

The second day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump will see a full day of opening arguments from Democratic House impeachment managers.

What to watch for: Democrats now have 24 hours — spread out over three days — to take their time to lay out their case against the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It'll also allow them to highlight gaps that could be filled out by additional witnesses and documents from the administration.

This post will be updated with new developments as the trial continues.

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