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Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

43 out of 76 of Iowa's Democratic county party leaders who responded to a survey by the Wall Street Journal say they want a young candidate to be their nominee for president in 2020.

Why it matters: As the first state to caucus in presidential elections, Iowa serves as an early indicator of which candidates could succeed at the national level. One potential candidate tossed around in Iowa was 46-year-old Rep. Beto O'Rourke, whose name was "volunteered without prompting" as an ideal choice by more than a dozen Iowan officials to the Journal. Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, considered three of the Democratic frontrunners for 2020, will all be at least 70 years old when the race kicks off in earnest in 2019.

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President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal has economists and bullish market analysts revising their U.S. growth expectations higher, predicting a reflation of the economy in 2021 and possibly more booming returns for risk assets.

Yes, but: Others are warning that what's expected to be reflation could actually show up as inflation, a much less welcome phenomenon.

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CES was largely irrelevant this year

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Forced online by the pandemic and overshadowed by the attack on the Capitol, the 2021 edition of CES was mostly an afterthought as media's attention focused elsewhere.

Why it matters: The consumer electronics trade show is the cornerstone event for the Consumer Technology Association and Las Vegas has been the traditional early-January gathering place for the tech industry.

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Capitol rioters, eager to share proof of their efforts with other extremists online, have so far left a digital footprint of at least 140,000 images that is making it easier for federal law enforcement officials to capture and arrest them.

The big picture: Law enforcement's use of digital tracing isn't new, and has long been at the center of fierce battles over privacy and civil liberties. The Capitol siege is opening a fresh front in that debate.

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