Stories by Mike Allen

Scoop: Joe Biden's 2020 announcement message

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When Joe Biden announces for president later this week, he'll open his campaign with a "climate of the nation" message that takes on President Trump but doesn't directly attack any of the other 2020 Democrats, advisers tell me.

What he'll say: Biden will spell out the stakes for the country, and talk about what kind of people we're going to be. He'll emphasize the kind of politics he's running against, and what kind of leadership the moment calls for.

Tech companies are having a quiet stock bonanza


Consumer-focused businesses (Pinterest) have more cachet, but tech startups (Zoom) that cater to companies are the hotter stock offerings, The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler writes.

What's new: "50 U.S. business-software companies have gone public since 2016, including Twilio Inc., MongoDB Inc. and Zscaler Inc. That compares with 13 consumer-technology companies, such as Dropbox Inc. and Snap," the WSJ reports.

Three decades of school shootings

Quote on a wall from a student about school shootings
Kailey Slusher casts a shadow yesterday on the Columbine Memorial in Littleton, Colo. Photo: Joe Mahoney/Getty Images

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on Columbine High School: On April 20, 1999, 2 teenage boys dressed in black trench coats killed 12 classmates and a teacher, and wounded 2 dozen others before taking their own lives.

Why it matters: Now, the survivors are raising kids in a world shaped by the attack. "Drills teaching students to 'lock down' inside classrooms became routine. Schools formed teams to assess threats, particularly from students. And security firms forged a multibillion-dollar industry, introducing surveillance video, panic buttons and upgraded doors and locks," AP reports. And, sadly, mass shootings have become part of growing up in America.