Sen. Bernie Sanders shaking hands at a campaign event. Photo: Stephanie Keith via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has not made a final decision on whether he'll run for president in 2020, but the democratic socialist's massive national profile and existing fundraising network could set the stage for a much bigger campaign than in 2016, the AP's Steve Peoples reports from a gathering of Sanders' advisers this weekend.

The big picture: Once an "insurgent underdog," Sanders would begin the 2020 Democratic campaign as a frontrunner, his campaign manager tells the AP, even in a packed field of potential candidates like Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker that share his progressive policy dreams. Sanders' wife Jane O’Meara Sanders says that the his path to victory would come via a "very strong progressive commitment" to issues like climate change, affordable housing and student debt.

Go deeper: Bernie blames midterm losses in Florida and Georgia on white voters

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U.S. vs. Google — the siege begins

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The Justice Department fired the starter pistol on what's likely to be a years-long legal siege of Big Tech by the U.S. government when it filed a major antitrust suit Tuesday against Google.

The big picture: Once a generation, it seems, federal regulators decide to take on a dominant tech company. Two decades ago, Microsoft was the target; two decades before that, IBM.

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Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet)

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If the impasse between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House on a new stimulus deal is supposed to be a crisis, you wouldn't know it from the stock market, where prices continue to rise.

  • That's been in no small part because U.S. economic data has held up remarkably well in recent months thanks to the $2 trillion CARES Act and Americans' unusual ability to save during the crisis.
58 mins ago - World

Israel's secret embassy in Bahrain

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This story is from Barak Ravid's new weekly newsletter, Axios from Tel Aviv, which launches today. Sign up here.

Israel has been conducting undercover diplomacy in Bahrain for more than a decade through a front company listed as a commercial consulting firm.

Why it matters: The existence of the covert diplomatic mission in the Bahraini capital Manama shows the depth of a secret relationship that came out into the open with a White House ceremony last month.

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