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Joe Biden for The Atlantic this morning:

  • "If it wasn't clear before, it's clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation. The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America."
  • "We have fought this battle before — but today we have a special challenge. ... We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support."
  • "You, me, and the citizens of this country carry a special burden in 2017. We have to do what our president has not. ... We have to do what he will not. ... We have to remember our kids are watching."

Why it matters: Biden, with 36 years in the Senate and eight years as V.P., is eying one last run in 2020, when he'll be 77. He's chastising Trump in unusually personal terms that are certain to drive a flood of coverage and conversation.

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The big picture: Congress is just one arm of government making the case against these companies. Google is expected to be the first of the firms to face possible antitrust litigation from the Justice Department before summer's end, but all four face a full-court press of investigations by DOJ, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.

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Why it matters: Rather than an overnight descent into a collection of urban wastelands full of Starbucks, Amazon fulfillment centers, Chase bank branches and nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic and resulting retail apocalypse may just mean that, in major U.S. cities, less is more.