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Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a town hall in Walpole, New Hampshire, Sunday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Editor's Note: The original version of this story was based on an incorrect quote in a story in the L.A. Times, which has since been amended. L.A. Times reporter Evan Halper's tweeted statement is below. The original story is under that, in full.

  • "My story about @PeteButtigieg ends with him referring to the 'failures of the Obama era.'"
  • "That’s an inaccurate quote — the result of transcribing a noisy recording at a loud rally. His exact words were 'failures of the old normal'. I deeply regret the mistake. When we make errors we own them. This one really hurts because it went viral."
  • "Here’s the candidate’s full remark: 'I also fundamentally believe that there is no going back. My message is not about going back to where we were. I think because I come from a part of the country where normal has been a real problem for a very long time, and I think the failures of the old normal help explain how we got to Trump, I am much more interested in building a future that is going to have a lot of differences.'"

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Original story below:

2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg sought on Sunday to stand out from his top-tier Democratic presidential rivals by linking the rise of President Donald Trump to the administration of his predecessor Barak Obama, per the Los Angeles Times.

What he's saying: "My message is not about going back to where we were," the LA Times reports the South Bend Mayor as saying. "The failures of the Obama era help explain how we got Trump. I am running on building a future that is going to have a lot of differences.… One thing I learned in 2016 is to be very skeptical of any message that relies on the word 'again.'"

Why it matters: Buttigieg is looking to set himself apart from fellow top-tier moderate former Vice President Joe Biden "by offering himself as the viable moderate alternative" to Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, per the New York Times.

The big picture: Axios' Fadel Allassan notes his efforts appear to be working, as a New York Times/Siena College poll of voters likely to attend the Iowa caucuses shows him gaining ground, with 18% backing him as Biden slipped to 17%. (Warren and Sanders were polling at 22% and 19%, respectively.)

Go deeper: Pete Buttigieg on the issues, in under 500 words

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Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).

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3D printing's next act: big metal objects

Chief Scientist Andy Bayramian makes modifications to the laser system on Seurat's 3D metal printer. Photo courtesy of Seurat Technologies.

A new metal 3D printing technology could revolutionize the way large industrial products like planes and cars are made, reducing the cost and carbon footprint of mass manufacturing.

Why it matters: 3D printing — also called additive manufacturing — has been used since the 1980s to make small plastic parts and prototypes. Metal printing is newer, and the challenge has been figuring out how to make things like large car parts faster and cheaper than traditional methods.

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Mayors see cryptocurrency as a way to address income inequality

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors' meeting in D.C. this week, there's buzz around the idea of giving cryptocurrency accounts to low-income people.

Why it matters: Cities have been experimenting with newfangled ways to address income inequality — like guaranteed income programs — and the latest wave of trials could involve paying benefits or dividends in bitcoin, stablecoin or other digital currencies.