May 14, 2018

Corey Lewandowski joins Pence PAC to focus on midterms

Former Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowsk. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Trump campaign manager and confidant Corey Lewandowski is joining Vice President Mike Pence’s political action committee to focus on this year’s consequential midterm election, Lewandowski announced on Twitter Monday.

Why it matters: His return to Trumpworld was first reported by Fox News, which said that Lewandowski’s move “will enable him to travel with the VP and puts him firmly back in the president’s 2020 reelection orbit.” Meanwhile, Pence has been playing a central role in the White House's midterm strategy amid some internal friction with administration aides and Trump loyalists, per a new report from The New York Times.

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Big video game conference delayed amid coronavirus concerns

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Next month's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco became the latest tech event to be cancelled or postponed amid growing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The big picture: A growing number of events are being scrapped, including Mobile World Congress and Facebook's F8 developer conference. Some, like the giant SXSW event in Austin, insist they are moving forward.

Trump again nominates Rep. John Ratcliffe for intelligence chief

Ratcliffe at CPAC on Feb. 27. Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Trump again nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in a tweet on Friday.

Catch up quick: If confirmed, Ratcliffe would eventually replace Richard Grenell, a staunch defender of Trump and former U.S. ambassador to Germany who was installed as the acting DNI only a few weeks ago. Grenell would have had to leave the post on March 11 unless Trump formally nominated someone else to oversee the U.S. intelligence community, the New York Times reports.

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