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Private equity soon may get more unwanted attention in the Democratic presidential primary, based on an AP report that former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is seriously considering a last-minute entry.

The big picture: Patrick made his money as a corporate lawyer before running for public office, but has spent the past several years at Bain Capital, leading an impact investing effort.

  • There is unconfirmed speculation that Patrick was awakened in his suburban Boston home last night, by the sounds of champagne corks popping at Elizabeth Warren's campaign headquarters.

Between the lines: Patrick's Bain Capital experience is much different than Mitt Romney's, in terms of both type and tenure. But it might be a difficult distinction for Patrick to persuasively articulate, particularly given Warren's continuing efforts to paint the entire PE industry as engaged in "legalized looting."

  • The risk for private equity is that Patrick becomes Warren's flesh-and-blood foil.
  • On the other hand, it's also possible that Patrick complicates Warren's message, because of his particular fund's focus on positive social impact.
  • Either way, Patrick's run would produce a headache for Bain, both because it would need someone new to manage a relatively-young fund, and because the person who ran PR point during Romney's presidential run is no longer there.

The bottom line: We should know if this is real by Friday, as that's the deadline for candidates to file for New Hampshire's primary.

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Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.

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