DNC to tell Iowa and Nevada to dump virtual caucus plan for 2020

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The Democratic National Committee is set to recommend that Iowa and Nevada not move forward with their plans to offer "virtual" telephone-based caucus participation in 2020 due to concerns about hacking, reports the Des Moines Register.

Why it matters: The virtual caucuses were envisioned as a way to expand voter access as part of a national mandate set by the DNC, but the organization remains wary after its email hacking incident during the 2016 election. The AP says that it still remains unclear if both states could overhaul their proposals or offer an alternative form of virtual caucus participation.

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Warren surges to top spot in Iowa poll

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has overtaken 2020 rival Joe Biden in Iowa to snatch the lead in a Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll of preferred Democratic presidential candidates published Saturday night.

Why it matters: Per the Des Moines Register, this is the first time Warren has led in the state's poll. It's the latest in a series of surges in the polls for the Massachusetts senator. She's also been drawing big crowds in recent weeks.

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Facebook charts a path toward a more social virtual reality

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Facebook has long talked about the social possibilities of virtual reality, even as the core market remains gamers looking to enjoy their own solitary fantasy world.

State of play: On Wednesday, the company offered more details on its long-term plan to transform VR into a social experience.

Trump's GOP challengers squeezed out of primaries in Kansas, South Carolina

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Kansas and South Carolina's Republican parties shuttered their 2020 presidential primaries on Friday and Saturday, respectively, the AP reports.

The big picture, via Axios' White House editor Margaret Talev: Early on, President Trump's campaign team studied the patterns of past presidents who lost re-election and sought to avoid their mistakes. Trump is using the tools he has now to minimize primary challenges so that he can save his money and energy to focus on the general election.