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There are two big reasons President Trump's campaign chose Orlando, Fla., for last night's official re-election launch, a source tells Axios: the optics of a huge spillover crowd and, more importantly, a boon for the campaign's digital operation.

The big picture: The Trump campaign has been vacuuming up an extraordinary amount of voter data at its rallies.

  • When you register for a ticket, you hand over basic info. Then when you show up and get your ticket scanned, you tell the campaign more about your intensity and propensity to show up and vote.
  • The source said the campaign is trying to vacuum up as much Florida voter information as early as possible, so that key state can be squared away. These rallies have huge value for Trump's ongoing fundraising — and ultimately for the campaign's get out the vote operation.

Go deeper ... In photos: Trump launches his 2020 re-election campaign in Florida

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3 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes. A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."

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