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Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren might be 1 of more than a dozen Democrats running for president, but she's setting herself apart with sweeping policy ideas.

Driving the news: Warren unveiled the most significant tech policy idea of the election today, proposing to break up Amazon, Facebook and Google.

  • Warren would ban huge companies from acting as both operators and users of a platform. (Hardest hit: Amazon and Google.)
  • She would also empower regulators who want to break up already-finalized mergers.
  • On the list, per Axios' David McCabe: Amazon's purchases of Whole Foods and Zappos; Google's purchases of ad product DoubleClick, Waze and Nest; Facebook's acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram.

Between the lines: This wasn't Warren's first aggressive proposal of the nascent campaign.

  • She has also proposed an annual tax of 2% on wealth beyond $50 million, which then increases to 3% on assets higher than $1 billion.
  • In addition, Warren is the first and so far only Democratic candidate to unveil a universal child care plan

The big picture, from the N.Y. Times' Astead Herndon: "Warren’s passion for policy minutiae has become her way of standing out in an increasingly crowded Democratic field ... While other Democrats have focused on sweeping themes of unity or change ... Warren is making a personal and political wager that audiences care more about policy savvy than captivating oration."

The bottom line: In an ever-crowded primary field where candidates are relying on personalities to break through, Warren's constant flow of policy proposals is a way to show voters she's not just talking the talk.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Elizabeth Warren

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Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai detained on fraud charge

An activist holds a placard highlighting China's Tiananmen Square massacre as pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrives at West Kowloon Magistrates' Court in Hong Kong in November. Photo: Isaac Wong/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai is being detained until an April court hearing after the pro-democracy supporter was charged Thursday with fraud, per his Apple Daily news outlet.

Why it matters: The 72-year-old's arrest and denial of bail is another blow for the pro-democracy movement in the former British colony amid concerns about a fresh crackdown on activists.

5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Inhofe loudly sets Trump straight on defense bill

Sen. Jim Inhofe speaks with reporters in the Capitol last month. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Senator Jim Inhofe told President Trump today he'll likely fail to get two big wishes in pending defense spending legislation, bellowing into his cellphone: "This is the only chance to get our bill passed," a source who overheard part of their conversation tells Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans are ready to test whether Trump's threats of vetoing the bill, which has passed every year for more than half a century, are empty.

Conspiracy theories blow back on Trump's White House

Sidney Powell. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

President Trump has rarely met a conspiracy theory he doesn't like, but he and other Republicans now worry the wild tales told by lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood may cost them in Georgia's Senate special elections.

Why it matters: The two are telling Georgians not to vote for Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler because of a bizarre, baseless and potentially self-defeating theory: It's not worth voting because the Chinese Communist Party has rigged the voting machines.

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