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Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a 12-point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders among daily Twitter users, a social network that is seen as skewing in Sanders' favor, according to a Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.

Why it matters: Some pundits have declared that Biden, 76, would have a tough time appealing to millennials and other younger voters given his relatively moderate policy stances. But Biden even holds a one-point lead — well within the poll's margin of error — among daily Snapchat users, one of the youngest possible demographics.

The big picture: While Biden has a commanding lead among both Fox News and MSNBC viewers in the new poll — at 42% and 44%, respectively —  about 22% of Fox News viewers who are likely to vote in the 2020 Democratic primary say they'll support Sanders, higher than the 13% of MSNBC viewers who plan to back the Vermont senator.

  • Democratic primary voters who watch Fox News don't make up a significant portion of the electorate by any means, but his brand of anti-establishment rhetoric likely appeals to those who choose to watch the conservative-leaning network over MSNBC, which is viewed as leaning left.
  • Sanders has previously criticized U.S. trade deals like NAFTA and TPP while on the campaign trail, which would appeal to those Democrats who choose Fox News.
  • He was the first Democratic candidate to participate in a town hall on Fox News during the 2020 cycle. 2.5 million viewers tuned in, doubling the viewership of his CNN town hall appearance.

Go deeper: Sanders' Medicare for All plan wins cheers from Fox News crowd

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

Updated 6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.

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