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Beto O'Rourke in Iowa on the 2020 campaign trail. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beto O'Rourke's got something that is capturing everyone's attention — including his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, some of whom went out of their way to address him.

Driving the news: Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker all sent fundraising emails to their supporters specifically citing Beto's presidential bid. (The subject line of Harris' email was simply: Beto O'Rourke.) They haven't done this for other presidential candidates, except Harris' team which sent a similar note when Bernie Sanders announced.

Why it matters: It's too early to tell who's going to be the nominee, but Beto's early buzz is clearly something his Democratic opponents aren't taking lightly and can't afford to ignore.

  • Fundraising is particularly important for 2020 candidates because they can't qualify for the DNC debates unless they have donations from at least 65,000 people. As Booker wrote in his email: "The reality is every new person in the race makes the potential debate stage more crowded."
  • O'Rourke raised a record $80 million for his 2018 Senate campaign in Texas, and $20 million of that came from out of the state.

Other candidates welcomed Beto to the race with a simple tweet, like John Delaney.

  • Julián Castro's team emailed supporters on the morning of O'Rourke's announcement with the news that he'd received over 30 endorsements from appointed and elected officials in Texas.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar was asked about O'Rourke's campaign during a CNN interview, to which she said: "I think competition is good for our party."
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand seemed unfazed by O'Rourke's announcement — she met with Stacey Abrams yesterday.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Beto O'Rourke.

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Netanyahu is out as new Israeli government survives confidence vote

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Israel has a new prime minister for the first time since 2009 after a power-sharing government led by Naftali Bennett survived a confidence vote on Sunday. Bennett was sworn in as prime minister.

Why it matters: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister and the man around whom Israeli politics have revolved for a decade, will now become opposition leader. Bennett, a right-wing former Netanyahu protege, will lead the most ideologically diverse government in Israeli history.

Updated 43 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Afghanistan, cyber defense on the agenda for Biden in Brussels

Joe Biden arrives at Melsbroek Military Airport in Brussels on June 13. Photo: Yves Herman/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden touched down in Brussels on Sunday evening ahead of two days of talks with NATO and European Union leaders as part of his first foreign trip as president.

Driving the news: Biden was greeted on the tarmac by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and a slate of other officials, including Douglas Jones and Mark Libby, the U.S. Permanent Representatives to NATO and the EU respectively.

Maersk CEO: Global businesses should be wary of politics

Photo: "Axios on HBO"

The CEO of the world's largest container-shipping company cautions that international firms have to be careful of taking political stances.

  • What they're saying: "We cannot run a global business if we start to have views on politics in every single country that we are in," Maersk CEO Søren Skou tells "Axios on HBO."