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Joe Biden at a campaign event in Pennsylvania earlier in May. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Joe Biden is officially kicking off his 2020 campaign with a message about how President Trump is dividing the country on race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation, according to his campaign.

Details: Biden will say we need a president for everyone — not just Trump's base. And he will ask voters to choose unity (Biden) over division (Trump). His rally will be in Eakin's Oval in downtown Philadelphia and the campaign said they expect 2,000 people. (Kamala Harris' campaign estimated 20,000 people attended her kickoff rally in Oakland, California.)

Why it matters: You'll hear other things, like restoring the soul of America and fighting for the working class. But Biden's focus on Trump fits the general election strategy he's been running all along — and it baits the president to continue attacking him.

  • Biden will say that despite the deep division in the country, there's nothing that Americans can't do, but only if we fix our broken political system.
  • The campaign views this Philly rally as the end to their 3-week campaign launch and the introduction to Biden's third pillar of his message: bringing the country together.
  • There will be watch parties hosted by Biden supporters in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico.

What to watch: Trump is holding a rally in Montoursville, Pennsylvania on Monday to support Fred Keller, a GOP congressional candidate who has a special election on May 21. Expect him to mention Biden at least once.

Go deeper: Biden plots an early kill.

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

Photo: Fars News Agency via AP

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 7 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.