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Mike Bloomberg wrote Monday in a CNN op-ed that Democrats are benefiting President Trump with their focus on Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote for president, arguing they do not represent the party's electorate.

Why it matters: Bloomberg wrote that, if elected, he would work with state party leaders to "re-order the primary calendar in ways that better reflect our diverse electorate and channel more resources into the states we actually need to win in November."

  • He said Iowa and New Hampshire were "among the most homogenous [states] in the nation," asking, "[W]hat about African American, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islanders, and other voters in places like Detroit, Montgomery, Phoenix, and Houston?"
  • "But since the changes are unpopular with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, the other candidates have mostly stayed mum."

Between the lines: Bloomberg has bucked the trend of focusing on early-voting states, instead investing in Super Tuesday states that will vote on March 3 and in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which vote in April, according to NBC News.

  • Bloomberg emphasized in his piece that Democrats should focus on battleground states the party lost to Trump in 2016.

The state of play: Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has said that it is premature to discuss the 2024 nominating calendar.

  • "After every cycle you evaluate, and that's for another time. We want as many people as possible to participate. And I think our reforms are enabling that," Perez said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Of note: Bloomberg praised Julián Castro, who recently dropped out of the presidential race, for advocating for a primary calendar that reflects the nation’s diversity.

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Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Winter view from Charlotte as winter storm Izzy creates dangerous conditions in Charlotte, N.C. on Jan. 16. Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A major winter storm was lashing much of the East Coast on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The big picture: Heavy snow and ice accumulations are "likely to produce hazardous travel," downed trees and more power outages from the Mid-South to the Northeast, per the National Weather Service. Some parts of the U.S. can expect to see up to a foot of snow through Monday.

Updated 2 hours ago - Science

Volcanic eruption in Tonga caused "significant" damage

This satellite image of the eruption on Jan. 15 taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). Photo: NICT via AP

Significant damage has been reported in Tonga following an undersea volcanic eruption on Saturday, which covered the Pacific nation in ash and cut off communication lines.

Driving the news: The eruption triggered tsunami warnings across Tonga's islands and in other regions, including the West Coast of the U.S. and New Zealand.

2 hours ago - World

North Korea launches 4th suspected missile test this month

A news broadcast in Seoul, South Korea, of an apparent North Korean missile test on Monday morning local time. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

North Korea's military fired "two suspected short-range ballistic missiles" eastward from Pyongyang on Monday morning local time, per South Korean and Japanese officials.

Why it matters: The fourth such launch since Jan. 5 comes days after North Korea's military warned of "stronger" action if the U.S. moved to have more sanctions imposed on the country.