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Mike Bloomberg will attend Stacey Abrams' voting rights summit in Georgia on Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported and Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: Abrams' 2018 gubernatorial run and subsequent fight against voter suppression has made her a Democratic darling who’s now one of the most sought after surrogates for the party's 2020 contenders.

  • While it's not an endorsement, the mere optics of standing next to Abrams are a big get for any Democratic presidential candidate. 
  • She’s been speculated to be a top pick for vice president — and her ability to connect with communities of color is unmatched.

Flashback: In 2018, Bloomberg donated $500,000 to Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign. In December, he gave $5 million to Abrams' Fair Fight organization, her initiative to fight against voter suppression.

  • Bloomberg, who was just blasted by filmmaker Ava Duvernay for his position on the Central Park Five, needs to improve his standing with the black community.

The big picture: This is Bloomberg's second visit to Georgia since launching his presidential bid. His focus on the state reflects his strategy to look past the early voting states in favor of Super Tuesday and subsequent primaries (Georgia votes on March 24).

Go deeper: Bloomberg, Trump each secure $10 million Super Bowl ad slots

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Salesforce rolls the dice on Slack

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Salesforce's likely acquisition of workplace messaging service Slack — not yet a done deal but widely anticipated to be announced Tuesday afternoon — represents a big gamble for everyone involved.

For Slack, challenged by competition from Microsoft, the bet is that a deeper-pocketed owner like Salesforce, with wide experience selling into large companies, will help the bottom line.

FBI stats show border cities are among the safest

Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation; Note: This table includes the eight largest communities on the U.S.-Mexico border and eight other U.S. cities similar in population size and demographics; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

U.S. communities along the Mexico border are among the safest in America, with some border cities holding crime rates well below the national average, FBI statistics show.

Why it matters: The latest crime data collected by the FBI from 2019 contradicts the narrative by President Trump and others that the U.S.-Mexico border is a "lawless" region suffering from violence and mayhem.

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
2 hours ago - Science

The rise of military space powers

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nations around the world are shoring up their defensive and offensive capabilities in space — for today's wars and tomorrow's.

Why it matters: Using space as a warfighting domain opens up new avenues for technologically advanced nations to dominate their enemies. But it can also make those countries more vulnerable to attack in novel ways.