Aug 4, 2019

Pompeo to give speech at Kansas State amid speculation of Senate run

Mike Pompeo. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images

Add this nugget to your Mike Pompeo tea-leaf reader: The secretary of state, who Mitch McConnell hopes will resign to run for the open Kansas Senate seat in 2020, plans to return to Kansas in early September to give a speech at Kansas State University, according to two sources familiar with the secretary's schedule.

Between the lines: Pompeo's recent activity suggests a 2020 Senate run is far from "ruled out," as the secretary declared it was in February. (In July, Pompeo updated his position, telling a Kansas City radio station that he will "always leave open the possibility that something will change.")

Go deeper: The Wall Street Journal's Lindsay Wise has a well-reported piece on the fevered speculation about Pompeo's political future.

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Israel asked U.S. to warn Lebanon over Hezbollah retaliation threats

Pompeo with Hariri (L). Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday to pass a strong warning to the Lebanese government that Israel will hold it responsible if Hezbollah attacks Israel, Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's secretary-general, threatened to attack Israel in retaliation for a drone attack over the weekend on the organization's headquarters in Beirut. Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah are now at their highest point since the 2006 war.

Go deeperArrowAug 26, 2019

John Hickenlooper announces Senate run in Colorado

Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post/Getty Images

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on Thursday that he will run for Senate in his home state — one week after becoming the first big name to drop out of the massive 2020 Democratic presidential field.

Why it matters: Many on the left, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have been pushing Hickenlooper to run against incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner — even before the former governor launched his long-shot presidential run. Gardner is considered one of the most vulnerable Republican senators in the country as Democrats look to make inroads in the Senate in 2020, per AP.

Go deeper: John Hickenlooper drops out of 2020 race

Keep ReadingArrowAug 22, 2019

Kansas City Royals owner negotiating sale for $1B

Kansas City Royals owner David Glass is negotiating a deal to sell the team to local businessman John Sherman for more than $1 billion, ESPN's Jeff Passan reports.

By the numbers: "The valuations of baseball franchises have skyrocketed in recent years, though the price of the Royals is expected to fall short of the most recent sale, when Bruce Sherman bought the Miami Marlins for $1.2 billion," writes Passan.

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