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At a half-dozen events 2020 candidates held in Iowa over the weekend, attendees barely mentioned President Trump — and not a single person asked about Robert Mueller’s investigation or Russia, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
Why it matters: Voters are giving the Democrats space to build specific brands based on their own visions and proposals.
In a bright-blue, rented Hyundai Tucson, Axios traveled 264 miles and covered six events over three days.
On health care, some of the questions were more revealing than the candidates' answers, because they gave a glimpse into what's really plaguing Americans.
A third candidate, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, relies on a lot of data and numbers, but pushed a message of uniting the country.
Between the lines: All the candidates addressed Iowans’ eagerness to move past the political chaos they feel we’re in. Harris said, to a standing ovation:
During congressional testimony this week, Michael Cohen will say he witnessed "lies, racism and cheating" during his decade of working behind the scenes with President Trump, The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
Besides the usual hand-holding and deal-making of international diplomacy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo does a lot of explaining to skittish allies, Mattathias Schwartz writes in a nine-page profile for the N.Y. Times Magazine:
It has often fallen to Pompeo to take Trump's shifting foreign-policy instincts and weave them together into something legible, defensible and sometimes even coherent, all without angering a president who is reputed to interpret disagreement as a form of disloyalty. Trump's tweets, abrupt changes of mind and penchant for creating staff turmoil combine to make this a Sisyphean endeavor.
And yet Pompeo has tenaciously kept on rolling this particular boulder. You can look at most every place where Trump has made a lasting impact on United States foreign policy and find Pompeo not far away: withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal; imposing sanctions against the governments of Iran and Venezuela; offering kind words for autocrats in Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Pompeo is the primary architect of Trump’s continuing negotiations over the nuclear arsenal controlled by North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
In the process, he seems to have retained Trump's loyalty, even as critics of the administration ... credit him with having reined in the president's instinctive isolationism.
Chicago voters today pick from largest field of mayoral candidates in the Windy City's 181-year history — a record 14 contenders, per the Chicago Tribune.
"SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's unclear whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is going to give up his nukes anytime soon, and the same could probably be said for his cigarettes."
The art of hooking users — once celebrated across Silicon Valley — is now viewed by some with skepticism.
Our thought bubble: Fake news and the chaos of social media are beginning to wear on users' trust, which could make it harder for social networks to continue scaling.
Lawmakers who'll write national privacy law will tip their hands beginning today, Axios' David McCabe writes.
What to watch at a House Energy and Commerce hearing today and a Senate Commerce Committee hearing tomorrow:
"Several Democratic presidential candidates are embracing reparations for the descendants of slaves — but not in the traditional sense," AP's Errin Haines Whack writes:
The proposals: "Harris has proposed monthly payments to qualified citizens of any race in the form of a tax credit. Warren has called for universal child care that would guarantee the benefit from birth until a child enters school."
Republicans should stop denying humans’ impact on climate change and start putting forth policies to address it, former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich tells Axios' Amy Harder ahead of a speech tonight in British Columbia, Canada.
Flashback: Kasich said during the 2016 GOP primary that the overall human impact on climate change is unclear.