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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
The most telling split among 2020 Democratic hopefuls won’t be over policy, but whether to match President Trump's scorched-earth tactics, top Democrats tell Jonathan Swan and me.
Here are the two camps:
Avenatti, and senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, are in the more aggressive camp:
The restorationists could include candidates like Michael Bloomberg, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Scott Pastrick — president of Prime Policy Group, former DNC treasurer under Bill Clinton, and longtime adviser to Democratic presidential candidates — said : “You’ve got this divide between people who want to govern and be more measured, ... and another side that’s hellbent on breaking china."
A strategist for one of the 2020 candidate told me this calibration will be tough: Primary voters hunger for "someone to descend to Trump's tactics." But general-election voters are more likely to prefer "a hopeful message about making government boring again."
Paul Manafort — who took notes (apparently on his phone) during the notorious Trump Tower meeting with Russians — agreed to tell all he knows to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of a deal to plead guilty and avoid a second trial.
Why he matters, per N.Y. Times: "Of all Mr. Trump’s campaign advisers, Mr. Manafort arguably had the deepest ties to Russian operatives and oligarchs."
The National Hurricane Center reported gusts over 105 mph on the Outer Banks.
Alexa Ayala Salgado and her brother Edgar, originally from Mexico, became U.S. citizens yesterday during a Constitution Week naturalization ceremony for about 50 young people at the L.A. Public Library.
Stacey Abrams of Georgia (Alex Wong/Getty)... Center: Ben Jealous of Maryland (Keith Lane for The Washington Post via Getty) ... Andrew Gillum of Florida (Joe Raedle/Getty)
"If elected, Stacey Abrams of Georgia, Ben Jealous of Maryland and Andrew Gillum of Florida would give America its largest number of black governors ever," AP's Jesse Holland writes:
"The political trio seem comfortable together and readily quote one another in interviews. They also tease one another."
Be smart: "None of them were heavy favorites in their primaries. ... Their historic primary wins — and the national attention it brought — will bring out Democratic voters who might not have voted in a midterm election otherwise."
"Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of the premier Silicon Valley investors at one of its premier venture capital firms, is leaving ... in an abrupt, high-profile splitting of the firm," per Recode's Teddy Schleifer.
Why she matters: "Meeker, 'the first Wall Street analyst to become a household name' during the dot-com boom, has been most famous in this era for her agenda-setting [annual] 'Internet Trends' slide decks."
"Elon Musk’s SpaceX, demonstrating [his] penchant for showmanship, announced that it had signed up the first private passenger seeking to fly around the moon," per The Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor (subscription):