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In the opening days of his 2020 campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden has gone all-in on the general election, positioning himself as the eventual Democratic nominee rather than scrapping with the 19 other wannabes.
Biden's "people" tell me they're more convinced than ever that the one dominant, ultimately unifying issue is who can best be counted on to beat President Trump.
The strategy is unfolding in real time:
The big picture: Several 2020 Democratic campaign aides conceded to Axios' Alayna Treene that they wouldn't be able to pull off the same strategy as Biden.
Be smart: Biden is applying a lens to the campaign that reflects national polls more than the left-leaning conversation on Democratic Twitter.
Robert Mueller wrote a letter in late March complaining to Attorney General William Barr that his widely publicized summary of the special counsel's report "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance," the WashPost's Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky report.
Why it matters: "Democrats in Congress are likely to scrutinize Mueller's complaints to Barr as they contemplate ... impeachment proceedings and mull how hard to press for Mueller himself to testify publicly."
Post-Mueller, Garrett M. Graff of WIRED reports that Trump’s world "still appears to face 16 known criminal and civil probes, from as many as a dozen different federal, state, and local prosecutors."
Why it matters: "At this rate, Trump’s investigations may outlast his presidency."
An anti-government protester walks near a bus that was set on fire by opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro during clashes between rebel and loyalist soldiers in Caracas yesterday.
As in past attempts to oust Maduro, the opposition seemed outmaneuvered.
Vice President Pence tweeted at the rebels: "Estamos con ustedes! We are with you!"
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The N.Y. Times, in an editorial sparked by an "appalling" cartoon that ran last week in the paper's international edition, warns of numbness to the creep of anti-Semitism — "to the insidious way this ancient, enduring prejudice is once again working itself into public view and common conversation."
So far, we just don't want robots in our homes, Axios emerging tech reporter Kaveh Waddell writes:
Driving the news ... As of last fall, robotics startup Anki seemed to be winning where other companies had fallen short: Making a go of a consumer robot that was more fun but less powerful than a smartphone, writes Axios' Ina Fried.
Why it matters: "AI without a body has caught on really well," Yan Fossat, head of the research lab at Toronto-based Klick Health, told the AP. "Physical robots ... are not really catching up."
Facebook rolled out a big redesign, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg tries to "address criticism of the social-media giant’s influence by nudging users toward ... more private communication tools," The Wall Street Journal's Jeff Horwitz writes (subscription).
Why it matters: "Zuckerberg said in an interview that the changes unveiled Tuesday mark the most significant alteration to Facebook’s core platform in five years and are part of a larger effort to offer less-public ways of communicating."
"Two people died and four students were hurt in a shooting in a building on the UNC Charlotte campus," the Charlotte Observer writes:
Two-thirds of young Arabs say religion plays too big a role in the Middle East, according to the 11th annual Arab Youth Survey, which included 3,300 18- to 24-year-olds in 15 states and territories in the Middle East and North Africa.
59% say the U.S. is an adversary while only 41% call it an ally, according to the survey, conducted by the research consultancy PSB.
Why it matters: 65% of the Arab population is under age 30.
Lego announced Braille Bricks, which will be molded with the same number of studs used for individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet:
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