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Congressional Democrats' war with President Trump is about to get personal, Jonathan Swan reports:
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, a senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, laid down the marker to Swan last night after the committee deliberated behind closed doors earlier in the day.
Between the lines: Of particular interest to the committee is an extraordinary series of cash purchases Trump made in the decade before his presidential campaign.
Swalwell told Swan: "Without knowing whether Mueller is investigating money laundering through the Trump Organization, we do have the ability to look at whether that has occurred or is ongoing, and we are going to fulfill that responsibility."
President Trump plans to amp up the anti-abortion rhetoric he used in his State of the Union address, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
Conservative leaders believe he’ll go further:
Trump spent much of his life as a Democrat who supported abortion rights. But conservatives who have privately discussed the matter with Trump say he now is an authentic abortion opponent.
Some social conservative leaders, including Nance, Reed, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council and Marjorie Dannenfelser of Susan B. Anthony List, told Axios that Trump changed a lot of minds during the final presidential debate in October 2016, when he accused Hillary Clinton of being "OK" with "ripping [sic] the baby out of the womb of the mother in the ninth month."
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
The most valuable companies in the world — Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon — mostly stayed in their own lanes as they grew into giants. Now they’re increasingly clashing as their growing ambitions bump into one another, Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried reports:
The bottom line: Tension is likely to outweigh cooperation, especially as each of the four companies seeks to convince regulators that the others are the ones in need of reining in.
At the State of the Union, First Lady Melania Trump sat next to Grace Eline, who beat cancer, and Joshua Trump, a sixth-grader from Delaware who "has been bullied in school due to his last name," per the White House.
Nine of the 10 warmest years since reliable data began in 1880 have occurred since 2005, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman reports, citing data released yesterday by NOAA, NASA and the U.K. Met Office.
🔥 Hot quote, from N.Y. Times: "We’re no longer talking about a situation where global warming is something in the future," said Gavin A. Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the NASA group that conducted the analysis.
"Democratic politics in 2019 is governed by three interwoven motifs: race, sex, and class," Peter Hamby writes for Vanity Fair's The Hive:
On the sidelines of White House ceremonies and at night at Arlington National Cemetery, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) interviewed members of the Army's Old Guard for a book, "Sacred Duty," that he has coming out May 14.
The senator told me he got the idea for the book because when he's campaigning in Arkansas, or when constituents visit him in D.C., the most common military question he gets isn't about iconic Army institutions like Ranger School or Airborne School.
So Cotton, working at night when his two sons were in bed, has told the story of the Old Guard through the eyes of soldiers like the ones he led.
In addition to the dignified transfer of remains at Dover Air Force Base, the heart of Cotton's work at the Old Guard was leading funerals at Arlington — getting his soldiers out before sunrise, often in the heat or cold.
Firehouse Strategies, a Republican firm, and Optimus asked 1,633 likely Democratic primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina if they would consider supporting former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for president in 2020.
Nationally, Optimus found Schultz drawing 7.7% of voters overall, pulling twice as much support from Ds (11.6% ) as Rs (5.6%), per Bloomberg's Josh Green.
Fortnite: Battle Royale excels at "rapid, data-based iteration," creating an expansiveness that threatens a wide variety of games:
"Fortnite’s most significant achievement may be the role it has come to play in the lives of millions":
Fortnite is a platform, so "the opportunity in front of Epic is Olympic in size":