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Democrats are about to hit the wildest turn we have seen in a presidential campaign: Dozens of people are thinking of running — and running early — in the rage-and-rapid-reaction era of Donald J. Trump. Oh, and they may be doing this while trying to impeach the guy they're running against.
Just this week:
Plus, Julián Castro of Texas told Rolling Stone he's "likely" to run.
Among those who are interviewing for campaign staff, according to Democratic sources: Bloomberg, Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (who has talked to former GOP operative Steve Schmidt).
The Democratic official close to the process sees "a dozen different routes to the nomination." Here's a peek at the closed-door conversations going on among hopefuls and potential campaign mangers:
Be smart ... David Axelrod, mastermind of Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, told me: "One of the revelations from this past election cycle was that the candidates who won, by and large, came not through command-and-control decisions from Washington but competitive primaries across the country."
A number scaring the hell out of the Trumps: 119.
Jonathan Swan's smart brevity on last night's 13-page sentencing memo for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, in which Robert Mueller recommends no jail time because Flynn was so helpful:
"14 questions Bob Mueller knows the answer to," by Garrett M. Graff for WIRED:
"The death of George H.W. Bush is bringing together the five remaining members of an oh-so-exclusive fraternity — the presidents club," AP's Catherine Lucey writes.
What and who to watch, per AP:
"Also attending: Britain’s Prince Charles, the king and queen of Jordan, Polish President Andrzej Duda and other dignitaries from around the world. Look, too, for some of the graybeards from the late president’s administration."
New data from Twitter shows the top 10 U.S. politicians who were most tweeted about in the few weeks after the midterms were Democrats, replacing a list that was once dominated by GOP lawmakers the majority of 2018, Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports.
A task force created by President Trump said the U.S. Postal Service should consider increases to the cost of shipping some packages, a move that could hurt Amazon along with other e-commerce companies, Axios' David McCabe and Erica Pandey write.
The big picture: The Postal Service report comes as Amazon's continued dominance ignites pushback on multiple fronts.
"Global markets demand consistency and reliability, but Trump delivers neither," the WashPost's Damian Paletta and Phil Rucker report.
"The campaign committee for House Republicans discovered in April that the email accounts of several of its senior officials had been hacked by what analysts later concluded was a 'foreign entity,'" per the N.Y. Times' David E. Sanger and Emily Cochrane.
"Facing multiple sexual misconduct allegations and fearing his career as an entertainment titan was over, Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, destroyed evidence and misled investigators in an attempt to preserve his reputation and save a lucrative severance deal, according to a draft of a report prepared for the company’s board," report the N.Y. Times' Rachel Abrams and Edmund Lee.
The takeaways from the Moonves report, according to the Times, which reviewed a copy:
For decades the primary source of revenue for media companies was advertising. But competition from technology companies and more privacy scrutiny are pushing most media companies to explore alternative forms of revenue, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Most companies are looking for creative ways monetize their owned and operated channels and content, but the transition away from advertising and Facebook traffic has been difficult.
Be smart: Most companies are in the experimental phase, and haven't yet figured out what their long-term strategy for growth will be — if there is one.
"To protect the environment, many couples are saying 'I do' to Zero-Waste weddings, focusing on sustainability for everything from floral design and dresses to invitations and food," writes the AP's Katherine Roth.
Some tips for hosting your own: