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In just three weeks, Mike Bloomberg has captured a level of media attention that's eluded most 2020 Democrats with months on the trail and in debates.
⚡ What's new: Stories about Bloomberg's announcement have generated more social media interactions than Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, Julián Castro or Tom Steyer have ever gotten, according to NewsWhip data provided exclusively to Axios' Neal Rothschild of our "2020 attention tracker."
Bloomberg's mentions this month on cable news (4,486) have more than doubled Yang's throughout his entire campaign (2,167). Yet Yang is polling ahead of Bloomberg.
Between the lines: Bloomberg is packaging this earned media with an unprecedented, self-funded, multimillion-dollar TV ad blitz, giving him unparalleled ability to reach voters.
By the numbers: The biggest wave of attention for Bloomberg came on the week of the N.Y. Times report that he was preparing to jump in.
In this amazing frame from video, members of the London public surround a knifeman before police arrived on London Bridge.
The 28-year-old man — Usman Khan, who had been imprisoned for terrorism offenses before his release last year — "was attending a program that works to educate prisoners," AP reports.
Two people were killed and three wounded.
The big picture: "The attack raises difficult questions for Britain's government and security services. Police said Khan was convicted in 2012 of terrorism offenses and released in December 2018 'on license,' which means he had to meet certain conditions or face recall to prison."
A reconstruction by AP's Nancy Benac of Thurs., July 25, shows that even before daybreak, anxiety was coursing through the White House about a coming phone call with the new president of Ukraine.
Here's the timeline that has emerged from weeks of House investigations:
This is an ad on a tram in Prague, Czech Republic.
🛒 The big picture ... Frenzy abates: "Thanks to online shopping and deep discounting that started weeks ago, the day after America’s Thanksgiving should probably be rebranded Blasé Friday," Bloomberg reports.
From the cover story of tomorrow's N.Y. Times Sunday Business section, "Jeffrey Epstein, Blackmail and a Lucrative 'Hot List'":
A colorful potential source (who turned out to be an apparent con man whose identity couldn't be learned) had told The Times that he had a vast archive of hidden-camera footage from bedrooms of Epstein’s properties, capturing "some of the world’s richest, most powerful men in compromising sexual situations":
Specialists at The Times set up a number of "air-gapped" laptops — disconnected from the internet — in a windowless, padlocked meeting room. Reporters cleared their schedules to sift through thousands of hours of surveillance footage.
On the morning of the scheduled delivery, [the source] sent a series of frantic texts. Disaster had struck. A fire was burning. The duplicate servers were destroyed. One of his team members was missing. He was fleeing to Kyiv.
Read the article (subscription).
SaRodorick Thompson of the Texas Tech Red Raiders is lofted by teammates after a Rivalry Weekend touchdown against the Texas Longhorns in Austin.
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