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Michael Bloomberg might still run for president in 2020, especially if former Vice President Joe Biden winds up not getting in, according to people who have discussed the matter with the former New York mayor.
Why it matters: Bloomberg would be a voice of more moderate practicality in a field where the early campaigning has been dominated by leftish idealism.
The people who have talked to Bloomberg caution that if he were to revisit the decision, he might well wind up in the same place.
Be smart: Bloomberg's second thoughts speak volumes about how Democrats view the allegations' damage to Biden, who has spent days dealing with wall-to-wall coverage of whether his touchy-feely, gregarious style is fine or a bit creepy.
Joe Biden advisers believe coverage of allegations of inappropriate behavior is being stoked by rival Democrats — a dynamic that could actually fire up the vice president at a time when others see success as increasingly improbable.
I got this text last night from a source close to Biden:
A second woman went on the record yesterday to say that a past display of affection by Biden had made her feel uncomfortable.
An array of social metrics show escalating interest in "Mayor Pete," Axios' Neal Rothschild and Sara Fischer report:
Buttigieg broke through with his intriguing background — a gay, Episcopalian, Navy veteran, Rhodes scholar millennial who speaks eight languages.
Coverage of him that has generated the most online interest includes:
Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Pete Buttigieg.
Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year, per the National Committee on Pay Equity.
"The children of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received million-dollar houses in the kingdom and monthly five-figure payments as compensation for the killing" six months ago today, the WashPost's Greg Miller scoops.
Congress must continue to do everything in its power to hold Khashoggi’s killers responsible. Administration officials should look at shocking evidence that reinforces the conclusions of our intelligence agencies. ... Another six months cannot pass without accountability for this abhorrent crime.
Manufacturing activity in the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies, "perked up in March, an antidote to financial-market fears of a coming global recession," The Wall Street Journal reports in its lead story (subscription).
Why it matters: The improving factory-sector gauges "reversed a so-called inverted yield curve that had developed in late March in which short-term rates are higher than long rates, a precursor to economic downturns in the past."
Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, writes in "Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward" (out today from Viking) that she confronted him about a "general macho atmosphere" in his West Wing that "was causing women to feel uncomfortable":
"Since the night Donald Trump became president," Jarrett writes, "I've been going through the five stages of grief, sometimes all five in the same day."
President Trump is considering a "border czar" or "immigration czar" to coordinate immigration policy across various federal agencies, AP reports.
John Kasich — CNN commentator, possible Trump challenger, and former Ohio governor — has a book coming in October from Hanover Square Press, "It's Up to Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change."
Movie theater owners, studios and stars are gathering at Caesar's Palace in Vegas for the trade show CinemaCon, AP's Lindsey Bahr writes:
Marcel also expects there to be a lot of focus on the "subscription economy."