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The 2020 Democratic field has more mayors and former mayors than any other presidential primary in recent memory, reflecting a hope that voters will want local leaders' practical, on-the-ground experience after four years of President Trump, writes Axios' Kim Hart.
Why it matters: While public trust in Washington and Congress has hit record lows, city and local elected leaders enjoy more public trust and tend to be viewed as less partisan and ideological than those in national office.
Life expectancy for Americans ages 25 to 64 has fallen for the third year in a row, with potentially dire consequences for the future of the workforce, Axios' Marisa Fernandez writes.
Why it matters, from USA Today: "In a trend that cuts across racial and ethnic boundaries, the U.S. has the worst midlife mortality rate among 17 high-income countries despite leading the world in per-capita spending on health care."
President Trump throws a hat as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla., yesterday. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP
1) "Trump Knew of Whistle-Blower Complaint When He Released Aid to Ukraine," the N.Y. Times reports.
2) "Two officials at the White House Office of Management and Budget recently resigned in part over concerns about the holdup on Ukraine aid," according to the closed-door impeachment testimony of OMB official Mark Sandy, per the WashPost.
"An average of 28% of Americans said they weighed 200 pounds or more from 2010-2019, up from 24% during the prior decade," Gallup's RJ Reinhart writes.
And yet ... Even as Americans' weight has been increasing, about the same number describe themselves as being "very" or "somewhat" overweight.
Some of tech's biggest companies, including WeWork and Uber, "have collectively lost about $100 billion in value this year," writes the Wall Street Journal's Heather Somerville (subscription).
"We are in the dot-com bubble 2.0, except it’s not happening in the public markets but in the private markets," Vitaliy Katsenelson, the CEO of Investment Management Associates, told the Journal.
A roof in San Juan, Puerto Rico, still shows damage from Hurricane Maria two years ago. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images
FEMA data and records demonstrate "the degree to which the recovery from Hurricanes Maria and Irma on America’s Caribbean islands has been stalled ... leaving the islands’ critical infrastructure in squalor and limbo," report the N.Y. Times' Mark Walker and Zolan Kanno-Youngs.
Why it matters: "That disparity underscored how a federal government in Washington has treated citizens on the mainland, with voting representatives in Congress and a say in presidential contests, compared with citizens on the islands."
Devin Nunes questions Fiona Hill during last week's impeachment hearing. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images
The Democratic House candidate challenging Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told Axios' Alexi McCammond he's raised over $310,000 since the public impeachment hearings began on Nov. 13.
Between the lines: Phil Arballo announced his congressional campaign in early June, and by the end of Q3 he'd raised over $380,000. He's nearly matched that in just two weeks.
Adam Sandler, "Hollywood's most reliable comic," sat down for his first magazine interview since 1996 with the N.Y. Times Magazine's Jamie Lauren Keiles:
The Sandler clique is so incestuous that it’s sometimes the subject of fevered speculation suggesting that Happy Madison is a grift to keep Sandler’s mediocre friends in the money. When I put this to Sandler, he was adamant that his work is never lazy. He works with his friends because it’s fun — and who could blame him?
Still, what is a conspiracy if not a group tightly aligned in common cause? Sandler has amassed a huge amount of power, and he gets to control who reaps the benefits.
Ohio State jumped LSU to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings with two weeks left to go before selection Sunday. (AP)
Impeachment playlists have become a thing among both Democratic and Republican House staffers — "a soundtrack to a very chaotic time," as one aide put it. A source provided these two sneak peeks at staffers' Spotify secrets:
Democratic list, "Impeachment Season":
Republican list, "High Crimes":
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