❤️ Happy Valentine's Day!
☕ 8 a.m. today in D.C. ... Join me for breakfast and conversation at our 2019 Congress preview News Shapers. I'll talk live onstage with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), chair of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee ... House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (La.) ... House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.).
Sen. Kamala Harris of California is leading the field of Democratic presidential candidates in capturing social-media attention during the opening wave of the 2020 campaign, Axios' Neal Rothschild and Sara Fischer report.
The numbers from the past three months (Nov. 12 to Feb. 12) say it all:
On Google, Harris was searched twice as often as Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who were next closest, according to Google Trends.
Instagram interactions, according to CrowdTangle:
Twitter interactions, according to CrowdTangle (combining Senate and personal accounts):
The exception is Facebook, where Sanders gets much of his clout, according to CrowdTangle (combining Senate and personal accounts):
In the past three months, articles about Harris have generated 16.5 million interactions on Facebook and from shares on influential Twitter accounts, according to social media analytics company NewsWhip.
Harris' follower growth across those platforms during the past three months has been striking:
Be smart: In President Trump's 2016 campaign, he showed unmatched ability to generate online attention. For this campaign, he has a potential rival.
Democrats' first two 2020 debates will be in June and July of 2019, DNC Chair Tom Perez told AP:
Outlining a blueprint for the vast Russia probe planned by the new House majority, a Democratic member of Congress suggested at a roundtable with reporters this week that lawmakers may seek testimony from Ivanka Trump.
In describing an investigative machine that will run parallel to Mueller, the member of Congress said that "the issue of potential Gulf money is the second-largest area of concern after Russia."
P.S. ... Manafort could face life in prison: "A federal judge ruled ... that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, had breached his plea agreement by lying multiple times to prosecutors." (N.Y. Times)
A couple kisses in front of « The wall of I love you » (Le mur des je t’aime) in Paris, where words of love are combined in all languages.
The global esports market is expected to surpass $1 billion this year — a 27% increase from last year — thanks to the explosive growth of brand sponsorships and media rights, according to the latest forecast from esports data company Newzoo.
Brands still make up the majority of revenue that flows into esports, but the fastest-growing esports revenue stream is by far media rights.
"Some students have difficulty trusting classmates outside their circle. Parents say interactions with school staff are more impersonal. Teachers worry that added security detracts from learning," AP's Adriana Gomez Licon reports:
"In Miami, parents say some schools — even preschools — have lost a sense of community since Parkland."
Okeechobee, a central Florida farming town, "is one of at least 24 Florida districts that have started training and arming non-instructional personnel.
A top Republican official says President Trump's rally in El Paso this week drew the most Democrats of any of the president's campaign events since his election.
People registering for the rally submitted a phone number when they requested tickets, and that information was used to match the person with party voting data. (It’s unclear how many of those who registered online attended in the venue or in the overflow outside.)
Parscale said: "Our data shows that President Trump is building a coalition that extends far beyond the traditional Republican base."
Why it matters: "It makes good political sense for Google to highlight its expansions outside coastal cities. ... U.S. legislators have paid increasing attention to Google and other big tech companies in the past year."
⚡ P.S. ... Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ivanka Trump announced the new American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, including CEOs of Apple, Home Depot, IBM, Lockheed Martin, NAM, SAP America, Siemens USA, Visa and Walmart, plus education, nonprofit and labor officials. (WSJ)
"Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today," Clive Thompson writes in the N.Y. Times Magazine (adapted from "Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World," out March 26):
When digital computers finally became a practical reality in the 1940s, women were ... pioneers in writing software for the machines. At the time, men in the computing industry regarded writing code as a secondary, less interesting task. The real glory lay in making the hardware. ...
If we want to pinpoint a moment when women began to be forced out of programming, we can look at one year: 1984. A decade earlier, a study revealed that the numbers of men and women who expressed an interest in coding as a career were equal. ... From 1984 onward, the percentage dropped; by the time 2010 rolled around, ... 17.6 percent of the students graduating from computer-science and information-science programs were women.
One reason ... has to do with a change in how and when kids learned to program. ... Once the first generation of personal computers, like the Commodore 64 or the TRS-80, found their way into homes, teenagers were able to play around with them [before entering college] ...
By the mid-'80s, some college freshmen ... were remarkably well prepared. ... [T]hese students were mostly men, as two academics discovered when they looked into the reasons women’s enrollment was so low.
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