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In the homestretch before Monday's Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders overtook Joe Biden as the Democratic candidate getting the most attention online, Neal Rothschild writes using NewsWhip data provided exclusively to Axios.
Between the lines: Most positive online Biden sentiment has been around stories that point to his ability to beat President Trump.
By the numbers: Stories about Sanders have generated more interactions on social media (likes, comments, shares) than stories about Biden over each of the past three weeks, totaling 20.1 million interactions to Biden's 14.2 million.
Online interest hasn't pushed Sanders past Biden in TV coverage. On cable news this month, Biden has been mentioned 9,300 times to Sanders' 7,400, according to the Internet Archive Television News Archive.
Go deeper: Past installments of the 2020 Attention Tracker.
President Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, sandwiched between Democrats' Iowa caucuses on Monday night and a final vote at the impeachment trial on Wednesday.
💣 Another Bolton bomb: The N.Y. Times reported that former national security adviser John Bolton says in his forthcoming book that Trump asked him in May to be sure the incoming Ukrainian president met with Rudy Giuliani.
🥊 Romney shunned: Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, disinvited Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) from this year's CPAC after he voted against witnesses.
The vote against witnesses:
How it's playing:
With the U.S. declaring a public health emergency, President Trump signed an order barring entry to most foreign nationals who have visited China within the last 14 days, the coronavirus's longest incubation period, AP reports.
Most cases so far have been people who visited China or their family members, but fears are rising of human-to-human transmission in other countries that may not be prepared.
Delta and American Airlines yesterday suspended all flights between the U.S. and China.
This image, from video by Jenna Fabian, shows an L.A. Fire Department firefighter on a ladder rescuing a man who had climbed out on the side of a 25-story high-rise apartment, escaping flames from a burning balcony.
The Lakers honored Kobe and Gigi Bryant by marking their courtside seats with their jerseys.
And outside Staples Center ...
Michael Beckerman, founding president of the Internet Association, is stepping down to run TikTok's D.C. policy shop, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill scooped.
Beckerman will join TikTok as vice president of U.S. public policy in March.
An image of the clock face of Big Ben was projected on 10 Downing Street, residence of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as Britain officially left the European Union at 11 p.m. London time.
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