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Sources close to Mike Bloomberg tell Axios that last week's announcement was partly a trial balloon to gauge interest and preserve the former mayor's options — but his own very extensive polling remains far from convincing.
Why it matters: That's why Bloomberg didn't run in the first place, and still might not.
Morning Consult finds that Bloomberg is the first choice of just 4% of Democratic primary voters — putting him in sixth place, between Sen. Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang.
The bottom line ... Nate Silver's take on the poll: "Biden still with a clear lead; no particular evidence Biden impacted more than others ... Not exactly the 'seismic disruption' that some predicted."
Rising levels of political disinformation and government surveillance are making the internet less free in the U.S., Axios World editor Dave Lawler writes from a new report by Freedom House, a democracy and human rights research group.
The authors cite monitoring of social media platforms by immigration and law enforcement agencies as a particular concern in the U.S., along with political disinformation that has been "at times exacerbated by top government officials and political leaders."
Countries in decline: Sudan, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe.
The bottom line: "What was once a liberating technology has become a conduit for surveillance and electoral manipulation," the authors write about social media.
This is the clearest rundown I have seen about the way shifting voting patterns are clobbering the Republican Party on what once was home turf ...
"A new kind of suburbanization is sweeping through politics, from Richmond to Atlanta, Houston, Denver and elsewhere, and Democrats are starting to breach Republicans’ firewalls in elections," the N.Y. Times' Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff write:
Amazing graphic ... Virginia as a microcosm: The Times points out that after the 2000 election, Virginia had voted Republican for president, both Senate seats, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state Senate and State House.
This is the huge takeaway: "Around the advent of the modern immigration system, in 1965, foreign-born people made up only about five percent of the American population. Now they are nearly 14 percent, almost as high as the last peak in the early 20th century."
President Trump and the First Lady got a much friendlier reception yesterday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, than they did at the World Series in D.C.
My brother-in-law Nels Ericson captured this shot of Alabama's Walk of Champions, where fans welcome the team into the stadium — with the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house as the backdrop.
That's roughly what former national security adviser John Bolton got for a book deal with Simon & Schuster, negotiated by the Javelin literary agency, per AP.
Trump's campaign has launched a "Stop the Madness" campaign to marshal its army of devoted followers to defend President Trump against impeachment, AP's Michelle Price and Zeke Miller report:
Why it matters: The campaign is training volunteers how to stoke frustration.
The RNC says more than 75,000 new people have signed up to volunteer through its anti-impeachment website.
30 years ago today ... Fri., Nov. 10, 1989:
3 years ago today ... Thu., Nov. 10, 2016:
"Sesame Street," which premiered 50 years ago today, has played a huge role in teaching generations of kids not only how to read and count, but also about the world around them, Axios' Ina Fried reports.
Celebrity guests over the years — everyone from Ray Charles to Christopher Reeve — added more diversity to the Sesame regulars, all in service of helping young kids make sense of a complicated world.
What's next: In Season 50, Sesame is going to focus on life lessons, such as persistence and resilience.
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