A big key to that is improving with women, where Krueger says the GOP faces "not so much a gender gap as a gender chasm."
Republican leaders are belatedly paying more attention, and National Journal's Ally Mutnick reports that help may be on the way (subscription):
Be smart: Republicans are on track to field an all-white-male ticket against the most diverse Democratic field in history.
The quick rise of Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, and Pete Buttigieg in the 2020 race, shows remarkable progress by gay and lesbian politicians, with their sexual orientation getting less play than other historic qualities.
It was only in 1998 that Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin became the first openly gay person to gain a seat in the House of Representatives, AP reports:
Buttigieg's husband, Chasten, has amassed 182,000 Twitter followers with cheerful, wry commentary about their relationship and their dogs.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Economists expect the government to report yet another surge in new jobs and pay this morning — the 118th straight month of employment growth, and terrific news after decades of flat wages.
In a new report, the Aspen Institute nudges policymakers away from any notion that the American economy will naturally adjust as robots are introduced at an accelerated pace over the coming two and three decades.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is surrounded by cameras as he leaves federal court in New York yesterday.
Michael Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis — hoping to delay his client's prison term by offering more cooperation — says in a statement:
Mr. Cohen has recently obtained a hard drive with 14 million files from his computers and phones over the past 10 years, which we believe has significant value to the various congressional oversight and investigation committees.
Chinese construction in Latin America is stirring alarm in Washington over Beijing's ambitions in a region that American leaders since the 19th century have seen as off-limits to other powers, AP reports from Panama City.
China has launched a charm offensive, wooing Panamanian politicians, professionals and journalists.
Why it matters: The U.S., Japan, Russia and India fret that Beijing's Belt and Road building initiative is yielding economic and strategic influence at their expense.
To decrease potential rivals for spots at top colleges, some high school parents turn to sabotage, the WashPost's Caitlin Gibson writes:
Why it matters: "There were accounts of parents who had called admissions offices to spread gossip about another child’s bad behavior, parents who reported long-ago run-ins with law enforcement, parents who sent anonymous tips about potentially compromising posts on students’ Facebook or Twitter pages."
"[F]or the past four billion years or so the only way for life on Earth to produce a sequence of DNA — a gene — was by copying a sequence it already had to hand," The Economist writes in its cover editorial. "[G]ene begat gene."
That is no longer true. Now genes can be written from scratch and edited ... like text in a word processor. The ability to engineer living things ... represents a fundamental change in the way humans interact with the planet’s life. It permits the manufacture of all manner of things which used to be hard, even impossible, to make: pharmaceuticals, fuels, fabrics, foods and fragrances can all be built molecule by molecule. ... Immune cells can be told to follow doctors’ orders; ... fertilized eggs programmed to grow into creatures quite unlike their parents. ...
[L]ook back through history, and humanity’s relations with the living world have seen three great transformations: the exploitation of fossil fuels, the globalisation of the world’s ecosystems after the European conquest of the Americas, and the domestication of crops and animals at the dawn of agriculture.
Why it matters: "All brought prosperity and progress, but with damaging side-effects. Synthetic biology promises similar transformation."
Amazon said it plans to build a network of more than 3,000 satellites through “Project Kuiper” to provide high speed internet, Reuters reports.
"Amy Adams is set to star in Netflix's adaptation of 'Hillbilly Elegy,' which Ron Howard is on board to direct," per Variety.