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For the first time in a presidential election, 2020 could see multiple women running for the White House — and that could finally break the cycle of gender-based criticism that plagued Hillary Clinton in 2016, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes:
Safety in numbers: "With more women in the race," said Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's former communications director and White House communications director under Barack Obama, "you’re less likely to become a caricature of ambition and more likely to have your qualities come to the fore."
Between the lines: The change isn't complete. The same day that Warren announced she's exploring a run for president, a debate emerged over whether she's vulnerable to the same criticisms Clinton faced — that she's cold and unlikable.
The challenge: Because people aren't as used to seeing women in executive positions, especially as president, female candidates have had to remain likable and friendly, while demonstrating the competence to be commander-in-chief.
Clinton campaign operatives considered Warren one of their most effective surrogates in '16 because of her ability to get under Trump's skin. Now they say she should take a page out of his playbook when dealing with the attacks.
Divided government returned to America with a day of celebration for Democrats that swept Capitol Hill with new diversity and determination.
Pelosi told reporters at a news conference last night: "We're not doing a wall. Does anyone have any doubt that we're not doing a wall?"
Above, Pelosi and a fellow Californian, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the new leader of the House Republicans.
Below, Pelosi celebrates with her grandchildren and other kids in the chamber.
Above, Pelosi greets a child with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the first Somali-American elected to Congress, during a ceremonial swearing-in.
Below, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) takes a selfie with Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).
Several possible 2020 candidates have sought advice from Hillary Clinton, and she has meetings scheduled with additional hopefuls.
“Hillary wants Trump gone," the confidant said. "She doesn’t know who’s best able to beat him, but she knows about grueling nomination fights."
Nick Merrill, Clinton's spokesman, told me: "I won’t comment on private discussions she’s had except to say that she’s more than happy to talk to anyone considering a run about the challenges (as well as the great things) that go with it, and lessons learned on what to watch for in this next cycle (aside from Vladimir)."
Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, leaves wheel marks after leaving the lander that touched down on the surface of the far side of the moon.
A week from tomorrow, the partial government shutdown would break the 21-day record set in 1995 under Bill Clinton, Axios managing editor David Nather points out.
"Apple just lost a Facebook: Market value decline since peak exceeds value of nearly any US company," per CNBC's Michael Sheetz:
The big idea ... Kara Swisher writes for the N.Y. Times: "The last cool set of companies — Uber, Airbnb, Pinterest and, yes, Tinder — were created many years ago, and I cannot think of another group that is even close to as promising."
The unemployment gap between skilled and unskilled workers has been shrinking, Axios' Courtenay Brown writes:
The tightest labor market since 1969 is forcing companies to consider workers they may have overlooked when the unemployed pool provided more options.
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U.S. citizens living in China got an ominous travel advisory yesterday from the State Department with the subject line, "China — Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution":
Here's the backstory, from the N.Y. Times' Liam Stack: "The rights of foreign nationals in China have received renewed focus because of public concern over the fate of an American family barred from leaving the country, Sandra Han and her two adult children, Victor and Cynthia Liu."
"How a Crackdown on MS-13 Caught Up Innocent High School Students: The Trump administration went after gang members — and instead destroyed the American dreams of immigrant teenagers around the country," by Hannah Dreier (a collaboration between The Times and ProPublica):
New frontier for online dating, from Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match Group Inc., which includes Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid, PetPeopleMeet.com, Plenty of Fish and LDSPlanet.com (via Wall Street Journal):
"Video is going to play a role. Whether people ultimately meet face to face, which I hope they do, even having that connection and that video connection ... is going to be really important. We need to look in each other’s eyes, and we need to be able to share each other’s lives, even if it’s for five minutes."