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President Trump redefined mainstream conservatism. Now, a cast of rising Democratic stars and 2020 candidates are redefining mainstream liberalism.
You see it in many of the major domestic debates of our times, Axios' Jim VandeHei points out:
In all three cases, these topics are shaping up as the new litmus tests for liberal activists heading into 2020.
You can see this shift in one important number: the number of Democrats proudly calling themselves liberal.
Matt Bennett of Third Way, who is a leading Democratic centrist thinker, disagrees: "The far left is trying to redefine mainstream liberalism. But so far, there’s plenty of evidence that they aren’t succeeding."
Be smart: The momentum — online, on cable, among donors, with newly elected Democrats and among the early 2020 crop — is clearly with the new, more unabashed liberals.
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A source close to President Trump tells Jonathan Swan that he thinks a declaration of a national emergency at the border — which Trump stopped short of last night — remains the most likely ultimate option, because of the latitude it gives the president.
Meanwhile, the White House Office of Management and Budget has been exploring other creative ways to get Trump his wall money without having to go through Congress, according to a source close to Russ Vought, a top OMB official.
Privately, President Trump "dismissed his own new strategy as pointless," the N.Y. Times' Peter Baker reports (and Jonathan Swan confirms):
"It’s not going to change a damn thing, but I’m still doing it," Trump said.
P.S. ... The N.Y. Times' Maggie Haberman, post-gaming on CNN: "It's just not a natural setting for him, and we didn't hear a whole lot new."
Above, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer responded on the networks within minutes of the president's address.
Below, activists respond to Trump's address.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort "shared 2016 presidential campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate the FBI has said has ties to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing," per the WashPost:
Why it matters, from the N.Y. Times: "Prosecutors and the news media have already documented a string of encounters between Russian operatives and Trump campaign associates ... The [new] disclosure appeared to some experts to be perhaps most damning of all."
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Lack of trust is one of the biggest obstacles to the adoption of automated vehicles, Axios' Joann Muller writes from Detroit.
The state of the art: Veoneer, a leading supplier of AV technologies including radar and driver-monitoring systems, is researching human-machine trust and what's needed to codify it.
Researchers at Veoneer are focused on what happens during so-called "moments of truth"— high-risk, high-emotion situations on the road where split-second decisions are critical. They say widespread adoption of AVs will depend on:
"Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Close, Susan Zirinsky of CBS: The news has been filled with powerful women over 60," the N.Y. Times' Jessica Bennett writes:
Former N.Y. Times reporter Alex Berenson, in a new book called "Tell Your Children," "takes a sledgehammer to the promised benefits of marijuana legalization, and cannabis enthusiasts are not going to like it one bit," Mother Jones' Stephanie Mencimer writes:
"Facebook, Twitter Turn to Right-Leaning Groups to Help Referee Political Speech," The Wall Street Journal's Kirsten Grind and John McKinnon report (subscription):
"Meetings between companies and their unofficial advisers are rarely publicized, and some outside groups and individuals have to sign nondisclosure agreements."