Jun 29, 2019

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1 big thing: Kamala Harris is debate's Twitter winner
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Data: Sprout Social. Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Sen. Kamala Harris drew more tweets than any other candidate in Thursday's debate, according to data provided to Axios' Neal Rothschild by Sprout Social.

  • Why it matters: That online velocity is likely to translate beyond social media to polls, fundraising and other engines of momentum in the crowded field.

What's going on: Tweets mentioning Harris' Twitter handle generated 23% more interactions — likes, comments, retweets— than those about the next closest Democrat, Pete Buttigieg.

  • Buttigieg generated the second-most interactions and had the most interactions per tweet.
  • The other winner: Julián Castro generated the highest totals in relation to his place in the polls — 11th, per Real Clear Politics.
  • The loser: Biden's fifth place in interactions was the worst compared to his polling position (first).

Demographic breakdown, per Sprout Social:

Highest proportion of interactions by men:

  1. Andrew Yang: 71%
  2. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: 62%

Highest proportion of interactions by women:

  1. Sen. Amy Klobuchar: 56%
  2. Julián Castro: 55%

Highest proportion among ages 18-24:

  1. Andrew Yang: 43%
  2. John Hickenlooper: 40%

Highest proportion among age 55+:

  1. Rep. Tim Ryan: 39%
  2. Sen. Amy Klobuchar: 34%
2. At summit, Trump favors strongmen over democratic leaders
President Trump shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during G20 class picture. (Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture alliance via Getty Images)

At the Group of 20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, President Trump "reserved most of the sought-after sit-down time slots for authoritarians or like-minded nationalists with similar views on immigration," the WashPost's Anne Gearan, David Nakamura and Seung Min Kim write:

  • "In addition to Putin, Trump is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was positioned prominently in the front row next to Trump in the official group photo."
  • Trump also met with Brazil’s far-right Jair Bolsonaro; Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who won reelection by stoking sectarian tensions; and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who takes a hard line against immigration.
  • "Trump tweeted a friendly invitation to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in the demilitarized zone while the president is in South Korea this weekend."

Headline du jour:

The New York Times
3. 🌍 3 stats capture our world
Honduran migrant children eat at the Jesus el Buen Pastor del Pobre y el Migrante shelter in Tapachula, Mexico. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP)
  1. An average of nearly one migrant child has died or gone missing every day worldwide over the past five years, per the UN. (AP)
  2. France had its hottest day ever recorded: In Gallargues-le-Montueux, near Nimes, in the south of France, the temp rose to 114.44° F. (Reuters)
  3. "S&P 500 Posts Best First Half in 22 Years: A banner June followed a dismal May; S&P ends second quarter up 3.8% and has risen 17% in 2019." (WSJ)
4. Trail pics du jour
Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Above: Sen. Kamala Harris speaks in the spin room.

  • Below: Joe Biden— speaking in Chicago yesterday to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition — strongly defended his civil rights record and pledged to be a "president who stands against racism." (AP)
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
5. Theranos founder's defense
Elizabeth Holmes arrived yesterday at federal court in San Jose. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

"To defend against criminal fraud charges, Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes is trying to put investigative journalism on trial," Bloomberg's Joel Rosenblatt reports:

  • "Holmes contends Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou had an undue influence on federal regulators who concluded her blood-testing startup’s technology was a threat to patient health."
  • "As she prepares for a trial set for July 28, 2020, Holmes is trying to retrace the steps the reporter took to publish his 2015 scoop."
6. 🗞️ 1 sad thing
The Vindicator via Newseum

The Vindicator, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and is the only daily in Youngstown, Ohio ("Steeltown, USA"), announced that "great financial hardships" are forcing it to close Aug. 31.

  • The Vindicator, which long called itself "The People's Paper," once staffed bureaus across industrial Mahoning Valley.
  • "The Vindicator's owners had sought out buyers, but were unable to find one," the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes.

Another time ... Below: In October, 1950, U.S. Steel steelworker Charlie Grapentine — a father of two who owned a Dodge and lived comfortably on $320 a month — read about the Korean War in the Youngstown Vindicator.

Photo: Doreen Spooner/Keystone Features/Getty Images

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