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Democrats are moving women into leadership roles in key party organizations, including the campaign arms for national and state races — and even in the moderate Blue Dog coalition, which will be led by a woman of color for the first time in its 31-year history, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
The big picture: This fits with the global women’s liberation movement of the past year, driven by the #MeToo movement and the midterms' surge of women voters, candidates and donors.
These positions carry tremendous influence in candidate recruitment, messaging, and securing donations in future elections.
The new leaders:
P.S. New this morning ... "She votes. She leads":
A potential recession, combined with increasing regulatory threats for some of the biggest tech companies, foreshadows a difficult 2019 for Silicon Valley, Axios' Sara Fischer, David McCabe and Courtenay Brown report.
Paul Gallant, an analyst with Cowen Washington Research Group:
Big Tech is closing out a contentious year in Washington, and potential regulation will continue to haunt it well into 2019.
"The French government plans to announce [today] the suspension of fuel tax increases slated for January in a bid to quell the fierce protests which have ballooned into the deepest crisis of Emmanuel Macron's presidency," Agence France-Presse reports.
Why it matters, per AP: "A grassroots protest movement in France balloons and radicalizes, unleashing anger that devastated the heart of Paris in weekend riots and revealed a fracture in the country between the haves and have-nots."
In a nod to President George H.W. Bush's well-known sartorial tradition, Houston organizers encouraged residents to wear their boldest socks to a ceremony last night in front of City Hall, which was bathed in red, white, and blue light. (AP)
Below, members of the Bush family walk past as President Bush lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda yesterday.
Below, former President George W. Bush is embraced by Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi during the arrival of the casket at the Capitol.
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted lawmakers would avert a government shutdown when a proposed stopgap measure expires later this month, saying neither party wants the political blame for a lapse in funding," The Wall Street Journal's Josh Jamerson reports (subscription):
Getting to yes: Democrats have balked at $5 billion in wall funding. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, "Senate Democrats would support $1.6 billion in border security that was included in a bipartisan Senate bill."
President Trump is embracing Roger Stone, a former campaign adviser who stated that he won't testify against him as part of Robert Mueller's investigation, while calling for a "full and complete" prison sentence for his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is cooperating.
P.S. What Michael Cohen is thinking, via N.Y. Times' Benjamin Weiser:
"CNN president Jeff Zucker revealed to The Axe Files [podcast] host David Axelrod that he still wants to run for political office at some point," per the Hollywood Reporter.
Zucker "also repeated twice during the 69-minute-long podcast that he'd love to run the Miami Dolphins football team."
"Alfonso Cuarón’s critically acclaimed film 'Roma' — an intimate, black-and-white, Spanish-language feature about a middle-class Mexican family and their live-in nanny — seems an unlikely candidate for the role of Hollywood disrupter," report Ryan Faughnder and Josh Rottenberg for the L.A. Times.
Why it matters: "Facing rising competition from Walt Disney Co. and other media giants entering the streaming business, Netflix is increasingly eager to lure filmmakers who want their movies to be shown on a big screen and get awards recognition."
While many other executives shy away, Blackstone chairman, CEO and co-founder Steve Schwarzman continues to represent Trump administration interests around the world.
Apple released its "Best of 2018" list Tuesday with Drake's "Scorpion" as the top album, while his hit "God's Plan" was the most popular single.