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Traditional kingmakers like political insiders and the parties' national committees have lost their edge for 2020 as buzzy, insurgent campaigns rack up cash and drive coverage, Axios' Shane Savitsky writes.
The closest thing to a Democratic kingmaker is President Obama, who hasn't endorsed.
We're seeing it in 2020 policy ideas that scare the establishment:
We're seeing it in the way that establishment big spenders are often ignoring the larger will of their electorate, choosing to tend to their preferred issues:
We're seeing it in the democratization of media:
The bottom line: Making noise is the key to amassing power in today's politics.
A landmark UN report on biodiversity concludes that more "plants and animals are threatened with extinction now than any other period in human history," the WashPost's Darryl Fears writes.
Robert Watson, a British chemist who chaired the panel, said the decline in biodiversity is eroding "the foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide."
Politics is the #1 show on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, but gets smothered on visual-heavy platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, Axios' Sara Fischer and Neal Rothschild write.
Why it matters: Media companies are increasingly incentivized to produce quality content that fits a specific platform, rather than gaming algorithms.
"At times choked up ... as President Trump listed many of the milestones of his career, Tiger Woods received the Presidential Medal of Freedom ... in a ceremony at the Rose Garden," per USA Today.
Florida is harnessing its increasingly diverse population to offset the perception that it's the land of retirees and vacationers, Axios' Kim Hart writes from Tampa:
In Miami, more than half of the population was born elsewhere:
Driving the news: The eighth "Rise of the Rest" bus tour, led by Revolution Chairman and CEO Steve Case, rolled through Florida and Puerto Rico last week, spotlighting startups and investments beyond traditional tech hubs.
Florida, the third-largest state, got 1.3% of U.S. venture capital funding last year.
80% of all spending on Senate races in 2018 went to the few races that Charlie Cook labeled a "toss-up," according to data provided to Axios' Sara Fischer by Advertising Analytics, a data firm specializing in media ad spending.
Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, tells Axios: "Washington-based political newsletters have less influence on campaign fundraising than they did 20 years ago."
In Arizona, a high school football player who has been in the U.S. since he was a toddler was in custody for possible deportation to his native Mexico, prompting a protest by classmates outside a sheriff's office, AP's Anita Snow reports:
Why it matters: Torres' detention is a stark example of the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration.
"Google is set to launch new tools to limit the use of tracking cookies," The Wall Street Journal's Patience Haggin and Rob Copeland report (subscription):
"Google’s move, which could be unveiled at its developer conference in Mountain View, Calif., starting [today], is expected to be touted as part of the company’s commitment to privacy — a complicated sell."
George F. Will will be out June 4 with "The Conservative Sensibility," his first book in five years, and first on politics in over a decade.
The book captures more than 50 years of the longtime Washington Post columnist's thinking:
One conversation-starter is "Chapter 9: Conservatism Without Theism."
"OK" is now worth six points in Scrabble ... "The official international Scrabble dictionary has updated its list of approved words for the first time since 2015, opening up an additional 2,800 words," the N.Y. Times' Sarah Mervosh writes:
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