🚨 Bulletin: Mike Bloomberg qualified for tomorrow's Democratic debate in Las Vegas after notching 19% in a new NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll.
🍿 What to watch: This could be the most vicious debate yet. The race entered a new phase yesterday when Bloomberg attacked a fellow Democrat. Rival camps resent Bloomberg's ad-driven rise, so get ready to watch the oppo fly.
Money alone can't buy a presidential election, but it surely gets you VIP access.
In this race, billions aren't just buying admission — they're buying results:
And the whole ecosystem is a billionaire's ball:
What to watch: Sanders is the one candidate who could target every one of these billionaires.
So the 2020 race could easily be Bernie vs. The Billionaires.
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Banks have been quietly rolling out biometrics to identify customers — verifying them by their fingerprint, voice or eye scan — and retailers like Amazon are getting into the game, Axios managing editor Jennifer Kingson writes.
Why it matters: These companies are amassing giant databases of our most personal information — including our gait, how we hold our cellphones and our typing patterns.
Amazon wants you to be able to pay for items in physical stores by waving your palm in front of a payment terminal, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Del., early today, AP writes.
BSA could be forced to sell off some of its vast holdings, including campgrounds and trails, to raise a compensation trust fund that could surpass a billion dollars.
I'm sharing this photo with you mainly because I read once that Plymouth Rock was more like Plymouth Pebble, but I don't think I'd ever seen it. I always pictured a boulder like the Prudential logo.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing.
Former national security adviser John Bolton suggested in an appearance at Duke last evening "that his unpublished book contained far more revelations than just the campaign to pressure Ukraine ... but said he was fighting 'censorship' by the White House," the N.Y. Times' Peter Baker reports.
The book, "The Room Where It Happened," is due out March 17.
While big national newspapers grow stronger, local newspaper chains that have for decades kept the vast majority of the country informed are combusting, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer writes.
McClatchy, the publisher of local stalwarts from The Sacramento Bee to The Kansas City Star to The Charlotte Observer, announced Thursday that it voluntarily filed for bankruptcy to allow the company to restructure debt and pension obligations.
But the giants are thriving:
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"TikTok has an unusual problem: The video-sharing app is too popular among kids," the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
"It has also been trying to boot younger children off the app, and is required to take offline all videos made by children under 13 under a settlement it reached last year with the Federal Trade Commission," the Journal continues.
Dan Pfeiffer, co-host of "Pod Save America," is out today with "Un-Trumping America," where he argues that "the biggest divide in the Democratic Party is not between left and center":
It’s between those who believe once Trump is gone things will go back to normal, and those who believe that our democracy is under a threat that goes beyond Trump. ... If you believe the latter — as I do — then you have to be willing to contemplate ideas that were off the table even a few years ago. ...
The Democratic Party needs an aggressive strategy to fundamentally reshape American democracy. ... We have to recognize that Donald Trump is not an aberration or an accident. There will be no Republican epiphany during or after Trump. The media won’t save us. Bob Mueller didn’t save us.
Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured "Saturday Night Live" cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.
WHCA partnered with Bob Bain Productions — which has produced the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Teen Choice Awards, the Creative Arts Emmys, Miss America and Trevor Noah stand-up specials — to help produce up this year's dinner.
Ryan Newman flipped across the finish line of the Daytona 500, his Ford planted upside down and on fire, a grim reminder for a sport steeped in danger, AP's Jenna Fryer reports from Daytona Beach, Fla.
President Trump, who had officially started the race Sunday before a rain delay pushed it off 24 hours, tweeted: "Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCAR driver! #PrayingForRyan."
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