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Grassroots activists are gaining growing power over Democratic debates, nominating contests and the 2020 convention — all of which used to be completely controlled by the national party, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
That's also a reason the debate stages will overflow with candidates.
As a sign of shifting leverage, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee will urge the DNC to change the debate format to include bottom-up questions.
Party rules changes, including a move to exclude superdelegates on the first convention ballot, are designed to reduce the sway of establishment insiders.
Attorney General Bill Barr's refusal to testify pushed the House "closer to holding the nation’s top law enforcement official in contempt of Congress." (WashPost)
At her weekly press conference, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Barr "lied to Congress," and likened President Trump to Richard Nixon:
"A survey released this week by Temple University’s Hope Center for College, Community and Justice indicated that 45 percent of student respondents from over 100 institutions said they had been food insecure [limited or uncertain access to food] in the past 30 days," the N.Y. Times' Kaya Laterman reports.
A Border Patrol agent stands near a stack of mattresses during a media tour of a new military-style tent to hold immigrants at the border in Texas.
President Trump's re-election campaign is seizing on a front-page story in today's N.Y. Times:
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said: "There is a word for this in the English language: Spying. ... [I]t is high time to investigate the investigators."
Washington’s biggest lobbyist, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is getting "shut out" by chilly relations with both the White House and congressional Democrats, report The Wall Street Journal's Brody Mullins and Alex Leary (subscription):
The story saves the best for last ... Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue, 80, "travels in a chauffeured SUV accompanied by two security guards."
"Donohue has long avoided talk of retirement, though senior chamber officials and members of the board have pressed him about it."
Why it matters: "Silicon Valley is awash in Chinese and Saudi cash."
Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are launching a podcast with the Clinton Foundation this summer, to be called: "Why Am I Telling You This?"
😂 This is funny: "The often-loquacious President ... and his aides believe the format fits him well because podcast listeners are often willing to listen for longer," CNN's Dan Merica writes.
At left is a portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci that is part of the Royal Collection, at Windsor Castle. The newly identified sketch will go on public display for the first time in "Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing," at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, in London from May 24 to Oct. 13, per AP.
At right is a da Vinci drawing of a fetus in the womb, also part of the Royal Collection.
Burger King announced the launch of not-so-happy meals to highlight May as Mental Health Awareness Month:
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