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🇮🇱 Situational awareness: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led today but was short of a governing majority in the third national election in less than a year. (Reuters)
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The Bernie Sanders diehards packing his rallies would love to live in a world with Medicare for All, free college and higher taxes on the rich — but they mostly know that's a distant dream, Axios' Alexi McCammond and Stef Kight report.
Why it matters: Sanders, on a delegate roll heading into today's 14-state Super Tuesday voting, is looking more and more like a liberal incarnation of Donald Trump circa 2016 — a cultural force who transcends party or policies.
We interviewed more than two dozen Sanders rally-goers over the past week in Virginia, which votes today, and in South Carolina.
The bottom line: Many Sanders voters see Trump as having paved the way for a President Sanders.
Mike Bloomberg, who has already poured more than $500 million into his campaign, faces his big Super Tuesday test today after Joe Biden’s South Carolina sweep and triple crown of big endorsements yesterday (Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Harry Reid, Susan Rice).
Axios' Alayna Treene will be with Bloomberg today as he travels through Miami, Orlando and West Palm Beach, where he'll watch tonight's returns.
At a small event yesterday in Manassas, Va., the former New York mayor told the crowd that he has "won three elections so far, and I don’t plan to start losing now."
🥊 Joe Biden, 77, accepting the endorsement of Pete Buttigieg, 38, in Dallas last night:
Scientists say half of the world's sandy beaches could disappear by the end of the century if climate change continues unchecked, AP reports.
Researchers at the European Union's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches have changed over the past 30 years and simulated how global warming might affect them in the future.
In a memo to teams, the NBA told players to avoid high-fiving fans or strangers, and avoid taking items for autographs, in response to the coronavirus crisis that has spread to most corners of the planet.
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As part of our What Matters 2020 series on the critical trends that will outlive this moment, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei and I taped seven short videos discussing topics of consequence to society.
MSNBC's Steve Kornacki, pinch-hitting on "Hardball" last night after Chris Matthews announced his forced resignation at the top of the hour, remembered Matthews' "boundless energy and curiosity [when] I first watched Chris when I was a teenager in the mid-1990s."
Matthews, 74, stayed at the punch bowl of live TV too long. He quit after new attention to a string of leering comments about women over the years, including colleagues, public officials and guests. He began the show:
Let me start with my headline tonight: I'm retiring. This is the last "Hardball" on MSNBC. And obviously, this isn't for lack of interest in politics. As you can tell, I have loved every minute of my 2o years of host as "Hardball." Every morning I read the papers, and I'm gung-ho to get to work. Not many people have had this privilege. ...
The younger generations out there are ready to take the reins. We see them in politics, and the media ... They are improving the workplace. We're talking here about better standards than we grew up with — fair standards.
A lot of it has to do with how we talk to each other. Compliments on a woman's appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were OK were never OK — not then, and certainly not today. And for making such comments in the past, I'm sorry. ...
So let's not say goodbye but: 'til we meet again.
David Plouffe, President Obama's campaign manager in 2008, is out today with a pair of books — one for adults and one for young people — with the common theme: You can do this.
Plouffe told me the books are out on the same day because he's "hoping families will talk about what they can do to defeat Trump — and if parents and kids are both reading the respective books they can make the best plan together for the general election."
Kirk told me his favorite page is Page 8: "Trump has swept aside an astonishing number of conservative taboos, once-dominant institutions, and once-unbreakable rules ..."
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One of the world's biggest esports leagues is working with Nielsen to develop the first-ever comprehensive measurement system for viewership of esports broadcasts, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
Why it matters: Esports audiences are growing so big that they are beginning to outpace traditional sports viewers globally.
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