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After 2016, Democrats talked a lot about winning back the white, working-class voters who supported Donald Trump. But Democrats gearing up for 2020 are already working to court minority voters, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren set the stage in her four-minute announcement video: "Families of color face a path that is steeper and rockier, a path made even harder by the impact of generations of discrimination."
Be smart: Racial and economic issues played an integral role in the 2016 and 2018 elections. But this is the first time they're coming together as a cohesive message, as Democrats recognize that people of color are one of their most loyal blocs.
A musher competes in sled dog rally in Aviemore, Scotland, yesterday.
On Jan. 18 —Shutdown Day 28 — "about a dozen employees at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y., were summoned, one by one, to talk with a human resources executive from Trump headquarters," the WashPost's Joshua Partlow and David Fahrenthold report:
"The sudden firings ... follow last year’s revelations of undocumented labor at a Trump club in New Jersey, where employees were subsequently dismissed."
Jon Ward, Yahoo News senior political correspondent and the father of five, found time to write his first book — "Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party," a look at the 1980 Democratic primary between President Jimmy Carter and Sen. Ted Kennedy.
A taste from "The Outsider," a chapter about the 1976 Democratic primary, where the former Georgia governor burst on the national scene:
"As the 1976 presidential race took shape, Jimmy Carter was an afterthought. At best, he was seen as a pawn in a scheme to rid the Democratic Party of George Wallace once and for all. ... But by the time the spring of 1976 rolled around, Carter had come out of nowhere to win the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, emerging from a huge field of roughly a dozen candidates. ... [H]e ultimately won the nomination with a helping hand from Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley at just the right moment."
At last night's Alfalfa Club dinner — a black-tie cotillion for titans of government and business — physician and former Senate majority leader Bill Frist [corrected] pretended to give a grim, gloved medical exam to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Don't worry — that's not the fun part. The dinner is off-camera and off the record, but a little bird tells me that former Secretary of State John Kerry, the outgoing Alfalfa president, had a patter that included these lines: