⚡Police in London say they've arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012 after Ecuador withdrew asylum.
🇮🇳 In the world's largest democratic exercise, polls opened today in India, beginning a seven-phase election staggered over six weeks in the country of 1.3 billion people.
🇦🇺Australia's prime minister called a May 18 election to be fought on climate, refugees.
🎃 European leaders granted the U.K. a six-month Brexit extension until Oct. 31.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Democrats' 2020 race is already one for the history books: There’s a tighter pack, more diversity, more authentically viable candidates, more early money, and more creative, meaty ideas than anyone expected.
The field has more lanes than were expected as the year began, so more candidates are likely to last until the snow flies:
A top veteran of Democratic politics tells me: "The race has gone to full steam preposterously early." Well, it’s only getting faster and more crowded.
Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller goaded President Trump in his threats to close the border, warned him not to look weak, and urged the purge at Homeland Security, the WashPost's Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Robert Costa report:
Why it matters, per the Post: "The contrast highlights the good cop-bad cop roles on immigration that Kushner, 38, and Miller, 33, now inhabit."
Chaser ... President Trump, asked on the South Lawn yesterday if he'd thought about making Stephen Miller his secretary of Homeland Security, since Miller "is already, basically, running your Homeland Security apparatus":
What's new ... "The White House is moving to do what no president has accomplished since World War II: eliminate a major federal agency," the WashPost's Lisa Rein and Damian Paletta report.
Why it matters: The breakup would be "a jolt of bureaucratic defibrillation to a slow-to-change workforce that the president and his top aides have targeted."
(hat tip: Ina Fried)
"[C]limate activists have recently begun to change their political strategy," David Leonhardt writes in this weekend's N.Y. Times Magazine:
Why it matters: "When voters think about clean energy rather than climate change, some of the usual partisan patterns break down. Even many Republican voters support clean energy."
Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to help improve the Alexa digital assistant powering its line of Echo speakers, by listening to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices, Bloomberg reports:
Why it matters: "[L]ike many software tools built to learn from experience, humans are doing some of the teaching."
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) will say today that the U.S. "must consider the use of military assets to bring aid to the people of Venezuela," Jonathan Swan reports.
Why it matters: It's significant that a U.S. senator is urging use of U.S. military assets to push aid into Venezuela, and is setting the predicate for military action in the strongest language we've seen from a senator.
More from the speech:
Happening today: With a 25-mile procession of Nipsey Hussle's casket through the streets of L.A., the slain rapper and entrepreneur will receive the type of epic street gathering often seen for sports victories, car chases, and the deaths of politicians. (AP)
There's a catch: "[C]orrelation doesn’t equal causation, and there are probably a number of other differences between dog and cat owners that account for some of the differences."
P.S. ... The survey found 6 in 10 households have at least one pet.
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