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There wasn't a single question about global warming in the 2016 fall presidential debates. This time around, climate could be a dominant topic, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
Even Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who's running for president as the climate candidate, doesn't get a pass.
The pressure has already had an impact. Six 2020 Democrats — Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders — are co-sponsoring the Green New Deal.
"Born in the ashes of the financial crisis, Wall Street’s oldest-ever bull market turns 10 years old [today], with the S&P 500 tripling in value," Reuters reports.
"The S&P 500 has turned in a handsome annualized return of 15 percent during the bull market," per Reuters, "with the consumer discretionary and information technology indexes each up about 20 percent annually."
Russian internet trolls appear to be shifting strategy to disrupt the 2020 elections, promoting divisive messages "through phony social media accounts instead of creating propaganda themselves," Bloomberg's Alyza Sebenius writes.
Be smart: Hacked devices "are used to create many legitimate-looking users as well as believable followers and likes for those fake users."
Gayle King, co-host of "CBS This Morning," stayed poised as R&B star R. Kelly shouted, ranted and cried during his first interview since pleading not guilty to sexually abusing four females dating back to 1998, including three underage girls.
"So when I see Robert [Kelly] getting really upset, and he stands out of his seat, my initial reaction was, 'Oh god, please don't leave, please don't leave," King continued.
YouTube of the interview.
What's new: "[T]he enthusiasm that propelled Democrats to a decisive takeover of the House in the midterms is still surging, driving crowd sizes and intensity typically seen in the days before the first caucuses and primaries, not a year ahead of them," the N.Y. Times' Sydney Ember reports from Iowa City.
Michael McDonald, an associate professor of political science at the University of Florida who studies voting data, said that in the general election, "We may see a hundred-year storm for turnout."
"Computers will be used for ball/strike calls starting April 25 in the independent Atlantic League," AP's Ronald Blum writes:
Good news for humans: Joe West, who has umpired more than 5,000 big league games and is on track to break Bill Klem's record in 2020, said a past TrackMan test was spotty, missing 500 pitches in one month.