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Thank you for the overwhelming reaction to our special report yesterday on China trends. Axios tries to raise your sights above the daily churn, capturing the ways the world is changing across business, tech, media and global affairs. In response to your thoughtful comments and helpful suggestions, we'll have more deep dives ahead.
The biggest trend in midterm Democratic politics is women kicking ass, a sign of energy and momentum for women presidential candidates in 2020:
For 2020, those trends should benefit potential Democratic presidential candidates, including four senators: Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)
Amy Walter, national editor of Cook Political Report, says that a key reason for women's success in this cycle is the desire for a fresh face and a break from the traditional political candidate mold: "It's not just being a female."
Axios' Alexi McCammond quotes a Democratic strategist as saying: "Democratic primary voters are looking for the opposite of Trump. A progressive woman is a good vessel for that."
Be smart: Remember that women are better voters than men. In the past 10 presidential elections, the proportion of eligible women who voted exceeded the proportion of eligible men.
At 8:42 last night, President Trump made a live Oval Office appearance with Josh Holt, a 26-year-old Mormon from Utah who had been held by Venezuela without trial since 2016, after the socialist government freed him.
Be smart, from Axios' Jonathan Swan: Trump has made freeing Americans held overseas a priority of his administration. Foreign dictators realize this and know that freeing a hostage is a gesture of goodwill that Trump can claim credit for domestically.
"Irish voters — young and old, male and female, farming types and city-bred folk — endorsed expunging an abortion ban from their largely Catholic country's constitution by a two-to-one margin," AP reports from Dublin:
South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right) hugs North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) before a surprise summit Saturday on the North Korean side of the "truce village" of Panmunjom.
Breaking, from CNN ... "S KOREA: KIM WILL GIVE UP NUKES IF HE CAN STAY IN POWER."
Be smart ... Axios' Jonathan Swan emails: "This is South Korea working overdrive to save the summit. They are the conduits, they desperately want this to happen, and it’s quite likely they are overstating or sugar-coating what Kim is saying."
What we learned on Saturday, May 26, 2018 — Day 492 of President Trump (969½ days left in this term):
The bullish bottom line from Barron's:
Barron's lists top global CEOs, including ...
"Those Red Alert Bubbles on Your Phone Are Driving Your Loved One Crazy" — Wall Street Journal A-hed by Katherine Bindley: