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📦 Situational awareness: A federal judge granted Amazon's request to temporarily halt the Pentagon and Microsoft from moving forward on an up-to-$10-billion cloud computing deal that Amazon says reflected undue influence by President Trump. (Reuters)
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Even with the expanding power of the presidency, Bernie Sanders would need Congress to approve the most ambitious ideas he’s known for. And that’s unlikely to happen even under the best-case scenarios for House and Senate Democrats in November, Axios' David Nather and Alayna Treene report:
But Sanders could make some major changes in direction on his own:
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Attorney General Bill Barr told ABC News that President Trump's "constant background commentary" about the Justice Department makes "it impossible for me to do my job": "I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases."
Asked if he was prepared to take the blowback for criticizing the president, Barr responded: "Of course."
Barr said that on the Stone decision, Trump's late-night tweet put him in an especially difficult position:
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham responded:
The President wasn't bothered by the comments at all and he has the right, just like any American citizen to publicly offer his opinions. ...
The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The #MeToo movement was originally largely focused on the media and entertainment worlds, before migrating to technology companies. Now it looks like commercial banks are in the crosshairs, too, writes Axios' Jennifer Kingson.
What's happening ... Two major headlines rocked the sector this week:
The bottom line: Commercial banks may have avoided the #MeToo limelight so far in part because they are so highly regulated, and thus have more aggressive zero-tolerance policies.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigns yesterday before a crowd of more than 4,000 people in the gym at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., a key Super Tuesday state. (WUSA)
N.Y. Times Opinion writer Charlie Warzel explains that Mike Bloomberg's campaign understands a fundamental intent equation: Attention equals power.
"Bloomberg is unapologetic about — and unafraid to hide — the money he’s spending," Warzel continues. "That transactional approach is an excellent match for online influencer culture."
Keep reading (subscription).
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President Trump has become increasingly furious about what he sees as a government full of "never-Trumpers," Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.
John McEntee, Trump’s former body man who was fired by former chief of staff John Kelly over security clearance issues and recently returned to the West Wing, is expected to lead the Presidential Personnel Office.
Hope Hicks, former White House communications director and a close Trump aide, will also return to the White House.
What's next: Trump has been asking for names of people he should fire.
📺 Other news about Trump originals: We hear Dave Bossie's Fox News contract hasn't been renewed. Bossie didn't reply to queries about his next move.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Romance seekers in the Trump era see a heightened value in knowing their potential suitors' political affiliations, Axios' Ursula Perano reports.
OkCupid saw a 187% increase in political mentions on profiles between 2017 and 2018. The company says the trend continued in 2019.
Between the lines: Some conservatives say dating has proved challenging in the age of Trump.
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