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Axios' Alexi McCammond writes from Bowling Green that Ohio voters who have flipped between parties in past presidential elections and supported Donald Trump in 2016 now say their first choice in 2020 is ... Barack Obama.
That's the biggest takeaway from an Engagious/Focus Pointe Global focus group that Axios watched last week. The group included 12 swing voters, half of whom voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and then flipped to Hillary Clinton in 2016, and half of whom went for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016.
Between the lines: All but two of the participants said their 2016 vote was a vote against the other candidate, not for the person they supported.
Christopher DiRando, a 24-year-old high school teacher, voted for Trump in 2016 but won't in 2020: "I just want to see a level-headed, competent person."
"The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern ... that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war," AP's Bob Burns writes.
Why it matters: "Unlike during the Cold War, when generations lived under threat of a nuclear Armageddon, the two militaries are barely on speaking terms."
What's new: "In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group," the N.Y Times' Paul Mozur writes.
Why it matters: "The practice makes China a pioneer in applying next-generation technology to watch its people, potentially ushering in a new era of automated racism."
When Tiger Woods, 43, put on the green jacket yesterday at Butler Cabin at Augusta National in Georgia, he said with for-the-ages Smart Brevity: "It fits."
The Masters was Woods' 15th major tournament victory and his first since June 2008, with a decade of pain and humiliation in between.
A lovely image, from AP columnist Tim Dahlberg:
Tweet du jour ... Tom Brady: "Running the numbers on how long it’ll take me to get to 15."
Children in the U.K. would no longer be able to "like" posts on Facebook and Instagram under strict rules planned by a data watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office, The Times of London reports (subscription).
"The 16 planned requirements include a ban on 'nudge' tactics that encourage children to spend more time on apps, allowing companies to collect more data."
What's next: "The code is out for consultation until May 31."
Some people wore hoods as water dripped down from the ceiling of Studebaker Building 84, a former South Bend auto plant where Mayor Pete Buttigeig officially launched his presidential campaign, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Buttigeig, 37, aiming to become the youngest president, and the first gay commander-in-chief, said:
Once in this city, we housed companies that helped power America into the twentieth century. Think of the forces that built the building we’re standing in now, and countless others like it now long gone. Think of the wealth created here. ...
And think of what it must have been like in 1963 when the great Studebaker auto company collapsed and the shock brought this city to its knees. Buildings like this one fell quiet, and acres of land around us slowly became a rust-scape ...
More people are moving into South Bend than we’ve seen in a generation. Thousands of new jobs have been added in our area, and billions in investment. There’s a long way for us to go. Life here is far from perfect. But we’ve changed our trajectory, and shown a path forward for communities like ours.
And that’s why I’m here today. To tell a different story than "Make America Great Again."
The 2020 Democrats "are spending too much time talking about esoteric issues like the Senate filibuster and the composition of the Supreme Court and not enough time speaking the language of workers, several union officials said."
Why it matters: "Those ideas may excite progressive activists, they said, but they risk alienating working-class voters."
Political and legal issues are at play:
"Billionaire Jack Ma again encouraged tech workers [in China] to embrace the industry’s extreme-overtime culture, defying a growing social media backlash," Bloomberg's Lulu Yilun Chen reports.
"The Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. co-founder once more endorsed the sector’s infamous 12-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week routine as de rigueur for passionate young workers."
A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan completed an initial flight over California's Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, AP reports.
The aircraft is designed to carry as many as three satellite-laden rockets at a time under the center of its enormous wing, which stretches 385 feet — a longer wingspan than any other aircraft.
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