⚡Bulletin: United Technologies strikes all-stock merger with Raytheon, creating a company worth $100 billion+ — the world’s second-largest aerospace-and-defense company, after Boeing. (WSJ)
Good Monday morning. Driving the week: House Dems try to dramatize Mueller's report:
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Voters in Pennsylvania who switched from Barack Obama to Donald Trump are sticking with the president in 2020 — unlike some other swing voters, including Wisconsinites, who are getting tired of him, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes from Erie.
What they're saying:
Between the lines: These swing voters offered "assertive," "negotiator," "powerful," and "Christian" when asked the most important characteristics in a leader — words many of them used for Trump.
Top Democrats tell "Axios on HBO" they expect Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may eventually primary one of the two New York senators — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in 2022, or Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2024.
Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez's communications director, said that when she thinks down the road, she thinks in terms of transitioning Democrats to a party that's unified around progressive policies.
Be smart: AOC fits great downstate and thrives nationally, but a New York poll by Siena College in March showed she could struggle statewide.
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Hong Kong had the city's biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997, with hundreds of thousands opposing planned legislation that would to allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China, Reuters reports:
⚡ Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam today vowed to push ahead with the change.
Starbucks this month begins a first-of-its kind trial of reusable cups at London’s Gatwick airport, Bloomberg's Emily Chasan writes:
"The company plans to track the number of returned cups, experimenting with different collection points to maximize the return rate."
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Natural gas is to climate change what our mediocre exercise and diet regimes are to our health — far from perfect, but better than nothing, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" column.
The big picture: Natural gas was the fastest-growing energy source last year —accounting for 45% of all such growth, according to an International Energy Agency report released Friday.
The intrigue: Environmentalists and some politicians are increasingly opposed to natural gas because they worry it's locking in far too much global warming.
What's new: Google made $4.7 billion "from the work of news publishers in 2018 via search and Google News, according to a study ... by the News Media Alliance," per the N.Y. Times.
Even the behind-the-scenes parts of the health care industry are dominated by a small handful of companies — and critics say that drives up prices for everyone, Axios health care editor Sam Baker writes.
Dialysis is a particularly stark example:
Former Boston Red Sox slugger David "Big Papi" Ortiz is hospitalized following surgery for a gunshot wound to his "lower back/abdominal region" after being ambushed by a man in a bar in his native Dominican Republic, AP reports.
Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters his son was out of danger and there wasn't damage to major organs.
Eric Schultz, former deputy White House press secretary and now a senior adviser to President Obama, is consulting to the Netflix political thriller "Designated Survivor," PEOPLE's Sandra Sobieraj Westfall reports.
Ali Stroker, saying she feels most powerful when she's singing, became the first wheelchair user to win a Tony Award, for portraying Ado Annie in the Broadway revival of "Oklahoma!"
Stroker told reporters afterward that not all backstage areas are accessible:
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