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As President Trump fixates on Joe Biden as his opponent in the 2020 general election, some moderate Democrats are more afraid of Bernie Sanders becoming the eventual nominee, Alexi McCammond reports from Charleston, S.C.
Driving the news: A two-day conference by the centrist Democratic group Third Way focused on helping the party figure out "the way to win" in 2020.
They're not down with Medicare for All: Among 1,291 Democratic primary voters polled by Third Way, there's a 17-point difference in support for Medicare for All between "Twitter Democrats" and primary voters as a whole.
A twist: Elizabeth Warren — who’s viewed as the closest candidate to Bernie ideologically — gets a pass with these moderates.
Be smart: President Trump is likely to label any of the candidates some sort of a Democratic socialist. But these folks are adamant anyone but Bernie can win — a gay mayor, an African American woman, a Latino from Texas.
Progress against heart disease has stalled, driving down life expectancy in the U.S. after decades in which each generation lived longer than the one that came before, The Wall Street Journal's Betsy McKay reports (subscription).
Why it matters, per WSJ: "Heart disease was once on course to fall below cancer as the nation’s leading cause of death, a change public-health statisticians most recently predicted would occur by 2020. No longer."
The N.Y. Times' Peter Baker analyzes President Trump's decision to pull back from retaliatory military strikes against Iran that he had approved:
Why it matters: "He talks like a bellicose warmonger but acts like an isolationist peacenik."
The photo on the left, with Mount Everest at the center, was taken Jan. 3, 1976 by the National Reconnaissance Office, which runs U.S. intelligence satellites.
At right, a 2014 photo shows the Changri Nup Glacier in Nepal, much of it covered by rocky debris. (The peak of Everest is partly obscured in the left background.)
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As Walmart's rivalry with Amazon intensifies, the world's largest company (and employer) is going after a new cohort: wealthy shoppers who traditionally shop on Amazon, Axios' Erica Pandey writes.
What's happening: Amazon — along with other retailers — is attempting to loosen Walmart's viselike grip on low-income shoppers, with discounted Prime memberships and pilot programs that accept SNAP benefits for grocery delivery.
Walmart has modernized its website and plastered the New York City subway with hip, millennial-friendly ads for Jet.com, which it bought in 2016 to bolster its e-commerce business.
Young Americans, already under record levels of debt, are increasingly taking out loans to pay for their weddings, the WashPost's Abha Bhattarai writes in tomorrow's WashPost Business section ("The Wedding Issue"):
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