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Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president.
Biden's position on the issue couldn't be learned — we were just told about the advisers' debate.
Abrams met Biden in Washington last week to discuss her next political steps, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Abrams narrowly lost her race for Georgia governor last November, but has remained a political star:
Why it matters: The debate shows some lack of confidence among the Biden team about withstanding attacks for being out of step with the times, and for past positions that are now unpopular in the party.
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss, author of "Presidents of War," said that no successful modern non-incumbent presidential candidate has ever announced a V.P. choice long before the primary process.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was more recognizable to a focus group of Wisconsin swing voters than every Democratic presidential prospect besides Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
The focus group participants were shown photos of each candidate without their name, and asked them to score on a scale of 1 to 10 how confident they were in recognizing that person.
Among the last-minute donors to Beto O'Rourke in his campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz (R), giving $2,600 on Oct. 25, 2018:
"The Missouri River was forecast to crest [this] morning at 11.6 feet above flood stage in St. Joseph, Missouri, the third highest crest on record," AP reports.
"The water rose so quickly that farmers in many areas had no time to get animals out."
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Josh Hayes, who works in Hamburg, Iowa, and took a boat through the flooded part of town:
In the Business Roundtable's Q1 survey of 139 CEOs, 80% said it was "somewhat" or "very" important for Congress to enact a national consumer privacy law.
We carry around these devices and they're bigger than they should be, because there's a lot of computing in here, there's a lot of storage in here. When you get to 5G, all that computing, all that storage goes away — it's back in the network. These form factors, some would say they shrink.
I say they go away. It is conceivable that we're going to be moving into a world without screens, a world where this [points to his glasses] is your screen. You don't need any more of a form factor than this, once the computing and storage requirements move out and into the network. And guys like you [waving to the TV cameras in the back] can think very differently about how you deliver your content to your customers. It becomes a delivery without screens. It's just a totally different experience. ...
AT&T is right at the very center of all this because, if you ask yourself: Five years from now, in this room, will you be consuming more or less global bandwidth. More? Who thinks more? Will you be consuming more or less premium entertainment? More? Well, I like where we are on both of those.
Stephenson recalled a visit from Steve Jobs, before the iPhone's 2007 launch: "We were building a mobile Internet — that's what 3G was about. ... I didn't really know what the mobile Internet looked like. ... Just build it and people will use it — it's always been my philosophy. If you make something mobile, utility explodes."
Go deeper: AT&T CEO plays down media exec departures
Lachlan Murdoch, 47 — eldest son of Rupert, 88 — is finally inheriting the mantle of chief executive of the family business, the WashPost's Sarah Ellison writes:
Drop the 🎤: "When he is in Los Angeles, Lachlan works out of a sunny, spacious office on the first floor of building 88 on the Fox lot in Century City. He arrives for work in a reddish brown Ram 1500 pickup truck with a cab large enough, one 21st Century Fox executive joked, 'to carry all his family's baggage.'"
While rising at 4 a.m. (after six hours of sleep) as co-host of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," Willie Geist, 43, has been building a distinctive Sunday morning edition of NBC’s "Today," Variety's Brian Steinberg writes:
The way to win: "When he landed 'Sunday Today,' he took his wife, Christina, on a ski trip and told her he was being given a new opportunity — on top of everything else he was doing."
Waze, the GPS app, has 30,000 volunteers "who devote nights, weekends and the occasional odd hours to fine-tuning its maps by adding streets and businesses, updating road closures and responding to user requests for map updates and fixes," Paul Berger writes in a Wall Street Journal A-hed (subscription).
Why it matters: "In an era of the gig economy, Waze has found a better business model — unpaid labor."