⚖️ Situational awareness: "[F]ederal prosecutors in New York contacted witnesses and sought to collect additional documents in an investigation related to Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani," the WashPost reports.
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios
Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?
Margaret Talev and Jim VandeHei write that those rivals are already struggling to catch up with Sanders in national support and campaign dollars. Turning their focus toward Bloomberg only complicates that task.
The biggest test so far will come at Wednesday night's Democratic debate in Las Vegas, three days ahead of the Nevada caucuses.
Bloomberg's climb in the polls and saturation of the airwaves have inspired an acceleration of opposition research and investigative reporting into his decades as a businessman and New York mayor.
The big picture: By not competing in the four early states, Bloomberg has gone basically unchallenged, allowing him to define himself.
The bottom line: Each day the rivals wait, Bloomberg grows stronger. Each day he grows stronger, his case for being the electable one strengthens.
Average economic growth under President Trump has outpaced the growth under President Obama, but not all of his recent predecessors, Axios' Courtenay Brown and Danielle Alberti report.
Reality check: “Our economy is the best it has ever been,” Trump said earlier this month in his State of the Union speech.
By the numbers: Last year the economy grew at 2.3%, after year-over-year accelerations in 2017 and 2018 — marking the slowest annual growth rate since Trump took office. Growth under Trump has yet to hit his oft-promised 3% mark annually.
President Trump’s command — “Gentlemen, start your engines” — coincided with a flyover by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
🗞️ Flashback ... Courtesy of C-SPAN's Howard Mortman, here's the story that sportswriter Liz Clarke and I wrote for the WashPost front page when President George W. Bush's 20-vehicle motorcade rolled onto Daytona's track in 2004:
The U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement required Kevin Euceda, a teenage asylum-seeker from Honduras, to see a therapist. Kevin "thought his words would be confidential. Now, the traumatized migrant may be deported," the WashPost's Hannah Dreier reports:
Why it matters: "This kind of information sharing was part of a Trump administration strategy that is technically legal but which professional therapy associations say is a profound violation of patient confidentiality," the WashPost continues.
Kevin has been held more than 900 days.
"Multiple studies show that Uber and Lyft have pulled people away from buses, subways and walking, and that the apps add to the overall amount of driving in the U.S.," The Wall Street Journal's Eliot Brown writes in "The Ride-Hail Utopia Got Stuck in Traffic" (subscription).
By the numbers, from WSJ:
That was a classic Sports Illustrated rubric for headlines that made you think the world was going to hell in a hand basket, as my Grandma Powers would say.
I ran across three good ones this weekend:
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