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Plans by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to cancel student-loan debt have generated by far the most online attention among policies proposed by 2020 Dems, Axios' Neal Rothschild writes, using exclusive NewsWhip data.
Between the lines: Our short attention spans mean that for a proposal to catch like wildfire, it must be concrete and easy to grasp — without requiring much grounding in policy, which is often necessary for health care and climate plans.
Dominant storyline for each candidate: This list shows the policy stance or storyline with the most combined online interactions (reactions, shares, comments), for the 50 biggest stories since March 1 on each of the top eight.
🍦 Scoop ... Pete Buttigieg hires Michael Halle — a close adviser to Terry McAuliffe — as a senior strategist, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
First look ... Issues that got the most heat in the first debate made a dent in the social-media conversation since then, per data harvested by Hamilton Place Strategies, an analytical public affairs consulting firm:
Go deeper: Hamilton Place's pre-debate analysis.
CNN pledges not to ask questions that require a show of hands by the politicians or that confine all the contenders to a one-word "yes" or "no" answer, AP media writer David Bauder reports:
The new narrative? Snapchat's Peter Hamby writes for Vanity Fair: "Warren is cutting through the noise with a consistent message and a clear rationale for running. Halfway through the race, she might just be winning."
First look ... This week's debates will be heavily watched in the states where the candidates hope/need to break out, a Firehouse/0ptimus Early Primary Poll finds.
General Motors is bracing for attacks from Democrats at the Detroit debates, which are near its headquarters, Reuters' David Shepardson writes:
Capital One "said data from about 100 million people in the U.S. was illegally accessed after prosecutors accused a Seattle woman identified by Amazon.com Inc. as one of its former cloud service employees of breaking into the bank’s server," Bloomberg reports.
"Several White House officials expressed agreement during a senior staff meeting on Monday morning that the president’s attacks [on critics of color, now including Al Sharpton] were a bad move," the N.Y. Times' Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman report.
President Trump’s announcement "that he will nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) as the next director of national intelligence drew immediate opposition from Senate Democrats and tepid support from key Republicans, an early indication that the junior congressman might not sail smoothly to confirmation," the WashPost's Shane Harris writes on A1.
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Political groups on both sides of the aisle are throwing money and resources at propping up local, partisan websites that are often designed to appear as straight news, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer writes.
The context: The right has traditionally been ahead of the digital curve, experimenting with similar "local news websites," memes and advertising tricks before their Democratic rivals — and most consumers — catch on.
What's new: Now, publishers on the left have been ramping up their investments in local media this year, launching websites in swing states that will focus on the stories they think are being ignored by the mainstream news.
What's next: Local communities that have been losing access to nonpartisan news sources are starting to experience small bits of relief, as tech companies, donors, regulators and advocacy groups fund new ventures to replace them.
"Music stars Dave Matthews, Anderson .Paak and Maren Morris have teamed with some of the industry’s top power brokers to form a new lobbying group," the Music Artists Coalition, "that will represent artists in Washington and state capitals." (Bloomberg's Lucas Shaw)
Netflix "is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to produce big-budget films as it tries to shore up its subscriber base and push further into territory once controlled by major Hollywood studios," The Wall Street Journal's R.T. Watson and Ben Fritz report (subscription):
Earlier this month, Netflix agreed to spend nearly $200 million to make the Dwayne Johnson action movie "Red Notice," which will be filmed next year at exotic locations and also stars Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot ...
Netflix plans to release later this year "6 Underground," a Michael Bay-directed action film that is costing about $150 million, and Martin Scorsese’s "The Irishman."
Lil Nas X's viral "Old Town Road" broke the Billboard record set by Mariah Carey's "One Sweet Day" for most weeks at No. 1, AP music writer Mesfin Fekadu reports:
The Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men duet set the record in 1996.
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