😎 Good Tuesday morning, and welcome back.
🚨 Sen. Bernie Sanders announced for president this morning: "We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward."
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
For the first time since the midterms, Republicans find themselves playing offense as they push "socialism vs. freedom" as an opening 2020 message.
Why it matters: Giddy House Republicans hope they can ride this message into 2020 — just as Dems seized their winning 2018 midterm message as soon as House Rs voted in 2017 to weaken protections for pre-existing conditions.
Republicans have long demagogued by branding Democrats "socialists." Now, some Democrats are helping by self-identifying.
Republicans taking an early victory lap on "socialism" may eventually find it hard to defend not raising taxes on billionaires. And the 2020 Democrats are wary of being branded "socialist":
Be smart ... Republicans are loving the moment but are rightly wary: They know it could change quickly — either because of something Trump says, or new facts that emerge from investigations by Mueller or House Democrats.
The former Starbucks CEO speaks Feb. 7 at Purdue, in Indiana. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
First on Axios ... Howard Schultz tries to turn electability back on Democrats in a letter to supporters today, pledging that he is committed to making sure an independent run for president would do "nothing to re-elect Donald Trump":
"Will the eventual Democratic nominee be the party’s own version of a spoiler?" Schultz writes in the letter, which is being emailed to supporters and pushed through social media.
"[T]he Vatican has confirmed, apparently for the first time, that its department overseeing the world’s priests has general guidelines for what to do when clerics break celibacy vows and father children," the N.Y. Times reports.
⚡"More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders said [last] night the possibility is on the table." (AP)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) drew applause last night for a blunt answer at a CNN town hall last night in Manchester, N.H.
A 2017 college graduate asked the presidential candidate if she'd support "free college for all," an idea pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders:
⚡Elizabeth Warren today will release a universal child care plan, paid for using part of the revenue from her wealth tax: "For every single family under 200% of the poverty line .... access would be free." See the 7-page plan.
Vice Premier Liu He, China's economy czar, is heading to Washington for talks Thursday and Friday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike, AP reports.
Be smart: Bill Bishop writes in his Sinocism newsletter that the U.S. side, "perhaps with the exception of President Trump, is not happy with what the negotiators view as very limited concessions from China."
🇨🇳 Worthy of your time: Bill Bishop's Sinocism.
Apple "is shaking up leadership and reordering priorities across its services, artificial intelligence, hardware and retail divisions as it works to reduce the company’s reliance on iPhone sales," The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle reports (subscription):
Why it matters: The shifts "reflect Apple’s efforts to transition from an iPhone-driven company into one where growth flows from services and potentially transformative technologies."
What's new: Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second-largest publicly traded oil company after ExxonMobil, has over the past year ramped up more clean-energy investments and commitments than any other big producer, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" column.
The blue type in the N.Y. Times graphic above, by The Upshot's Kevin Quealy, represents times President Trump said Mexico will pay for the wall.
⚡ "16 states filed a federal lawsuit ... to block ... Trump’s plan to build a border wall without permission from Congress, arguing that the president’s decision to declare a national emergency is unconstitutional." (WashPost)
Oscars are Sunday ... "Roma" cost just $15 million to make, but Netflix has spent an estimated $25 million to $30 million on awards-season promotion, the N.Y. Times' Brooks Barnes reports: