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🚨Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is boycotting tonight's State of the Union. Go deeper.
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It's hard to imagine a better opening for 2020 for President Trump and Mike Bloomberg than the ongoing chaos in the Hawkeye State.
Why it matters: The Iowa errors robbed Bernie Sanders and possibly Pete Buttigieg of victory laps, kept Democrats from getting clarity on the viability of Joe Biden, and opened up a new avenue of attack for a president who thrives on chaos, Axios' Margaret Talev reports.
The big picture: Trump's approval rating is at a historic high, Bloomberg is scaling up his campaign, and there's another caucus coming later this month — and they had planned on using that app!
Between the lines: These are the conditions that could help Bloomberg soar past the 15% margin required to pick up delegates in Super Tuesday states, especially if a plentitude of campaigns break the bank over the next month.
What's next: Democrats debate on Friday, and New Hampshire votes Tuesday.
Above: A look at the "selfie" lines that are a staple of Warren rallies.
Below: Sen. Elizabeth Warren greets a supporter during a campaign event in Keene, New Hampshire.
The Daily Beast's Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay's new book, “Sinking in the Swamp,” has the details on a previously unreported 2016 Trump conference call:
"Had this soliloquy been made public, it would have spanned two pages, single spaced."