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Democratic hopefuls for 2020, who had been expected to wait until after midterms to begin overt campaigning, are jumping the gun and flooding into Iowa, New Hampshire and other early-voting states to begin building support.
The same phenomenon is happening in the other early states:
One reason that operatives in the early states had expected more reticence is that donors don’t want Democrats eyeing 2020 to distract from Nov. 6.
Be smart: The test-the-waters crowd has some cover, because those states all have white-hot races. But veterans of past presidential campaigns say the 2020 groundwork is much more flagrant than is traditional or was expected.
Ronna McDaniel at CPAC in February (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
As President Trump builds his team for 2020, he has asked Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel to serve a second term, according to a source familiar with the conversation.
Posting later tonight ... A "Women & Power" issue of New York Magazine, with interviews with more than 70 powerful women about winning power, wielding it, losing it, fighting for it, implementing it — and holding on to it.
Mark Knoller of CBS News kindly shared this Trump vs. Obama rally tally with us:
At a November fundraiser at the New York City home of a retired financier, Obama said, according to a person present who shared the comments with Sargent:
"[W]e have a midterm election coming up that will be ... an opportunity for us to stop the bleeding, to restore a sense of hope and promise, to , in very concrete terms, save people lives and make sure they have health care ... "
Sargent tells me the key point of his book is that with pressure from the left to be more "procedurally radical" (i.e., court-packing), Democrats need to "play rougher," while still trying to move Americans toward the ideal of fair play in politics.
Key conclusions from "Them":
President Trump said he will visit storm-ravaged areas in both Florida and Georgia early this week. Also on tap (assist: AP):
P.S. Before recessing until after midterms, the Senate confirmed 15 judges, including three circuit judges, and a package of executive branch nominees (including many for the State Department) on Thursday night.
With Honor, a "cross-partisan" super PAC that recently got a $10 million donation from Jeff Bezos, this week will post an interactive map of veterans running for House.
Quick facts from With Honor:
When launched later this week, the interactive map will let you hover over a district and a pop-up will appear, showing the candidate's name, district, party affiliation and a link to their website.
Tonight's episode of Showtime's "The Circus" (8 p.m.) is "California Dreaming":
Wagner also attends a town hall with Tom Steyer, the billionaire liberal activist calling for the impeachment of President Trump.