Jun 17, 2019

Pete Buttigieg raised $7 million in April

2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Dustin Chambers/Getty Images

Pete Buttigieg's 2020 campaign raised $7 million in April, reports Politico.

Why it matters: The South Bend, Indiana mayor saw his national profile skyrocket in the first half of 2019, launching into the top tier of Democratic presidential hopefuls — and his fundraising numbers show that popularity surge is backed by a significant cash influx.

The big picture: 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is also likely to have had a huge April. He raised $6.3 million during his first day in the race that month and has held a number of events and fundraisers with big-money donors since. And Sen. Bernie Sanders, who pulled in over $20 million in the first quarter after announcing in mid-February, will have had a full three months during the second quarter to solicit cash from his powerful mailing list.

What's next: The deadline to report fundraising numbers for the second quarter to the Federal Election Commission is June 30 — which will provide the next big public look at 2020 candidates' hauls.

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Netanyahu says July 1 deadline for West Bank annexation won't change

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at a Likud Party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, that his July 1 deadline for starting the process of annexation in the West Bank will not change, according to people in attendance.

Why it matters: The White House and the State Department have stressed over the last few weeks that the deadline set by Netanyahu is "not sacred" to the Trump administration — and that any discussion of annexation needs to be in the context of renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

President Trump on stage during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Ohio. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

President Trump threatened in a series of Monday tweets to move this summer's Republican National Convention from Charlotte if North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, doesn't allow the event to be held at full capacity.

The state of play: Mandy Cohen, the state's health and human services secretary, said last week that the GOP should "plan for the worst" as mass gatherings will be a "very big challenge" if the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to increase, per NPR.

The wreckage of summer

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We usually think of Memorial Day as the start of the summer, with all of the fun and relaxation that goes with it — but this one is just going to remind us of all of the plans that have been ruined by the coronavirus.

Why it matters: If you thought it was stressful to be locked down during the spring, just wait until everyone realizes that all the traditional summer activities we've been looking forward to are largely off-limits this year.