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Beto O'Rourke taps former top Obama aide as campaign manager

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Former Texas congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has hired former Obama top aide Jennifer O’Malley Dillon to serve as his campaign manager, CNN reports.

"I’m so excited to join the [O'Rourke] team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges. .... I firmly believe primaries make our party stronger. Hardest part is having friends I admire deeply on all sides, working for the many *great* candidates in this race. But I’m absolutely confident we’ll all be back together in time, united in our most important goal for 2020."
— O’Malley Dillon in a series of tweets Monday evening

Details: Per the New York Times, O’Malley Dillon is a data expert who served on former President Obama’s 2012 re-election team as deputy campaign manager.

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Netanyahu’s re-election campaign is coming to D.C.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a March 21, 2019, press conference with Secretary Pompeo in Jerusalem. Photo: Amir Cohen/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to Washington next week to meet with President Trump and speak at the annual policy conference of AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group.

Why it matters: Beyond the official reasons for Netanyahu's trip, the embrace of Trump and other American supporters could be valuable to his political prospects. With an election only two weeks away, Netanyahu faces serious legal challenges and is behind in the polls — perhaps his most precarious electoral position in decades.

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