Apr 4, 2019

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan announces 2020 bid

Rep. Tim Ryan on "Meet the Press" in 2016. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who unsuccessfully tried to knock House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from her leadership post in 2016, announced his bid for a 2020 presidency online during an appearance on ABC's "The View. "

The backdrop: As a moderate, midwestern Democrat, Ryan has flipped on several high-pressure partisan issues. He switched from pro-life to pro-choice in 2015, and in 2017, decided to drop NRA funding in response to the organization's refusal to support universal background checks after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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