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Larry Hogan derides Trump as ‘dear leader’

POLITICO reports that “Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan continued to needle President Donald Trump Tuesday, derisively referring to him in a New Hampshire speech as ‘dear leader,’ the sycophantic title given to Kim Jong Il, the father of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Hogan, who’s weighing a challenge to Trump in the 2020 Republican primary,…

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Joe Biden Begins Taking Money for a 2020 Presidential Campaign

The New York Times reports that “[f]ormer Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has begun accepting financial donations for a 2020 presidential campaign,” with “[t]wo fund-raising solicitations, circulated by Democratic donors in California and Pennsylvania” indicating that Biden’s campaign committee would be called “Biden for President.” Such solicitations for candidacy, as opposed to “testing the waters”…

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Michael Bennet Says Cancer Has Persuaded Him to Run for President

The Atlantic reports that Senator Michael Bennet “responded to his prostate-cancer diagnosis, announced last week, by planning trips here to New Hampshire and to Iowa on Monday . . . . The Colorado senator told me that his own health helped persuade him to run, and to lean in on talking about health care. While he…

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Is Bill de Blasio Running for President in 2020? Sure Looks Like It

New York Times reports that New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has recently traveled to three early presidential primary states, held $5,000-a-plate events for donors and hired a small-dollar fund-raising consultant. “These are the concrete steps of a man preparing to run for president. . . . When asked if he plans to run for president,…

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Stacey Abrams builds massive political network ahead of 2020 decision

POLITICO reports that “Stacey Abrams is set to reveal soon whether she’ll run for president or senator or something else” and in recent months “has mounted a nationwide, largely below-the-radar effort to expand her donor and political network that will make her an instant force whatever she decides.”

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