“Testing the waters”

Tom Steyer Is Telling Allies He’s Running for President

The Atlantic reports that “billionaire investor Tom Steyer, who in the past decade has been both the top Democratic donor in the country and the prime engine for pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, appears ready to become Democratic candidate No. 26.”

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Howard Schultz delays decision on 2020, Biden the factor

Fox Business reports that “[b]illionaire businessman and former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz has delayed his decision on whether to run for president as an independent as he assesses the possibility of former Vice President Joe Biden capturing the Democratic nomination, FOX Business has learned.”

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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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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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