“Testing the waters”

Michael Bloomberg won’t file for New Hampshire primary

CBS News reports that “[f]ormer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is still deciding whether to run for president but will not appear on the primary ballot in New Hampshire. Bloomberg does not plan to file to be on the ballot for the Democratic contest as in the first-in-the-nation primary in the Granite State, an aide…

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Deval Patrick, Ex-Governor of Massachusetts, Is Considering 2020 Presidential Race

The New York Times reports that “[f]ormer Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has told Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democratic officials that he is considering making a last-minute entry into the 2020 presidential race, according to three Democrats familiar with the conversations, the latest evidence of how unsettled the party’s primary is less than three…

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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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