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Joe Biden officially entered the Democratic race for president last week, and he held a campaign kickoff event in Pittsburgh on Monday. Is he gaining ground among potential primary voters as a result? We’ll probably find out soon. But as I watch all the coverage of the 20+ candidates in the 2020 race, I always remember that Donald Trump hadn’t even come down the escalator at this point four years ago.
Biden keeps making headlines… He taped a big interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts on Monday… It will roll out on Tuesday’s “GMA…”
“Trump takes Biden’s bait”
Erin Burnett’s lead on Monday: “OutFront tonight, Trump takes Biden’s bait.” She said “Biden’s decision to take the fight straight to Trump is clearly getting under Trump’s skin.”
One of the pieces of evidence: Trump’s tweet that “the Media (Fake News) is pushing Sleepy Joe hard.” I wonder if Trump noticed when Fox News carried Biden’s launch speech live on Monday afternoon… And I wonder if he noticed Biden say “we have to choose hope over fear, unity over division and maybe, most importantly, truth over lies.” (Speaking of: Scroll down for the Post’s updated count of Trump’s untruths…)
Fighting “on the president’s home turf”
“For all his weaknesses, right out of the gate Joe Biden has shown that he can fight on the president’s home turf: the media,” CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer tweeted Monday. “With Charlottesville and unions, Biden goaded POTUS into making comments that highlight his liabilities among independent and blue collar voters in 2020…”
FOR THE RECORD
– Rod Rosenstein has given his two-week notice… (CNN)
– BREAKING: “Trump sues banks to stop them from complying with House subpoenas…” (NYT)
– Related headline: “Trump’s lack of cooperation with Congress intensifies impeachment push in House…” (WaPo)
– Will there be an empty chair on Thursday? “The House Judiciary Committee is moving forward with its plan for staff attorneys to question A.G. William Barr… even as the attorney general is threatening not to attend the hearing over the proposed format…” (CNN)
NYT taking action after apologizing for anti-Semitic cartoon
“For now, we’ve decided to suspend the future publication of syndicated cartoons,” the NYT said Monday, after an anti-Semitic political cartoon was published in the international edition of the paper. The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove broke the news about the NYT’s decision.
>> Grove also said the Anti-Defamation League “is preparing to issue a report on Tuesday showing an alarming increase in anti-Semitic incidents, year over year, in the United States…”
>> ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on Kate Bolduan’s CNN show Monday morning: “It wouldn’t surprise me if this was published out of Tehran or Damascus, but it does not belong in The New York Times or any credible media outlet…”
– They’re supposed to talk about infrastructure: POTUS will sit down with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer at 10:30 a.m. ET…
– Apple (AAPL) earnings will be out after the markets close on Tuesday…
– Mark Zuckerberg will deliver the keynote speech at Facebook’s developer conference at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET…
Oprah on the cover of THR
This issue will be out on Tuesday, on the same day as The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural Empowerment in Entertainment gala. Winfrey will be speaking at the event in L.A…
In an interview with THR’s Lacey Rose, Winfrey reveals that her “60 Minutes” contributor deal is no more. “I’ve removed myself from that,” she said. And she’s blunt about the reason why. “It was not the best format for me… How should I say this? Never a good thing when I have to practice saying my name and have to be told that I have too much emotion in my name… I think I did seven takes on just my name because it was ‘too emotional.’ I go, ‘Is the too much emotion in the Oprah part or the Winfrey part?’ I was working on pulling myself down and flattening out my personality — which, for me, is actually not such a good thing.”
In the interview, Winfrey also talks about Gayle King’s new CBS deal, her Apple plans, the 2020 race and more… It’ll be out on Tuesday…