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Inside 2020 (Nov 11th, 2019)

1. A new poll found nearly one-fourth of Democratic primary voters view Michael Bloomberg unfavorably. Should he decide to run, the former New York City mayor would be the least liked Democratic contender for the White House, according to a Morning Consult survey released on Sunday. The poll, however, did find Bloomberg defeating Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, 43 percent to 37 percent — a similar margin shared by Democratic frontrunners former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Sen. Bernie Sanders. --POLITICO

2. Allegations outlined in a new book by Nikki Haley have fueled speculation about her goals in 2024 — or even 2020. In "With All Due Respect," the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations criticized past figures in the Trump administration for subverting the president's agenda and attempting to recruit her in their secretive efforts. Disclosing such a claim, pundits have theorized, shows Haley demonstrating her loyalty to Trump and his supporters, should she run for the presidency in 2024. There's even (unsubstantiated) chatter Haley could replace Vice President Mike Pence on the GOP ticket next November. -- THE ATLANTIC

3. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg took heat for a controversial comment on former President Barack Obama before a reporter clarified the candidate had been misquoted. In his initial reporting, the Los Angeles Times' Evan Halper quoted Buttigieg as saying, "I think the failures of the Obama era help explain how we got Trump." Halper, however, corrected the record Monday morning, tweeting, "That’s an inaccurate quote — the result of transcribing a noisy recording at a loud rally. [Buttigieg's] exact words were 'failures of the old normal.'" Other Democratic contenders had already slammed Buttigieg. -- LOS ANGELES TIMES

4. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigned for Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa. The congresswoman from New York held rallies across the state and knocked on doors over the weekend to promote Sanders' candidacy. The Vermont senator's campaign has experienced a resurgence following the 78-year-old's heart attack last month, as a rebound in polling and impressive fundraising numbers show a candidate with a path to the nomination. -- NEW YORK TIMES

5. Former Vice President Joe Biden expressed shock and alarm after hearing President Trump is considering attending Russia's May Day parade. "Are you serious?" Biden responded to a reporter after learning about the development on Saturday. He continued, "You're kidding me. Are you joking?" Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Trump to the festivities next year, the president said, which celebrates Russia's military might on the world stage. Trump's attendance would reflect a cozying relationship between Trump and one of America's largest geopolitical foes. Most polling shows Biden remains the frontrunner to take on Trump next November. -- THE HILL

6. John Bolton's note-taking habits have President Trump's defenders spooked. A lawyer for Trump's former National Security Advisor raised eyebrows when he told House investigators that Bolton "was personally involved" in "many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed" regarding the impeachment probe into Trump's relationship with Ukraine. The president's allies are unsure what information could surface from one of the most prolific note-takers in Trump's White House as impeachment barrels ahead one year to go before the general election. -- BUSINESS INSIDER

7. With under three months to go before the nation's first caucus, a chaotic and fluid race in the Hawkeye state is leading to more than a few restless nights among many in the party. As it stands, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden are polling within striking distance of one another atop the field. What's more, a majority of likely Iowa caucusgoers haven't yet made a final decision about who will get their vote. -- THE HILL

8. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has embraced a big-picture response strategy as her critics grow louder. Upon taking up her status as a frontrunner, Warren has endured a barrage of criticisms from other candidates poking holes in her math on health care and approaches to governing. According to Politico, however, the Warren camp has been intentional in avoiding the "war room" strategy of sending surrogates on cable TV and responding to trivial jabs online. Instead, Warren's team is reportedly staying focused on broader campaign messaging that largely stays above the day-to-day fray. -- POLITICO

9. In another setback to the House GOP, longtime Rep. Peter King announced his retirement. On Monday, the New York Republican — who represents voters in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island — became the 20th GOP member to announce they won't be seeking reelection next year. In contrast, just eight House Democrats have said the same. The lopsided figures give Democrats, who are already favored to remain in control of the House in 2021, an even larger incumbency advantage. -- THE WASHINGTON POST

10. Sen. Amy Klobuchar criticizes Pete Buttigieg on lack of experience. Vying to capture the same moderate Midwest voters as the mayor from South Bend, Klobuchar said she doesn't believe any of her female colleagues in the Senate who are also running for president "would be standing on [the debate] stage if we had the experience" Buttigieg offers. As mayor of Indiana's fourth-largest city, Buttigieg's youth and inexperience have been vulnerabilities to his candidacy. -- CNN

Robbie Couch is a writer and reporter whose work has been published on HuffPost, GOOD magazine, Upworthy, and more. In previous roles, Robbie has written about politics, pop culture news, and social issues.

Editor: Kim Lyons, Inside Managing Editor and Pittsburgh-based freelance journalist.

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