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October 14, 2019

It's been more than seven months since former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he wouldn't run for president in 2020, but he's reportedly still thinking about doing it anyway.

Bloomberg has been telling associates recently that "Joe Biden's recent struggles against Sen. Elizabeth Warren are making him rethink his decision to stay out of the 2020 Democratic primary," CNBC reports.

“I think it's something he wants," an ally of Bloomberg's told CNBC. "He has not been shy about that."

There's a catch, though: In this hypothetical scenario, Biden would apparently need to drop out of the race early on in the primaries. "Nothing can happen unless Biden drops out, and that's not happening anytime soon," the Bloomberg ally told CNBC.

Axios similarly reported way back in April that Bloomberg would reconsider his decision not to run if Biden didn't get into the race. Biden did announce his candidacy soon after, but with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) overtaking him in some national polls recently, Bloomberg is apparently doing that reconsideration as we speak, even with just four months left to go until the Iowa caucuses.

"He's like everyone else," a Bloomberg associate told CNBC. "They can't get it out of their system." He can't get teasing the increasingly unlikely idea of a late entrance into the race out of his system, at least. Brendan Morrow

August 28, 2019

President Trump is hereby ordering his supporters to immediately start looking for an alternative to Fox News.

Trump launched into his latest angry Twitter thread about Fox News on Wednesday, having apparently been set off by an interview on the network with the Democratic National Committee's communications director. He claimed that Fox was "heavily promoting the Democrats" with this interview, going on to complain that the network is "HOPELESS & CLUELESS" and that it should "go all the way LEFT."

He went further by telling his followers that they must "start looking for a new News Outlet," as Fox "isn't working for us anymore!" This latter statement immediately drew pushback from Fox News commentator Brit Hume, who responded, "Fox News isn't supposed to work for you."

Trump has been publicly lashing out at Fox News for months, going back to when he complained about a town hall with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on the network in which moderator Bret Baier, he claimed, was too "smiley and nice." He's also been raging about the network's hiring of former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile as a contributor, as well as polls from the network showing him losing to 2020 Democrats.

"There's something going on at Fox," Trump recently said, reports Politico. "I'll tell you right now. And I'm not happy with it."

As far as the "new news outlet" Trump wants, it sounds like he may have one in mind: One America News Network, the right-wing network Trump has tweeted about numerous times, including on Wednesday morning prior to his Fox tweet. The Daily Beast in May reported that Trump been talking up One America News in part "to make the Fox News brass jealous," with a source "comparing the situation to showing off a new girlfriend." Brendan Morrow

February 1, 2019

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has one cause his entire state can get behind.

In the Jan. 20 NFC championship game, the New Orleans Saints suffered a debatable no pass interference call that arguably gave the Los Angeles Rams the game and sent them to the Super Bowl. Louisiana — and especially its senior senator — were in an outrage, with Cassidy delivering a Senate floor tirade about his displeasure, complete with posterboards and giant photos.

It's been two weeks since the incident, but Cassidy is still worked up. He's been running a series of Facebook ads against the "botched call by a referee" that "took away our Saints' shot at a Super Bowl championship," paid for with campaign money, the Center for Responsive Politics' Anna Massoglia shared Friday. And even though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the call, Cassidy's posts still call for viewers to "sound off" on whether "the NFL should be held accountable."

There's no explicit campaign finance rule that says Cassidy can't use funds to run ads about the NFL. And seeing as it's probably the most unifying topic in his state, it's probably a smart pre-Super Bowl strategy as well. Kathryn Krawczyk

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