August 13, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) campaign had been sputtering, but his team says it has a plan to get it back on track. They're going back to basics, Politico reports.

Sanders is planning to go all in on his "signature issue," Medicare-for-all. "It could be the winning issue for me in the primary, it will be the winning issue for me in the general election," he said. "I'm campaigning on the legislation that I wrote. As you know, I wrote the damn bill."

Sanders' camp is banking on the idea that health care is the "defining issue" of the election cycle, and his staffers say that, so far, the strategy seems to be working. An analysis by FiveThirtyEight showed that the senator received the biggest polling bump following the second Democratic primary debate when he homed in on the topic.

But there are risks. For starters, some recent polls show that a public option remains more popular among Americans than Medicare-for-all, but the greater challenge might be that Sanders has too many ideological cousins in the race, especially among the serious contenders. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) both have said they support similar plans. "If everybody's using the same rhetoric, do people actually dive down into the weeds to understand the difference?," a delegate for Sanders in 2016 said. Read more at Politico. Tim O'Donnell

March 8, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday announced a proposal to break up major tech companies, including Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

The 2020 Democratic contender said in a Medium post that "to restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it's time to break up our biggest tech companies."

Warren's proposal calls for tech companies to be prevented from both owning a marketplace and participating on that marketplace. Under the plan, companies with $25 billion or more in annual global revenue that offer "an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties" would be designated as "platform utilities" and spun off. As an example, Warren says that Google Search would be a platform utility separate from other parts of Google, such as its ad exchange.

Warren also calls for unwinding some major tech mergers, such as Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods, Google's acquisition of DoubleClick and Waze, and Facebook's acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp. She says doing so will "promote healthy competition in the market."

CNN reports the Massachusetts senator is expected to discuss this proposal during an event on Friday in Long Island City, the site Amazon had originally chosen for one of its HQ2 locations. Brendan Morrow

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