When Biden said Trump was our first racist president, he might’ve been forgetting a few people. It’s Thursday, and this is your politics tip sheet.
President Trump walked yesterday to a White House event about combating crime in cities.
Bloomberg’s gun control group throws its weight behind (mostly) Democratic candidates.
When Michael Bloomberg announced the formation of Everytown for Gun Safety, in 2013, his designs were explicitly nonpartisan.
It would support any politician or group staunchly committed to gun control, Bloomberg said, with the goal of creating an equal and opposite force to combat the National Rifle Association.
Technically, that remains true — Everytown is currently backing the campaign of exactly one congressional Republican up for re-election, Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, who represents a suburban district in Pennsylvania.
But seven years into the organization’s existence, with gun control as partisan an issue as ever, Everytown has emerged as a powerful adjunct to the Democratic Party.
In 2017 and 2019, for instance, its heavy investments in downballot races across Virginia helped to end a generation of Republican control of the State Legislature there.
And today, as Reid J. Epstein reports in an exclusive story, the group is announcing a $15 million investment in political advertising. Almost all of the funds will go toward lifting Democratic candidates in eight states, including three where the party hopes to pick up Senate seats. A central goal of these efforts is to turn more state legislatures blue, potentially paving the way for gun-control legislation at the state level.
Everytown has promised to spend a total of $60 million during the 2020 campaign. Of the initial $15 million outlay, $5 million will be spent entirely in Florida, the only state where the group has committed to advertising specifically on behalf of Biden. The rest of its expenditures will focus on congressional and state-level races.
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The new tech Cold War?
Citing national security concerns, the United States and its allies are pushing back more aggressively on China’s tech ambitions, most recently blocking Huawei’s access to Britain’s 5G market and threatening to ban the social media app TikTok. What’s driving the escalation in tensions now, and where will these and other cyber confrontations lead?
Join us today at 11 a.m. Eastern as our national security correspondent David E. Sanger and the DealBook team take a closer look at the evolving role of technology in U.S. national security strategy.