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In the thick of 2020 hopefuls, one candidate is emerging as an early dark horse. Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has in recent weeks catapulted from a little-known presidential long shot to a social-media darling and top-tier contender. “Mayor Pete,” as he’s affectionately known, hasn’t registered above 4 percent in any poll, yet he’s garnered an eye-popping $7 million fundraising haul in the first quarter. But will Buttigieg’s star power flame out, or only continue to brighten? Early dark-horse candidates in elections past might give some insight: The bubble often pops and sends them plummeting back to Earth, with one big exception … President Donald Trump.
The head of NATO gave an address to Congress, as the strained alliance turns 70. Trump has time and time again criticized NATO over defense spending and questioned America’s commitment, but Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg mostly eschewed the president’s pugilism, instead thanking America for its contributions and echoing the president’s message for more defense spending. The Trump administration might take NATO for granted, but one country still really wants to join: Georgia, perched on Russia’s doorstep, and the top non-NATO contributor to the coalition mission in Afghanistan.