Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert on the National Security Council, shot back at the Republican counsel during Thursday's impeachment hearing for suggesting that she had concerns about Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's judgment, as her successor Tim Morrison testified earlier this week.

Why it matters: Republicans have used Morrison's testimony to try to discredit Vindman, a decorated Army officer and Ukraine expert who testified that he reported his concerns about Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president to White House lawyers. Hill argued that her comments to Morrison were in the context of Vindman's military experience, and that she believed he may not have been as well suited to a position that was becoming increasingly political.

  • "I did not feel he had the political antennae to deal with something that was straying into domestic politics," Hill said. "Not everyone is suited for that. That does not mean in any way I was questioning his overall judgment. Nor was I questioning his substantive expertise."
  • Hill added: "This was a very specific issue because by June, we saw things were diverging. And you needed completely different sensitivities. ... We were concerned about how he would manage what was becoming a highly charged and partisan issue, which it had not been before."

Go deeper: Live updates from Hill and David Holmes' testimony

Go deeper

As boycott grows, Facebook juggles rights groups and advertisers

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As an advertiser boycott of Facebook over its tolerance of hate speech continues to snowball, the company has begun making small, incremental changes to mollify activists while it tries to buy time to evolve its content policies.

Driving the news: Sources tell Axios that the product and policy changes sought by the #StopHateForProfit campaign were long under discussion both inside Facebook and with some external groups. Meanwhile, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly told employees that the boycotting advertisers will be back before long.

Replacing the nursing home

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Nursing homes have been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, prompting more urgent discussions about alternative housing situations for elderly Americans.

Why it matters: Deaths in nursing homes and residential care facilities account for 45% of COVID-19 related deaths, per the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity — but there are few other viable housing options for seniors.

57 mins ago - Health

How Joe Biden would tackle the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If Joe Biden wins in November, his coronavirus response would feature a no-expenses-spared federal approach to mitigating the virus and a beefed-up safety net for those suffering its economic consequences.

Why it matters: It’s nearly inevitable that the U.S. will still be dealing with the pandemic come January 2021, meaning voters in America will choose between two very different options for dealing with it.