Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke today on the phone with President Trump about the U.S. decision to pull forces out of Syria.

  • Why it matters: This was the second call between Netanyahu and Trump this week on Syria, following Trump's call to brief Netanyahu on his upcoming withdrawal announcement. Israeli officials tell me Netanyahu is very disappointed by Trump's decision but is careful not to say it publicly.
  • Netanyahu's office says he and Trump discussed increasing cooperation against Iranian aggression. Earlier today, Netanyahu said at a meeting with his Greek and Cypriot counterparts, attended by U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman, that Israel would increase its efforts to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syria "with full support and backing from the U.S."

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Breaking down the Tesla obsession

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Tesla is the company of the moment — the prime exemplar of just about any big and important trend that you might care about.

Why it matters: Almost every reader of finance and business news will have at least one strongly-held opinion about Tesla. What you might not realize is just how widely those opinions range, and the degree to which they map onto much broader views of the world.

Gallup: Party preference swings dramatically in favor of Democrats

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Americans' political party preferences have swung sharply from a 2-point Republican advantage in January to an 11-point Democratic advantage in July, according to Gallup's monthly averages of telephone polls in 2020.

The big picture: The dramatic shift is more a product of fewer people identifying as Republican or Republican-leaning (down 8% since January) than gains among those who identify as Democratic or Democratic-leaning (up 5%).

Nancy Pelosi: "I yearn for other Republican presidents"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on President Trump Thursday to exercise "the full power" of the Defense Production Act to meet coronavirus equipment needs and accused him of engaging in a "massive dereliction of duty" by ignoring science during the pandemic.

What she's saying: "I yearn for other Republican presidents," Pelosi said at a press conference. "While we may have disagreed on many points, but at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country."