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In an all-women focus group in Appleton, Wis., some participants suggested President Trump would win on personality over Sen. Elizabeth Warren, even though they preferred her left-wing populism, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
The big picture: Most of the group preferred a left-leaning set of policies to a right-leaning set when no names were attached. But when listening to Warren talk about them in clips from the last debate, they were skeptical.
What they're saying: "Everything she said was great. But to me it's like: Right, that's not going to happen," said Sandy D., a 62-year-old Clinton voter.
The group was presented with two sets of policies, without names attached.
President Trump acknowledged yesterday that a July phone call with the president of Ukraine, now fueling more aggressive impeachment talk by senior House Democrats, included talk about Joe Biden and his son, Hunter:
"The conversation I had was largely congratulatory. It was largely corruption — all of the corruption taking place. It was largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice President Biden and his son, creating [adding] to the corruption already in the Ukraine. ...
"Any time I’m on the phone with a foreign leader, many, many people are on the line. ... There was no quid pro quo."
Behind the scenes: When House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff yesterday signaled new openness to impeachment (saying Trump "may force us to go down this road"), Speaker Pelosi knew it was coming, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
P.S. "Senior Ukrainian officials said they were blindsided over the summer when they heard the United States would withhold security assistance to the country," the N.Y. Times' Andrew Kramer reports from Kyiv, the capital.
Saving by Americans "was up 17% in 2018 from the previous year ... beating consumer spending’s 5.2% and business investment’s 7.8%," the Wall Street Journal's Paul Kiernan reports (subscription).
Both 5 p.m. ET yesterday:
"RIP" was written in stones, and activist hikers wore black, during a memorial service yesterday in front of the "dying" Pizol glacier in the Swiss Alps. (BBC)
Cheered by nearly 50,000 Indian Americans at a Houston rally dubbed "Howdy, Modi," two of the world’s most polarizing leaders — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Trump — "circled the floor of NRG Stadium holding hands." (Houston Chronicle)
"We are going to take care of our Indian American citizens before we take care of illegal immigrants that want to pour into our country."
The UN climate change summit kicks off today, a week after oil prices jumped more than they ever have in history, Axios' Amy Harder writes from New York in her weekly energy column, Harder Line.
The data: Just 57% of Americans — a record low — say they are worried about energy affordability, according to Gallup data going back to 2001.
Streaming services are putting up billions of dollars to win the rights to TV classics like "Friends" and "Seinfeld," both of which debuted over two decades ago on broadcast, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer writes.
Case-in-point: Hulu, which currently owns the streaming rights for "Seinfeld," reportedly paid $130 million to stream the show domestically over six years starting in 2015.
What to watch: Streamers will eventually need to invest in their own versions of what will one day be considered catalog content.
The big-screen encore of "Downton Abbey" thumped both Brad Pitt's "Ad Astra" and Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo: Last Blood" in theaters over the weekend in one of the more unlikely box office upsets, AP reports.
"Emmy voters went off script, often in shocking ways," L.A. Times entertainment columnist Glen Whipp writes. "The Emmys have never been so damn good."
See winners list, with pics.
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