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The same American CEOs and celebrities who publish bold op-eds and stand up for social issues in the U.S. are playing censor for Beijing and cozying up to the Saudi royals, Axios' Erica Pandey writes.
The latest: China has been twisting the NBA's arm over a single pro-Hong Kong tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.
The big picture: It's not just China. American companies have long ignored attacks against democratic values in authoritarian countries that are willing to shell out for their products or services.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudi royal family, but it's business as usual between U.S. companies and the Saudi government.
But no country has pushed American people and companies around like China.
What to watch: China is only getting richer.
WashPost lead print headline: "Republicans' frustration with Trump is rising ... MOVES ON SYRIA, UKRAINE, G-7 DIM SUPPORT ... A growing reluctance to 'defend the indefensible.'"
Milestones ... First House R "thinking about" impeachment ... Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), asked whether he thinks Trump's conduct is impeachable, said: "I'm still thinking about it."
In a lunch with Republican colleagues on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell portrayed President Trump's impeachment by the House, and therefore trial by the Senate, as all but inevitable. (N.Y. Times)
After 1,000 days of the Trump Show, the capacity for surprise has long since diminished and comments or actions that would have set off days of front-page coverage and howls from Capitol Hill now barely register.
The shocker that consumed Twitter three hours ago is so quickly overwhelmed by the next one that it seems impossible to digest any single moment to assess its meaning or consequences.— Peter Baker of The New York Times, "On Day 1,001, Trump Made It Clear: Being 'Presidential' Is Boring: If he acted 'presidential,' Mr. Trump said Thursday night in Dallas, 'everybody would be out of here so fast.'"
The State Department completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action, AP reports.
The letter said investigators had found "no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information."
"SoftBank Group Corp. is assembling a rescue financing plan for WeWork that may value the office-sharing company below $8 billion," per Bloomberg.
With leaders across Europe tuning in, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said defiantly that he won't negotiate a further delay to leave the European Union, after Parliament voted today to postpone a vote on his Brexit deal. (Reuters)
This has gone on three years: Britain voted on June 23, 2016, to leave the EU.
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exit the International Space Station yesterday as the world’s first female spacewalking team.
Girl Scouts and parents sent messages of thanks and encouragement via social media.
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