🏛️ Milestone: At 1 p.m. today, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold their first official hearing in what they're calling an impeachment investigation. (AP)
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Security officials and social media giants are warning that additional countries — specifically Iran and China — could pose a misinformation threat to U.S. elections in 2020 similar to Russia's interference in 2016, Axios' Sara Fischer writes as part of our series, "Misinformation Age."
China: While neither platform has uncovered a misinformation campaign originating from China targeting the U.S., experts say we should be prepared for something along those lines.
Bill Gates, in an interview about a Gates Foundation report on global inequality that's out today, told Axios that gender inequality cuts across every single country on earth — a shortfall that unites the U.S. and the developing world.
The report's most memorable sentence: "Where you are born is more predictive of your future than any other factor."
Gates told me he remains concerned about discussion in the U.S. "about turning inward."
Go deeper: Read the report, "Examining Inequality."
Bill Gates, who donated $2 million to the MIT Media Lab at the request of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, told Axios yesterday: "I wish I hadn't met with him."
Why it matters: A Gates official told Ito, in an email obtained by Axios' Felix Salmon, that Gates wanted the $2 million unrestricted gift to be anonymous.
Asked if he feels used by Epstein, Gates told me: "I'd say I didn't have a ... business or personal relationship — I wouldn't go that far."
Gates, at the end of a phone interview about a new Gates Foundation report, "Examining Inequality," said: "I won't say I knew him that well, because he was introduced to me as somebody who could bring more people into philanthropy."
Go deeper: See the email from Gates' office.
President Trump has awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to a quartet of famous former athletes in recent months:
Robin Pogrebin — co-author with Kate Kelly of "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh," out today — told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell why she thinks an exculpatory fact about Kavanaugh was originally omitted in an adaptation of the book by their paper, the N.Y. Times, a widely criticized blunder:
A sneak peek at the book, which says Kavanaugh became "a human Rorschach test":
Even Kavanaugh loyalists said his [at times angry] testimony was a serious mistake, though perhaps not of his own making. Many suspected that he was performing for "an audience of one," meaning President Trump, who was widely known to have been disappointed in Kavanaugh's muted demeanor during [a] Fox News interview and who himself adopts more aggressive responses when under attack.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said President Trump should consider attacking Iranian oil refineries in retaliation for the drone strikes on Saudi oil plants, per Bloomberg.
"Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative for Iran, spoke with congressional staffers from the national security committees about the situation in a call Monday afternoon," the WashPost reports.
"Cities across California have followed Santa Monica’s lead in limiting the type and number of [scooters and other] micro-mobility devices that move inside their borders and how those vehicles are deployed," the L.A. Times' Sonja Sharp reports.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products, AP reports.
A spokesman for Juul, Ted Kwong, said the company applauds action to crack down on counterfeit and knockoff vaping products.
Look for extensive new information on how Deutsche Bank financially supported President Trump and his family in "Dark Towers," coming Feb. 18 from David Enrich, the finance editor of the New York Times.
Sean Spicer debuted last night on the season premiere of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," as part of "a new, well-known and energetic cast of 12 celebrities ready to move out of their comfort zones."