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⚡ Breaking: House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said on ABC's "This Week" that he's reached an agreement with the whistleblower to come before the committee.
Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,093 words ... 4 minutes.
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Why it matters: Trump tries to plant seeds of suspicion and doubt, even if he doesn't actually prove a case. He incubates the attacks in perpetuity, rather than seeking an actual resolution.
This is how Trump has worked for years — and not just when he has an election opponent:
1. When Trump promoted the "birther" conspiracy against Barack Obama.
2. When Trump leveled charges of voter fraud in the 2016 election.
3. When Trump accused Obama of tapping his phones.
4. When Trump cast "deep state" government workers as agents covertly working to undermine the policy aims of his administration.
5. When Trump paints immigrants as criminals.
6. When Trump hammered (and continues to hammer) Clinton over her emails.
Speaker Pelosi said yesterday at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin: "I'm saying to the president and I'm saying to you, 'You've come into my wheelhouse now. I have 25 years of experience in intelligence.'"
That quote captures the speaker's mood and posture after a week in which her quiet patience on impeachment looked vindicated:
This week's UN meeting in New York reveals a world in a really bad mood, with speech after gloomy speech by leaders from all corners of the planet, AP's Ted Anthony writes:
Why it matters: "The United Nations was founded in an optimistic fervor after World War II's devastation, on the notion that a cooperative body of countries could construct a brighter future by learning to get along."
A Lego event in Helsinki yesterday included this Lego city.
About half of the world's militaries now fly drones, according to a new study that reveals the swift spread of a critical technology that until recently was too expensive or sophisticated for most countries, Axios' Kaveh Waddell writes.
The takeaways: From cheap, off-the-shelf quadcopters to enormous, missile-toting aircraft, flying drones are proliferating widely.
Ahead of a massive military parade marking Tuesday's 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong police fired blue dye at pro-democracy protesters, who threw petrol bombs, CNN reports.
What's next: A parade Tuesday by China's secretive military will offer a rare look at its rapidly developing arsenal, including possibly a nuclear-capable missile that could reach the United States in 30 minutes, as Beijing gets closer to matching Washington and other powers in weapons technology. (AP)
President Trump is on track for the poorest showing by a Republican presidential candidate in California since the Civil War, according to the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll for the L.A. Times.
A 20-year-old student at Arizona State University broke Friday's news of the departure of a key State Department official who was involved in talks between President Trump and the Ukrainian government, AP reports.
When the story went online, Howard was working in the newsroom of the big Phoenix paper, the Arizona Republic, where he's an intern.
A butcher in New York's Hudson Valley has opened vending machines stocked with vacuum-sealed packages of Porterhouse steaks, short ribs and rack of lamb, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports.
What's next: A Westchester County location with 12 vending machines.
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