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House Democrats' heightened hunger for impeachment is being fueled by President Trump's scorched-earth strategy of rebuffing every congressional demand for information related to the special counsel's Russia probe.
The bottom line:
Be smart: Some Trump advisers would love nothing more than Dems trying to impeach him before 2020. It's win-win in their minds, per Axios' Jonathan Swan:
"The U.S. increased tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25% ... and threatened to impose additional levies on virtually everything China exports to the U.S. ... Beijing said it would retaliate," per the Wall Street Journal (subscription).
What's next: Though talks are set to resume today, "some close observers said they were not hopeful for any meaningful breakthroughs," per Bloomberg.
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Big Tech is urging regulators to adopt approaches from the past to regulate their businesses, including self-regulation, Axios' David McCabe reports:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the Mueller investigation, held a farewell ceremony yesterday with Attorney General William Barr (left) and former A.G. Jeff Sessions.
Jeff Bezos said his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house on the moon, Axios' Miriam Kramer reports.
What's new: North Korea’s two missile tests this week signal "it is serious about developing new, short-range weapons that could be used early and effectively in any war with South Korea and the United States," per Reuters.
A single senator criticizing a fellow senator of the same party, especially a committee chair, is rare enough.
A Trump ally said: "We're drawing battle lines: If you touch Don, we'll come after you. ... And our base will come after you."
What's next: We're told Don Jr. won't show up. Options include daring the committee to hold him in contempt, taking the Fifth in writing, or (most likely) a compromise like answering written questions.
Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy on the "awkward from the start" White House ceremony honoring the World Series champion Boston Red Sox:
As was the case when the Super Bowl champion Patriots visited in 2017, ... only team personnel who were in attendance were cited by the president. ...
A casual observer might wonder how the 2018 Sox won 108 games without a manager or an MVP right fielder.
Analytics are driving teams to hyper-optimize their strategies: NFL passing is way up and MLB home runs have risen to historic heights — but neither can touch the rise of the NBA three-pointer, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon writes:
Nike will add a foot scanner to its app this summer that'll measure the length and width of your feet when you point the camera at them, AP's Joseph Pisani writes.
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