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Republicans have embraced impeachment as a boost for fundraising and messaging more easily than Democrats, who are playing up a few impeachment "villains" to swing voters — but are making it clear they’d rather talk about health care, Axios' Alayna Treene and Alexi McCammond report.
Republicans are more than happy to talk about their impeachment fundraising — a big contrast to Democrats.
By contrast, the House Democrats' campaign committee (DCCC) said it has no impeachment-related donor or dollar figures to share.
Three Republican foils beyond Trump have emerged in Democratic messaging: Nunes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham.
Health care is the preferred focus for Democratic officials because of the margins they see in polling, especially with swing voters.
🗞️ How it's playing:
"In the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 91% of self-identified Republicans said they approve of the job President Trump is doing, while just 6% of Democrats said they approve," the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
DNC chair Tom Perez spent more than 20 hours on the phone this weekend trying to save Thursday's debate in L.A. from crumbling after a labor dispute prompted candidates to threaten a boycott, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
Perez called leaders from UNITE HERE Local 11 — a labor union that represents more than 32,000 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona — and Sodexo, the company that employs those workers and handles food service operations for Loyola Marymount University.
Editor's note: This item has been corrected to reflect the fact that this week's debate will take place on Thursday (not Wednesday).
Above: In Bastogne, Belgium, Speaker Pelosi leans in to hear veteran George Merz at a lunch Saturday saluting the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.
Below: World War II veteran George Arnstein hears a U.S. Army Band bugler play Taps during a ceremony yesterday at the World War II Memorial, in D.C.
William Webster, the only person to serve as director of both the FBI and the CIA, writes in a N.Y. Times op-ed:
I am deeply disturbed by the assertion of President Trump that our "current director" — as he refers to the man he selected for the job of running the F.B.I. — cannot fix what the president calls a broken agency. ...
The president’s thinly veiled suggestion that the director, Christopher Wray, like his banished predecessor, James Comey, could be on the chopping block, disturbs me greatly. The independence of both the F.B.I. and its director is critical and should be fiercely protected by each branch of government.
Workers walk to the Boeing 737 factory on Monday. Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images
Boeing's decision to indefinitely halt production of its controversial 737 MAX will test the U.S. economy — as well as tens of thousands of aerospace workers and airlines that are waiting for planes to be delivered, writes Axios' Joann Muller.
"A former investment manager alleges in a whistleblower complaint to the Internal Revenue Service that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has amassed about $100 billion in accounts intended for charitable purposes," the WashPost reports on A1.
"A spokesman for the church did not respond to detailed questions from The Post about the complaint. 'The Church does not provide information about specific transactions or financial decisions,' spokesman Eric Hawkins said."
The Sackler family withdrew more than $10 billion from Purdue Pharma "as scrutiny of [the company's] role in the opioid epidemic intensified during the past dozen years," according to a new audit by the company, report the N.Y. Times' Jan Hoffman and Danny Hakim.
LSU QB Joe Burrow used his Heisman acceptance speech over the weekend to highlight food insecurity issues for families in his hometown of Athens, Ohio, prompting a massive surge of online support, writes The Columbus Dispatch's Sheridan Hendrix.
"A Facebook fundraiser, started by Athens resident Will Drabold, had raised more than $260,000 as of Monday evening for the Athens County Food Pantry."
Cheers often erupted during last night's Hollywood premiere of "The Rise of Skywalker," the end of the "Star Wars" franchise's third trilogy, AP's Jonathan Landrum Jr. reports.
The film, which ran for nearly 2½ hours, is the ninth film in the core "Star Wars" story. It arrives in theaters Friday.
Fans turned the premiere into a living tribute to various eras of the space epic franchise, with some dressing up like Mark Hamill's Luke and Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia from the original 1977 film.
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