🎰 Good Thursday morning from Vegas. Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,175 words ... 4.5 minutes.
The House's formal impeachment inquiry is just 10 days old, but has swiftly transcended D.C. inertia and swept in huge swaths of America's government:
Why it matters: We thought nothing could break through Washington gridlock, nothing could stick to Trump, and nothing could command sustained attention in this media environment.
Two things we learned yesterday, from Axios' Zach Basu:
1) House Democratic leaders struck a tough, insistent tone, and committees are threatening the White House with subpoenas if it doesn't meet tight timelines.
2) Trump, who always needs a foil, and his media chorus are trying to make Schiff the face of the inquiry, way more than Pelosi.
What's next: Congress hears its first impeachment witness today.
💣 Just posted at The Atlantic ... George T. Conway III argues in an 11,400-word essay, "Unfit for Office," that Trump's "ingrained and extreme behavioral characteristics make it impossible for him to carry out the duties of the presidency in the way the Constitution requires."
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
The impeachment war has hastened Speaker Pelosi's determination to approve a trade deal with Mexico and Canada, making it the one thing most likely to get done this year, lawmakers and their aides tell Axios' Stef Kight and Alayna Treene.
The state of play: Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), lawmakers in the USMCA working group and others are meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico on Tuesday to discuss the deal, Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), a member of the working group, told Axios.
What's next: Democratic aides also said they were optimistic about passing legislation to address high drug prices along with USMCA. House Democrats will almost certainly pass a drug pricing bill.
Inside Fuyao Glass, a Chinese-owned factory in Moraine, Ohio. Photo: Andrew Spear/Washington Post/Getty Images
As the Trump administration ramps up the trade war with China, a number of foreign companies are reconsidering their place in the U.S., writes Axios' Erica Pandey.
Why it matters: Almost a fifth of all manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are created by foreign companies that put their factories in American towns to get closer to the U.S. market, according to Brookings, and around a quarter of U.S. exports come from factories owned by foreign countries, reports the Washington Post.
Spotted at Tuesday's Nats-Brewers NL wild-card game at Nationals Park in Washington ...
In a quarterly poll of Democratic primary voters for Third Way, the center-left think tank, David Binder Research found:
From a Kamala Harris interview with Molly Ball in the forthcoming TIME:
No other 2020 Democrat at a gun-policy forum yesterday endorsed Beto O'Rourke's proposal to implement a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports from Vegas.
O'Rourke explicitly called out Pete Buttigieg — both on stage and in a brief press conference — for their disagreement on this issue:
Above, Gabby Giffords asks Joe Biden a question from the audience.
"Spurred by cheap loans and investors desperate to boost returns, buyout firms roam every corner of the corporate world," according to the forthcoming Bloomberg Businessweek:
[H]aving once operated on the comfortable margins of Wall Street, private equity is now facing tougher questions from politicians, regulators, and activists. One of PE’s superpowers is that it's hard for outsiders to see and understand the industry.
Twitter has started a video series called #HerStory that highlights the work and lives of women journalists.
A change to U.S. copyright law in the late 70s allows authors to reclaim rights to their work from studios after a few decades, so the passage of time may now "unsettle who owns the ability to make sequels and reboots of iconic films from the mid- to late-'80s," per The Hollywood Reporter.
Why it matters: "Studios might be hesitant to greenlight anything under a legal cloud."