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President Trump's re-election campaign wields more money, staff, infrastructure and digital muscle than any Democrat — and a fan base that hears "impeachment" as a rallying cry, Jonathan Swan and Margaret Talev write.
The top takeaways:
1. Crushing the Never-Trumpers: Team Trump has "remade" the state parties in "the president's image," per one official — with 42 state party chair elections since the 2018 midterms. The Trump campaign isn't tolerating anti-Trump officials in state party leadership positions in 2020.
2. "New math": Tiny counties traditionally overlooked by candidates helped deliver Trump his 2016 victories in states like Wisconsin (where the smallest 48 counties = 22% of the statewide vote) and Pennsylvania (where the 45 smallest counties = 20% of the statewide vote), senior officials said.
3. "The DJT Disengager": These are voters who remain enthusiastic about Trump but didn't vote in the 2018 midterms when Trump wasn't on the ballot.
4. Making the best of his unpopularity: Impeachment has been good for business, advisers said.
5. The machine: The campaign is now trying to turn a single Trump rally into a "four or five day experience for that location," an official said, by building in an extra stop by Vice President Pence, local media hits from surrogates, targeted fundraising drives and volunteer outreach.
The House impeachment vote is expected Wednesday, sandwiched between a Tuesday vote on funding the government and a Thursday vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, Alayna Treene writes.
Above: House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) leaves after speaking briefly to the press, following the impeachment vote.
Below: Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), the committee's top Republican, arrives for the vote.
Starlings sit on the backs of fallow deer standing in the high grass of a nature reserve during drizzle in Moenchbruch, near Frankfurt, Germany.
The Xinjiang regional government in China's far west is deleting data, destroying documents and tightening controls on information, AP scoops.
Crisis meetings began after the N.Y. Times last month published "The Xinjiang Papers," a cache of internal speeches by top leaders, including Xi Jinping.
Xinjiang had mandated stricter controls on information before the news reports, then pressure rose, according to Uighurs outside Xinjiang.
In some cases, the state appears to be confiscating evidence of detentions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's landslide erased Britain's political map and upended its economy, The Atlantic's London-based Tom McTague writes in the best big picture piece on a stunning election with global echoes:
The bottom line: McTague calls it "a remarkable story of political change brought about by voters and politicians — and one politician in particular."
How the Boris romp played across the pond ...
A mystery man walked into a Walmart store in Anniston, Ala., and paid off tens of thousands of dollars in layaway purchases for several people, leaving some with tears of joy, WBMA-TV (ABC) reports.
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