🚨 Situational awareness: FBI Director Chris Wray told the House Judiciary Committee that Russia is engaged in "information warfare" heading into November's election. (AP)
President Trump's acquittal ended his impeachment trial, but Democrats and Republicans — in both the House and Senate — plan to reignite the Ukraine battle with new investigations, and waves of document and witness subpoenas.
Why it matters: The bitter debate over U.S. interactions with Ukraine isn't dying with the end of the impeachment trial.
The backdrop: Every Democrat voted to convict Trump, with Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah voting to convict Trump on abuse of power.
The House side: Several Democrats want to continue investigating Trump and Ukraine, and are considering subpoenaing everyone from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas to top current and former White House aides.
Some Senate Republicans remain hungry for Biden blood.
Between the lines: Other Hill Republicans tell Axios there's little appetite to truly go after the Bidens now that Trump has been acquitted.
Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah explained his vote to convict President Trump in a note to his Republican colleagues, hand-signed "Mitt" in blue ink and delivered to their individual boxes in the Senate cloakroom, Axios' Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene report.
The backlash from Trump and his allies was instantaneous and ferocious.
From Romney's floor speech:
[W]ith my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability, believing that my country expected it of me. I will only be one name among many, no more or less, to future generations of Americans who look at the record of this trial. They will note merely that I was among the senators who determined that what the President did was wrong, grievously wrong.
We’re all footnotes at best in the annals of history. But in the most powerful nation on Earth, the nation conceived in liberty and justice, that is distinction enough for any citizen.
Pete Buttigieg, 38, and Bernie Sanders, 78, are nearly tied with 97% of Iowa results counted, and AP says it still doesn't have enough data to declare a winner.
😱 Some tally sheets were making their way to party headquarters in Des Moines through the mail, AP reported.
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Homelessness is on the rise in many of America's biggest and most expensive cities — but it's a growing problem in rural areas, too, writes Axios' Kim Hart.
"In rural communities, there's not a typical place where people experiencing homelessness might gather, such as a food pantry, soup kitchen or public library — places in urban areas where you might be able to see people more easily," said Shaye Rabold of the Kentucky Housing Corporation.
Few details are out, but a heads-up ... The Department of Homeland Security said it'll no longer let New York state residents "enroll or re-enroll" in Global Entry, a Trusted Traveler program that speeds members through customs, because of a new state "sanctuary" law blocking immigration officials from motor-vehicle records.
Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, who signed the letter, called New York's law "disappointing" during an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson last night.
Joe Biden speaks to a supporter yesterday in Somersworth, N.H. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Guy Cecil — chairman of Priorities USA, one of the most powerful outside Democratic groups — is out with a post-impeachment memo, "Democrats Must Focus on Kitchen Table Issues," with advice for presidential candidates:
[Trump] remains in a relatively strong position to be re-elected ... If Democrats want to win, we ... must increase our focus on the issues that affect voters’ lives on a daily basis.
Our last battleground poll found that 53 percent of voters viewed health care as more of a reason to elect someone other than Trump while just 29 percent viewed it as a reason to re-elect him. The numbers were not much better with white women without a college degree (a critical group for Trump). 50 percent of these voters view health care as a reason to elect someone else versus just 32 percent for re-election.
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tells me that a lot of time was wasted with repetitious arguments at President Trump's impeachment trial, and that any future trials should be streamlined.
Paul said the Democratic House managers "said the same thing over and over again, every 30 minutes for 24 hours."
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The New York Times will debut an ad for its "1619 Project," which focuses on examining the legacy of slavery in America, during the Oscars on Sunday, which features singer, actor and producer Janelle Monáe, reports Axios' Sara Fischer.
The SEC dominates college-football recruiting: It had six of the nation's top eight recruiting classes, per 247Sports rankings reported by AP.