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Public support for President Trump's impeachment is higher than it was for Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton when the House launched impeachment inquiries against them.
Keep in mind: A majority of the public didn't support impeaching Nixon until a few weeks before he resigned.
Mark Zaid, the attorney representing the Ukraine-call whistleblower, says he now represents a second whistleblower — an intelligence official with "firsthand knowledge of some of the allegations outlined in the original complaint," ABC's George Stephanopoulos reported at the top of "This Week."
P.S. Trump "has ordered a substantial reduction in the staff of the National Security Council ... part of a White House effort to make its foreign policy arm leaner under new National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien," Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs and Justin Sink report.
President Trump told House Republicans that he called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the urging of Energy Secretary Rick Perry and didn't even want to make the call, Axios' Alayna Treene scoops.
One source on the call said Trump added that "more of this will be coming out in the next few days" — referring to Perry.
Reality check: Text messages between Trump officials and Andrey Yermak, a top aide to Zelensky, suggest that Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was a primary advocate for arranging the call.
Sen. Kamala Harris steps off a trolley to address a group of supporters at the Charleston County Democratic Party's Blue Jamboree in North Charleston, South Carolina, which drew seven 2020 candidates.
With a Saturday night op-ed, Joe Biden "sought to take a more aggressive tone in combating President Trump, a shift in strategy amid signs of worry among campaign donors and supporters that his message is getting lost in an onslaught from the White House," the WashPost's Matt Viser writes.
Enough is enough. Every day — every few hours, seemingly — more evidence is uncovered revealing that President Trump is abusing the power of the presidency and is wholly unfit to be president. ...
While the House does its job on impeachment, I’m going to stay focused on what matters: remaking education so every child in the country is equipped to succeed in the 21st century; getting weapons of war off the streets and ending the epidemic of gun violence; building on Obamacare so that every American has access to quality, affordable health care; taking on the climate emergency imperiling the planet; and much more.
"Pope Francis formally opened a meeting of bishops that will debate whether the Catholic Church should loosen its 1,000-year-old requirement of celibacy for priests," the Wall Street Journal reports from Vatican City (subscription).
At first, only a small number of married men would become priests.
In his homily today, "at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope didn’t refer specifically to the celibacy debate, but called generally for innovation in the church’s ministry," per the Journal.
At the world track and field championships in Qatar, Braima Suncar Dabo of Guinea-Bissau "literally drags" the exhausted Jonathan Busby of Aruba to the finish line during the men's 5,000 meters heats.
Hear the live call, see the finish (scroll down to second video window):
As Kendall Baker would say: "Sports, man!'
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