🥞 Happy Sunday! Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,180 words ... 4½ minutes.
What's new: This morning, Axios AM goes back and puts in order for you the most important things we have learned about President Trump and Ukraine.
This happened fast. It was Sept. 24 — 19 days ago — that Speaker Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry. Here's what has happened since then, told here with the help of my colleague Zach Basu:
Trump maintains that the contents of the conversation were "perfect."
The first witness to be deposed in the House's impeachment inquiry was former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.
4 plot twists:
The bottom line: Barring dramatic new information, expect Trump — like Bill Clinton — to be impeached by the House, then acquitted by the Senate.
The U.S. is "preparing to evacuate" about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria "as safely and quickly as possible," Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS News' "Face the Nation":
Hunter Biden announced today that he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month, as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his father win the presidency. (AP)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted yesterday that her campaign created a Facebook ad with false claims (about Mark Zuckerberg!) and submitted it to Facebook "to see if it’d be approved." It was.
Our thought bubble: Warren and Mark Zuckerberg are convenient political targets for one another, Axios media expert Sara Fischer writes.
Facebook has been under pressure over the past week from activists who argue it shouldn't allow politicians to be exempt from its fact-checking policy for ads.
The big picture: The false ad spat is the latest tit-for-tat in a growing battle between Zuckerberg and Warren, which has mostly been escalated by Warren.
🎧 Go deeper: Listen to Axios' Dan Primack's recent Pro Rata podcast episode with The Verge's Casey Newton, "Mark Zuckerberg vs. Elizabeth Warren."
What's new: "More companies in the past two years have started bolstering their executive contracts [to give] them more leeway to fire executives for posting something inappropriate online," the Wall Street Journal reports.
As Congress returns from break this week, at least two witnesses plan revealing testimony in off-camera depositions for House investigators:
1) Tomorrow ... Fiona Hill, who until summer was senior director for Europe and Russia on President Trump's National Security Council, plans to testify that Rudy Giuliani and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland circumvented normal process "to pursue a shadow policy on Ukraine," NBC News reports.
2) Thursday ... Sondland "intends to tell Congress this week that the content of a text message he wrote denying a quid pro quo with Ukraine was relayed to him directly by President Trump in a phone call," the WashPost's Aaron Davis and John Hudson report.
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios
What's new: Increasingly cheap AI systems have the ability to monitor every employee in a store, at a call center or on a factory floor, Axios emerging tech reporter Kaveh Waddell writes.
Why it matters: Companies can use this data to juice workers' productivity and efficiency.
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