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House Democrats plan to probe every aspect of President Trump’s life and work, from family business dealings to the Space Force to his tax returns to possible "leverage" by Russia, top Democrats tell us.
Incoming House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told “Axios on HBO” that he expects Trump to resist the committees' requests, demands and subpoenas — likely pushing fights over documents and testimony as far as the Supreme Court.
Top Democrats, who had largely avoided the subject during the campaign, now tell us they plan to almost immediately begin exploring possible grounds for impeachment. A public report by Robert Mueller would ignite the kindling.
Two of the most powerful incoming chairs tell "Axios on HBO" that they are plotting action far beyond Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
1) Schiff, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, told us he wants to help special counsel Robert Mueller, and plans to release — with some redactions of classified material — transcripts of dozens of interviews the committee conducted during its own Russia probe.
2) Incoming House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey of New York, a close ally of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, said "yes" to each of a long list of possible investigative targets, including the Space Force, hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, White House security clearances, White House use of personal email and more.
We reminded Lowey and Schiff of a Jonathan Swan scoop from August, "Republicans secretly study their coming hell," reporting that House Republicans had built a spreadsheet of potential investigation targets, based on Democrats' public complaints and statements.
Trump is already signaling confrontation, saying at his post-election news conference that if Dems investigate him, the result will be "a warlike posture."
Be smart: For 225+ years, federal courts have upheld the Constitution's mandate of Congress as an equal branch of government, providing checks and balances on the executive. So House Democrats have a high hand as they assume power.
Many Americans think people in the other party are ignorant, spiteful, evil and generally destroying the country, according to a new Axios poll by SurveyMonkey, aired on HBO on Sunday night.
The suspicion runs so deep, Axios managing editor Kim Hart writes, that a third of all Americans say they'd be disappointed if a close family member married someone whose party didn't match their own.
About half of Democrats think Republicans are ignorant (54%) and spiteful (44%). Likewise, about half of Republicans think Democrats are ignorant (49%) and spiteful (54%).
Good news! A handful of people think their fellow Americans are OK.
The catch: The share of Americans who have such generous impressions is roughly equal to the poll's margin of error, which is 3%.
"Women Campaigning for Office: Then vs. Now" ... This inspiring video by Perri Peltz and Matthew O'Neill, co-directors and co-producers of "Axios on HBO," shows the new way women ran — and won — in the Trump era.
Above: Charred remains of an old pickup truck at Point Dume, along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif.
Below: Santos Alvarado (right) and his son Ricky recover a safe deposit box from their destroyed home at Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park in Agoura Hills, Calif.
At yesterday's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, "the president who proudly declares himself a 'nationalist' stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise," AP's Darlene Superville and Jill Colvin report from Paris:
"Trump was terse during some of his private conversations with world leaders, according to people with direct knowledge of his visit. One of the people described the president as 'grumpy.'"
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America’s divisive politics and the sheer math of cutting heat-trapping emissions indicate the world’s prospect of substantively tackling climate change is getting out of reach, Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" energy column.
The math is a big problem. It’s like if you had a marathon in one direction, and instead you turn around and start running in the other direction.
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Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts, "travelled to a dozen states, to campaign for Democratic candidates in the midterms, and, in the process, to generate the kind of good will and name recognition that could help him if he chooses to run for President in 2020," The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin writes:
First on Axios ... Facebook names Anne Kornblut — an alumnus of the Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post who has been at the company for three years — to the new position of Director of News, New Initiatives.
The new thing: "dog hikers" ... "Rich New Yorkers who feel bad about keeping their dogs inside all day are paying dog hikers to let them run free in the country," the N.Y. Times' Kate Dwyer reports: