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President Trump's expected announcement at 9 a.m. ET of the death of shadowy ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi makes this one of the most important days of the Trump presidency, Jonathan Swan writes.
The big picture: The al-Baghdadi raid demonstrates value of continued U.S. engagement in the region, and helps explain why Iraq’s president and others are so worried about Trump’s planned retreat.
The story began emerging late last night, with Trump tweeting at 9:23 p.m.: "Something very big has just happened!" Here are the overnight details from AP:
The backstory, from AP: The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate."
In the first week of April, the tide of the Democratic primary flipped, leading to the emergence of Elizabeth Warren — not Bernie Sanders — as the clear progressive favorite in the 2020 field, Axios' Neal Rothschild writes.
Warren's move on student debt and subsequent rise in national polls coincides with a major polling surge among young voters.
Go deeper: The Axios 2020 Attention Tracker library.
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In a report first shared with Axios, LDV Capital, a venture firm that invests in visual technologies, predicts an upheaval in manufacturing and logistics, driven primarily by computer vision.
A big unsolved problem is imbuing robots with a deeper understanding of the world around them, so that they can interpret what they see.
This month's mass protests in Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and the Middle East were fueled by local grievances, but reflect worldwide frustration at inequality, corrupt elites and broken promises, AP's Joseph Krauss reports:
Why it matters: The unrest on three continents, coupled with the toxic dysfunction in Washington and London, raises fresh concerns over whether the liberal international order, with free elections and free markets, can still deliver.
Phil Reeker, the acting assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, told House impeachment investigators Saturday "that top officials stymied a show of solidarity for the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine after President Trump had her removed," the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
Reeker said he was disturbed by the effort to oust Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and had supported efforts by some officials in the department to put out statements of support that weren't allowed to be released. (AP)
"The Late Show" ... So far, games in this Fall Classic are averaging 3 hours, 54 minutes, meaning they end at midnight, AP's Ben Walker writes:
The break between half-innings is now 2 minutes, 55 seconds, up from the 2:05 for most regular-season games.
At Nationals Park and Minute Maid Park, there have been plenty of empty seats at the end.
The "Saturday Night Live" cold open was a rally by "President Trump," played by Alec Baldwin, with Darrell Hammond playing President Clinton (but looking like Al Gore, to be honest) as he crashed the podium:
Michael Che during "Weekend Update" (via N.Y. Times' Dave Itzkoff):
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