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⚡Situational awareness: PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast U.S. support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim.
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Joe Biden told me during an interview in Storm Lake, Iowa, for "Axios on HBO" that stuttering isn't to blame for a string of his verbal mistakes during the 2020 campaign.
Joe Biden at Water's Edge Nature Center in Algona, Iowa. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Rural Iowans who met Joe Biden during his weeklong bus tour say they want a nominee who works with Republicans — and they aren't fixated on impeachment or liberal proposals like the Green New Deal, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports from Cedar Rapids.
After his last event on Friday — where he ended by passing out pizza to his local volunteers and staff in Decorah — Biden talked with a small group of reporters on his bus, emphasizing compromise.
The House is rapidly headed toward the real work of impeachment this week, with articles expected to be introduced and voted on in the House Judiciary Committee, AP's Mary Clare Jalonick reports.
Republican members of the Judiciary and Intel committees met last night for an intense prep session, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
"A confidential trove of government documents obtained by the Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign," Craig Whitlock writes.
"[P]eople who were directly involved in the war could not shake their doubts about the strategy and mission, even as Presidents Bush, Obama and ... Trump told the American people it was necessary to keep fighting," the Post reports.
Go deeper ... "The Afghanistan papers: A secret history of the war."
"Beijing has ordered all government offices and public institutions to remove foreign computer equipment and software within three years, in a potential blow to the likes of HP, Dell and Microsoft," the Financial Times reports (subscription).
N.Y. Times, "The Indispensable Man" (5 bylines):
Without Mr. Giuliani’s push for money and frank yearning for relevance, the Trump Ukrainian initiative might never have amounted to much more than presidential tweetstorms. Mr. Giuliani compressed the digital gases of the president’s suspicions and wishful theories into what is now the molten core of impeachment.
WashPost, "Giuliani’s two hats: Influencer-for-hire, policy force" (4 bylines):
Giuliani has bragged to ... Trump allies that he has made millions of dollars since the president took office ...
White House aides fear Giuliani has used his role as the president’s lawyer to promote the interests of private clients, fretting that they do not know who he represents ... His conversations with Trump are protected by attorney-client privilege, meaning even Trump's closest aides are not briefed on what they discuss.
Quarterly polling by the Republican firm Firehouse Strategies, with Optimus, had President Trump struggling in the mega-battlegrounds of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. But in the new edition, he beats every Democrat.
Mike Bloomberg today will announce a climate week that kicks off with the campaign's first ad on climate change.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: John Lamparski, Inga Kjer, Michael Buckner, Neilson Barnard via Getty Images
Axios' Amy Harder explored the travel and consumption habits of some of the world's leading voices on climate change for her "Harder Line" column.
Fun fact: Twelve of the 26 first-year coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision are taking their teams to bowls, AP reports in its Bowl Notebook:
The other semifinal match: No. 1 LSU (13-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, four hours before the Fiesta Bowl kicks off.
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