🇦🇫 Good Monday morning! Situational awareness ... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — mourning the loss of her brother, former Baltimore mayor Thomas "Young Tommy" D’Alesandro III, who died yesterday at 90 — led a bipartisan delegation on a visit to Afghanistan that wasn't announced in advance.
I interviewed Sen. Romney at his home outside Salt Lake City. Photo: Axios on HBO
As President Trump's standing with Republican lawmakers grows more precarious, the two senators to watch — for totally different reasons — are Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Why they matter: With Trump's impeachment by the House growing ever more likely, he has to keep his red wall of Republican Senate support so that, like President Clinton, he'll be acquitted rather than removed after a Senate trial.
Romney has never liked Trump, and friends who have talked privately with the senator tell me he could be one of the first votes to convict.
Graham, a former Trump critic who's now one of his most vital allies on Capitol Hill, sounds exasperated by Trump but is sticking by him.
🎬 Top bites from the senators' interviews on last night's "Axios on HBO":
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The real estate market should be experiencing a boom, but it has been stagnant for the last three years and is beginning to turn lower, writes Axios Markets editor Dion Rabouin.
What's happening: There is a serious lack of qualified and/or interested buyers. And even with ultra-low mortgage rates, prices are not falling enough to bring in new customers.
The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official told AP's Colleen Long.
Why it matters: The policy would allow the government to amass a trove of biometric data on hundreds of thousands of migrants.
This caravan of U.S. military vehicles was spotted in Tal Tamr, northern Syria, yesterday after pulling out of their base.
House investigators "are ratcheting up scrutiny of Boeing Co. leaders as new details point to management pressure on engineers and pilots in its commercial-aircraft unit," The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Focus groups in Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin suggest that some of America’s swing voters have views on climate change that are in between Democratic presidential candidates, who think it’s a crisis, and President Trump, who dismisses it, writes Axios' Amy Harder in her "Harder Line" column.
What they're saying: Of the more than two dozen responses, most (14) chose words that somehow described climate change as a problem, with "concern" being the most common word.
Worth noting: These focus groups, conducted by the nonpartisan research firms Engagious and Focus Pointe Global, are a small handful of voters and don’t offer a statistically significant sample like a poll.
"It's a new three-way race in Iowa," USA Today's Susan Page writes in the paper's lead story.
Tale of the tape (telephone poll of 500 likely Democratic caucus-goers ... margin of error, 4.4%):
Screenshot via House Democrats' Truth Exposed campaign
In a challenge to Republicans who often have resisted such measures, Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office says the SHIELD Act ("Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security"), a package to protect elections from foreign interference, is expected to come to the floor for a vote this week.
As part of a trend of increased corporate activism, JPMorgan Chase today will announce a new public policy agenda that includes an expanded effort to help people with criminal backgrounds re-enter the workforce.
Dimon, who led the Business Roundtable to a new definition of the purpose of a corporation that goes beyond shareholders, told me in an interview that both the bank and the BRT plan to bolster that message.
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The vegan Mexican food industry is growing in the U.S., as plant-based Mexican cuisine increasingly grows in areas with large Latino communities, AP's Terry Tang reports from Phoenix.
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