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President Trump is reviving his 2016 playbook, trying to sully or smear the Biden family reputation, like he did with the Clintons during his last campaign, Axios' Margaret Talev and Alayna Treene report.
Here's Trump's six-part playbook to make Ukraine 2016's sequel:
What's next: Biden, learning the lessons of 2016, seems determined not to let Trump pin him into a corner.
Some advisers to President Trump see two big, long-term problems with the release of the Ukraine call notes:
The decision to release the memo has produced internal tension in the White House, with some officials privately saying it was a mistake, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone invited several of Trump’s fiercest Republican defenders to the White House yesterday morning to review the notes from the call before they were released to the public. This allowed them to coordinate talking points before the document was blasted out.
But on the Democratic side, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said the material reflects "a classic Mafia-like shakedown."
The nation's income inequality grew last year to its highest level in more than 50 years of tracking, according to Census Bureau figures, per AP.
The big picture: The areas with the most income inequality last year were coastal places with large amounts of wealth.
This photo, by NASA astronaut Christina Koch, shows the launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket, as seen from the International Space Station yesterday.
Both these headlines are from 11:29 a.m. yesterday:
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will announce a new effort Thursday to close what he calls the "network gap" — the advantage some people have based on who they know, company executives tell Axios' Sara Fischer.
How it works: For a long time, LinkedIn encouraged users to limit their connections to other people they know. Now, it wants to encourage users to connect to new people to expand job opportunities for those who may not have as strong professional networks.
Amazon announced that it will soon start selling wireless earbuds, finger rings and prescription eyeglasses with its Alexa voice assistant built in, writes the AP's Joseph Pisani.
China's dominance of the world's market for small drones is a top concern for U.S. defense officials, writes the Wall Street Journal's Warren Strobel (subscription).
Why it matters: "Just a few years ago, the U.S. held a monopoly on large, long-distance, armed drones like the Predator and Reaper," and that advantage is slipping away as countries like Azerbaijan and Nigeria can now conduct strikes.
Chef Marc Veyrat, known for his black chapeau and mountain cuisine, is taking the Michelin Guide to court to find out why he lost his third star this year, AP reports from Paris.
An indignant Veyrat, who uses only local Savoyard products, claims a Michelin inspector confused the emulsion with something containing cheddar cheese "because it was yellow."