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The retirement of six House Republicans from Texas at the end of this term foreshadows bigger Republican problems in the nation's second most populous state, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
The 2018 midterms spooked Texas Republicans after they lost two congressional seats, saw closer-than-expected margins in a number of other races, and watched Beto O'Rourke surf a blue wave built in part on the state's shifting demographics.
Republican strategist Mike Murphy tells me President Trump has accelerated the trend: "Texas is the big buckle on the GOP’s electoral college belt, and it's starting to show real cracks."
In addition to shifting demographics, the headwinds for Republicans include attitudes of suburban voters — a problem for Republicans everywhere.
P.S. Trump will rally in Dallas on Oct. 17 to celebrate "the good news of the Trump economy," his campaign announced last night.
President Trump speaks to members of the media after a ceremony in the Oval Office yesterday. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP
Democrats' fast-moving impeachment inquiry and its accompanying media revelations are sweeping across President Trump's inner circle:
Attorney General William Barr enlisted foreign intelligence officials, including making overtures to Britain and traveling to Italy, in a Justice Department inquiry into the U.S. intelligence community's investigation of the 2016 election, the WashPost reports:
Also on today's front pages:
News media companies make up 12 of the 15 most polarizing brands in America today, according to a new Morning Consult poll provided to Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer.
Between the lines: The gap is being driven by substantial decreases in Republican approval of media brands other than Fox News.
The bottom line: Even outlets that are generally considered nonpartisan, like ABC News and CNBC, rank among the most polarizing brands in America.
Above, a view of Beijing's parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China at Tiananmen Square.
Below, Hong Kongers take to the streets for pro-democracy protests — some of which turned into violent clashes with police, per Reuters.
Facebook and Twitter are scrambling to govern the toxic online debate over impeachment, Axios managing editor Scott Rosenberg writes from San Francisco.
Twitter's rules bar targeted harassment and threats of violence against individuals or groups.
Critics are cranking up their longstanding call for Twitter to suspend his @realDonaldTrump account.
For Twitter, Trump represents an "edge case" — the term engineers use for scenarios that expose the contradictions or weaknesses in their systems.
Facebook has a "newsworthiness" exemption for content that violates its rules.
About half of all Americans in a new AP poll think President Trump's actions have been bad for African Americans, Muslims and women, and slightly more than half say they've been bad for Hispanics.
Elizabeth Warren has overtaken Joe Biden as the top 2020 choice among college students, according to a new College Reaction/Axios poll.
The poll was conducted from Sept. 23-24 from a representative sample of 586 college students, with a margin of error of +/- 4%.
📊 Support for impeachment/removal soars 20 points in 5 days in the Quinnipiac Poll, to 47%-47%, driven by rising backing from independents.
Juul Labs Inc. announced it will stop supporting a ballot measure to overturn an anti-vaping law in San Francisco, effectively killing the campaign, AP reports.
"Juul said the move comes as part of a company-wide review by new CEO K.C. Crosthwaite, whose appointment was announced last week." (S.F. Chronicle)
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"Stranger Things" creators the Duffer Brothers "have officially signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix to create films and television series," reports Variety.
Why it matters: Their agreement "is the latest in a string of high-profile overall deals that Netflix has struck with creators in recent years."
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