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It’s looking more likely by the day that President Trump will be impeached by the House. But if he is acquitted by the Senate — and then goes on to win a second term — Democrats will face a predicament neither party has confronted in U.S. history, Axios' David Nather and Margaret Talev write.
You've asked us: Could the House just impeach him again if there's a second-term scandal?
Most Americans would move toward the center on policies including health care, immigration and the minimum wage if the two parties spent more time face-to-face — or at least that's the takeaway from "America in One Room," a social experiment conducted over a single weekend last month in Dallas.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Turkey launched a ground and air assault on Wednesday against a Syrian militia that has been a crucial American ally in the fight against ISIS, days after President Trump agreed to let the operation proceed.— The N.Y. Times' Ben Hubbard and Carlotta Gall
Above, Armando Espinoza delivers paper products to a café in downtown Sonoma, Calif., where power is turned off.
"Classes were canceled. Frozen foods melted. Hospitals switched to emergency generators. Blooms withered in florists’ coolers. Unused food was jettisoned at shuttered restaurants. Lines formed at gas stations. Cellphones faded out." (L.A. Times)
Floodgates open at State ... President Trump "pressed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to help persuade the Justice Department to drop a criminal case against an Iranian-Turkish gold trader who was a client of Rudy Giuliani" in 2017. (Bloomberg)
Joe Biden yesterday became the last of the major 2020 Democrats to call for Trump to be impeached:
🍦 Scoop: House committees have requested that Trump's former Russia adviser, Fiona Hill, appear for a deposition on Oct. 14, as well as turn over several documents dating back to January 2017. See the letter. (Axios' Alayna Treene)
The fastest-growing cities in the U.S. may be adding lots of jobs for well-off people, but many have low rates of upward mobility for lower-income kids growing up there, writes Axios' Kim Hart.
Why it matters: The extent of racial disparities and economic mobility "is so extreme in the U.S. that it's almost like they're two Americas," Chetty said about the maps above.
The U.S. job market remains strong, with more job openings than unemployed people seeking a job, but companies are starting to put some hiring plans on hold, Axios' Dion Rabouin reports.
Confronted with evidence of danger to police and citizens, Apple removed an app last night that the company said "has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong."
The context: Earlier in the day, the Communist Party's main newspaper, the People's Daily, had criticized Apple, saying the app "facilitates illegal behavior."
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While the U.S. reckons with the fact that China's market power can stymie free speech after the NBA's firestorm, Hollywood has long willingly bent to Chinese censorship to rake in profits, writes Axios' Shane Savitsky.
An extreme example was the 2018 decision to not allow Disney's "Christopher Robin" to be released because Chinese President Xi Jinping's resemblance to Winnie the Pooh had become a joke among activists who resisted the country's Communist regime.
A Pittsburgh-area couple found out where all their walnuts have gone: squirrels stored more than 200 of them under the hood of the couple's SUV, AP reports.
What's next: The Persics have gotten a quote on removing a black walnut tree from their property.
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