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President Trump, who rarely focuses beyond the moment before him, is starting to acknowledge the growing chance Democrats could very well win in November — and very well try to impeach him, Jonathan Swan and Alexi McCammond report.
A source who’s discussed the midterms with Trump said: "He has repeated to folks that, if the Democrats impeach him, it would be a victory, politically, because it would be a complete overreach and he could exploit it and run against it in 2020."
Welcome to September. The president, seeing warning signs everywhere, raises the stakes to impeachment:
With 5.4 million East Coasters under a hurricane warning, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman left this cheat sheet for our editors in Slack:
Bob Woodward to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, discussing his new book, "Fear":
"One of the lessons that I have learned and seen in writing about eight presidents, now nine — 20 percent of the presidents we've had in this country — is that you have to learn. You have to grow. You can't just kind of say: Well, that's the way it is, even though I have this power. ...
"I think the power of the presidency has grown [with] each president I’ve written about from Nixon to Trump. ... [P]residents can do wonderful things, and they can do disastrous things. The process really matters."
The annual "Tribute in Light," atop the Battery Parking Garage, rises skyward in Lower Manhattan on the 17th anniversary of 9/11.
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Chundera Epps, offering words of remembrance for her brother Christopher, who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:
80% of white suburban women want to leave the Roe decision as is, as do 79% of African-American women, 79% of #NeverHillary independents and 71% of millennials, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey survey.
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The Federal Trade Commission tomorrow will kick off the first broad examination of competition in the technology industry in more than two decades — a sign that the tech giants could be in for stronger public oversight, Axios' Kim Hart writes.
🍎 Beginning at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT), Axios' Ina Fried will have live coverage from Apple's launch event for a new crop of iPhones and other gear.
But now ...
"We are living, in short, in a Madisonian nightmare."
First look ... Fifty heads of state from six continents have committed to join Michael Bloomberg for his second annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum, making it one of the most-attended events by heads of government in 2018.
Participants include U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Baidu CEO Robin Li, Ford CEO Jim Hackett, incoming Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, and Unilever CEO Paul Polman.
"Watch out for the 7-foot box on the doorstep. Amazon plans to sell and ship fresh, full-size Christmas trees this year," AP's Joseph Pisani writes:
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