⚡ Virginia became the critical 38th state (three-quarters of the states) to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, clearing the way for court fights on adding it to the Constitution because of an expired deadline for ratification, AP reports from Richmond.
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New data paints a stark picture of how polarized our media diets have become, based on political affiliation, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
A Pew Research Center report finds that when it comes to news, Republicans tend to trust Fox News more than any other source, while Democrats tend to trust a variety of news sources about equally.
Entertainment has its own echo chambers:
If at least four Senate Republicans vote with Democrats this week to subpoena witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, the party fears a potential domino effect, with additional GOP senators — especially those up for re-election in November — falling, Axios' Alayna Treene reports from the Capitol.
What we're hearing: Sources close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tell Axios that, if it appears that at least 51 senators will vote for witnesses, McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will likely try to hash out an agreement rather than going straight to a vote.
This has created a dilemma for some Democrats: They're eager for more information, but recognize that a vote for witnesses could open the door for Republicans to use the impeachment stage to try to kneecap Joe Biden.
Just days ago, Republicans were optimistic President Trump’s defense team could cruise to an acquittal by the end of this week. But many believe his lawyers now face a steep climb to stop new witnesses, which would extend the trial, Axios' Alayna Treene reports from the Capitol.
What we're hearing: Republican senators and their aides are frustrated about the way the Bolton manuscript leaked.
The president's defense team hardly acknowledged the Bolton leak yesterday during arguments on the Senate floor.
🥊 A new independent expenditure group, Fix Our Senate, will launch today to go after Mitch McConnell, Alayna scoops.
Above, dignitaries place candles at a memorial site at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, yesterday on the 75th anniversary of the Soviet army's liberation of the camp. (G0 deeper.)
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Marian Turski, 93, historian and survivor of Auschwitz:
Don’t be indifferent. That’s what I want to say today to my daughter, my grandchildren and their peers, wherever they are. Don’t be indifferent when you witness historical lies.
Between the lines, from Jonathan Swan: President Trump has spent three years accruing political capital with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Trump administration team, led by Jared Kushner, is releasing this plan after having only very limited contact with the Palestinians.
Mark Leibovich, writing in the N.Y. Times Magazine about a Suburban ride through Iowa with Joe Biden, says the campaign is all about survival ("He doesn’t want a revolution. He doesn’t have a movement. He could still win this thing"):
Leibo notes: "An aura of fatalism runs through the Biden enterprise."
🌈 Scoop: Mike Bloomberg releases his LGBTQ equality plan today, aligning with other Dems' calls to return to Obama-era protections, Axios' Orion Rummler reports.
🗞️ A worthy read ... "The Bridge Between Michael Jordan and LeBron James: Kobe Bryant ... Bryant became the new giant after Jordan and then passed the torch to James, who developed a special bond with the retired Lakers star," by the N.Y. Times' Scott Cacciola (subscription):
At 41, Bryant was just six years older than James — but Bryant came from a different generation, from an era that overlapped with the late stages of Jordan’s career ...
As opponents, Bryant and James were hypercompetitive. But as Bryant neared retirement, their relationship seemed to become more close-knit. Both men had won championships. Both had built legacies that were secure.
Both, like Jordan before them, had signature-sneaker deals with Nike. Both were businessmen with growing off-court ambitions, and both were raising young daughters.
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