⚾ Good Thursday morning. The Nats are up 2-0 on the Astros in the World Series.
Sometimes it sounds like Joe Biden is running against Joe Biden.
Biden vs. Biden:
📊 The bottom line: A new CNN poll suggests none of this has been insurmountable and that Trump’s efforts on Ukraine may have backfired.
"Republicans' defense of President Trump grew more frantic and disjointed ... with House members storming a closed-door meeting, delaying the testimony of an impeachment witness as the GOP grappled with a growing abuse-of-power scandal centered on the president," the WashPost reports.
A plot twist ... One of the two indicted associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, ... tied the case to the president himself, saying that some of the evidence gathered in the campaign-finance investigation could be subject to executive privilege. (N.Y. Times)
What's next ... "House Democrats are preparing to move their largely private impeachment inquiry onto a more public stage as soon as mid-November," per the WashPost.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Think of New York's backlash against Amazon HQ2.
What's happening: Amazon has put $1.4 million into next month's city council races in Seattle. (NYT)
What's new: The ozone hole near the south pole this year is the smallest since it was discovered, but it is more due to freakish Antarctic weather than efforts to cut down on pollution, AP's Seth Borenstein writes.
More than 50 members of Congress barraged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from all directions at a six-hour House Financial Services Committee hearing, Axios managing editor Scott Rosenberg writes.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.): "In your adult life, have you ever been underbanked?"
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) asked whether Zuckerberg was personally involved in Facebook's decision not to remove a manipulated video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made her speech sound slurred.
The bottom line: Zuckerberg took hits from both sides of the aisle — but the criticism from Democrats was more focused, sustained, and passionate, and that could mean trouble for Facebook if 2020 brings a blue tide.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "effectively is the last man standing, having outlasted and vanquished all rivals for [President] Trump’s ear on foreign policy," Garrett Graff writes in WIRED.
The takeaway: "Pompeo learned along the way that there was only one way to survive under Trump: to be as enthusiastic about Trump as Trump himself."
A wave of violent protests this week has set tires, government offices, trains and metro stations ablaze across Latin America and the Caribbean, AP reports.
The takeaway: That pattern of boom then slackening is a dangerous one for less-than-agile leaders.
"Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo" has become quite a thing at Nats Park as the walk-up song for backup outfielder Gerardo Parra. The zaniness could go global when the World Series shifts to Washington on Friday night for Game 3.
Teammates do their own shark gestures after each hit, including pinching together an index finger and thumb after singles.
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