😎 Good Saturday morning from Santa Monica.
Situational awareness: Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada yesterday became the first Republican House member to back the impeachment inquiry — but is reserving judgment on whether President Trump should be impeached. (N.Y. Times)
President Trump is increasingly likely to be impeached by the full House late this year or very early in 2020, on the eve of the first voting in presidential primaries and the official start of his reelection campaign.
A twist to watch: The Constitution is not unambiguously clear that the Senate can be forced to hold a trial if Trump is impeached.
The Senate politics: Ignore the punditry on which party benefits politically from impeachment. That is unknowable. But the impeachment debate definitely puts a number of senators in tough races in an even tougher spot.
The House state of play: A majority of the House's 435 members — as many as 223 House Democrats and one independent — now favor some kind of impeachment action against Trump, according to news organization tallies.
The bottom line: Parties and candidates at all levels have spent years shaping the 2020 battle space. That's now for naught: Washington, which couldn't get anything done, is suddenly driving the nation's politics into the unknown.
Go deeper: The impeachment whip list
"President Trump told two senior Russian officials in a 2017 Oval Office meeting that he was unconcerned about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States did the same in other countries," the WashPost scoops.
Why it matters: "White House officials were particularly distressed ... because it appeared the president was forgiving Russia for an attack that had been designed to help elect him ... three former officials" told The Post.
This April will be a decisive moment for the future of television, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer writes:
Between the lines: For now, the only way for these services to differentiate themselves is through splashy content deals and expensive marketing.
Utah teachers Anthony Bowder and Holli Averett use a video simulator that creates an active-shooter scenario in a school during a training session in Provo.
"Trump administration officials are discussing ways to limit U.S. investors’ portfolio flows into China, in a move that would have repercussions for billions of dollars in investment pegged to major indexes," Bloomberg scoops.
The "tweet" button on President Trump's iPhone is moving markets and has become increasingly consequential for trillions of dollars of assets around the globe, Axios chief economics correspondent Felix Salmon writes.
Bonus fact: As outlined in the Constitution, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts would preside over the trial in the Senate, if the House voted to impeach.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The U.S. vehicle market could finally be going electric — and faster than you might think, Axios' Joann Muller writes from Detroit.
You can see it around the world:
Corporate giants are getting more aggressive:
The bottom line: Fleets and cities will drive EV adoption more than consumers and federal standards.
While the U.S. cracks down on vaping, Britain has embraced e-cigs as a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit, AP's Maria Cheng reports from London.
Investigators in San Jose used Fitbit data to zero in on an otherwise unlikely suspect in the 2018 murder of a quiet woman in her mid-sixties who lived alone, Lauren Smiley writes in WIRED's cover story:
The coroner took note of a black band still encircling her left wrist: a Fitbit Alta HR — a smartwatch that tracks heartbeat and movement.
A judge signed a warrant to extract its data, which seemed to tell the story Karen couldn’t: ... [F]ive days before she was found, Karen’s heart rate had spiked and then plummeted.
By 3:28 in the afternoon, the Fitbit wasn’t registering a heartbeat.
So, who was there at that time? Maybe check a neighbor's Ring security camera?
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