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The rest of the field clearly thinks that Elizabeth Warren has passed Joe Biden as the Democrats' 2020 frontrunner, and the attacks rained in on her at last night's 12-pack debate outside Columbus, Ohio.
Other takeaways from the Axios politics team:
Joe Biden on Hunter Biden:
Look, my son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong. I carried out the policy of the United States government in rooting out corruption in Ukraine. And that's what we should be focusing on. ... My son's statement speaks for itself.
Go deeper: 5 takeaways, by Axios' Zach Basu.
Hostility toward Big Tech is the rare issue that unites both parties, and Dems last night pummeled lots of big targets, Axios managing editor Scott Rosenberg writes from S.F.
Moving on from her dispute with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Elizabeth Warren hit Amazon:
Kamala Harris, who two weeks ago called on Twitter to suspend President Trump's account, called it a "grave injustice ... when the rules that apply to the powerless don't apply to the powerful."
Bernie Sanders broadened the antitrust attack to include finance, media, and agribusiness: "We need a president who has the guts to appoint an attorney general who will take on these huge monopolies, protect small business, and protect consumers by ending the price fixing that we see every day."
Republicans and Democrats familiar with the closed-door testimony in the House impeachment inquiry tell Axios' Alayna Treene that Rudy Giuliani and his Ukraine activity has been a unifying thread for the witnesses.
Our big takeaway: While Democrats say that everything they’ve heard so far has only helped them, nothing in the depositions so far appears to have moved any Republicans closer to impeachment.
💬 Pelosi quote du jour: "We were sending that military assistance because of Ukraine needing that vis-à-vis Russia. All roads seem to lead to Putin with the president though, isn’t it so?"
🇺🇦 "Three amigos": Career State Department official George Kent testified that he was told by administration officials to "lay low" on Ukraine as "three amigos" tied to the White House took over U.S. foreign policy toward the Eastern European ally, AP reports.
The Hollywood Reporter names Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger to the top of its list of the Top 100 "most powerful execs, makers and stars":
Next on the list:
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have stockpiled millions more than their rivals, including Joe Biden, AP's Brian Slodysko reports.
"A record number of six-figure-income families rent, as student debt and meager savings cloud their financial future," the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
The Washington Nationals "beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4, to complete a four-game sweep in a National League Championship Series that was one-sided from the start" to claim the franchise's first World Series berth. (WashPost)
📺 D.C.'s not-so-split screen ... Bullfeathers, a historic watering hole on the House side of Capitol Hill, had originally intended to show both the game and the debate, but ended up just showing the game, AP's Ashraf Khalil reports.
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