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An Oval Office meeting with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday took a dark turn when Erdoğan pulled out his iPad and made the group watch a propaganda video that depicted Kurds as terrorists, three sources familiar with the meeting tell Axios' Jonathan Swan.
Erdoğan apparently thought he could sway these senators by forcing them to watch a clunky propaganda film.
Erdoğan's video "was unpersuasive," according to a source who was in the room.
In a phone interview last night, Graham confirmed he clashed with Erdoğan in the Oval:
Behind the scenes: A senior administration official said the senators were invited because they have voiced concerns about Turkey's purchase of Russian weapons and its invasion of Syria.
The absence of shared facts and narratives on TV and online will make it hard for either party to make its impeachment case stick, Axios' Sara Fischer, Neal Rothschild and Scott Rosenberg write.
On the right, conservative media doubled down on the narrative that Republican questioners like Reps. Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes crushed Democrats' main arguments.
On the left, Democrats focused on messaging that Ambassador Bill Taylor's testimony was damning for President Trump and concentrated on his new information about a call between Trump and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
Between the lines: You could assemble one version of the hearing from the left, with all the Democrats' questions spliced together, and then another reel from the right, with the GOP representatives' questions spliced together, and end up with two completely different events.
Several of the seats reserved for members of Congress who aren't on the Intelligence Committee were vacant — and more Rs than Ds sat in, Axios' Alayna Treene reports from the Ways and Means hearing room that hosted yesterday's impeachment hearing.
In Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica flooded during the lagoon city's highest tide in 53 years, with "priceless mosaics drowned in sewage," according to Italian coverage.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro blamed climate change, per Reuters:
... and college campuses have become battlegrounds, AP reports:
"Drug-resistant germs sicken about 3 million people every year in the United States and kill about 35,000, representing a much larger public health threat than previously understood," the WashPost writes about a long-awaited CDC report.
The N.Y. Times Magazine's annual Tech & Design issue explores the wild web, with an opening essay by deputy editor Bill Wasik, "The Future of the Internet":
Perhaps the most profound force at work upon the internet right now is the simple passage of time. Everyone raised in a pre-internet era continues to age and disappear, while new generations grow up not merely as ‘"digital natives’’ but as life- long witnesses to the internet’s best and worst effects. ...
For teenagers today, the internet is both a stage onto which to step boldly and a minefield through which to step gingerly — a double bind that has given rise to whole new habits of living online, in which self-expression and self-protection are inextricably linked.
If Houston's Alex Bregman is named American League MVP today, the Astros will be the first team to have an MVP, Cy Young winner and Rookie of the Year in the same season, AP's Noah Trister points out.
The Angels' Mike Trout is Bregman’s top competition.
Margot Robbie and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes in "Bombshell." Screenshot via YouTube
"Bombshell," centered on the sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes at Fox News, had a D.C. screening last night featuring director Jay Roach and Charlize Theron, who plays anchor Megyn Kelly.
Theron told CNN about her decision to take the role: "[I]f we can see the power of the message through someone who we may not agree with or somebody who might even anger us, that tells you there's something real there."
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