🇨🇳 Bulletin: The U.S. government secretly expelled two Chinese Embassy officials this fall after they drove on to a sensitive military base in Virginia, the N.Y. Times reports.
😎 Good Sunday morning. I'm headed to my native Best Coast for the week.
The level of readers' social media engagement on stories about impeachment has steeply declined since September, according to NewsWhip data provided to Axios' Neal Rothschild.
Of the 10 biggest stories about impeachment since Sept. 16 — as measured by interactions, such as likes, comments, shares — none has come since Nov. 15.
Public interest peaked when the case against Trump was building, with news cycles driven by revelations about Trump, Ukraine and the cast of characters.
The top news articles about impeachment, by interactions, per NewsWhip data:
The bottom line: While interest builds when the news cycle heats up and more stories are written, average interactions have been on a sustained decline.
🥊 Breaking: Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.) — a moderate freshman from a Trump district who has said he'll oppose articles of impeachment — is expected to flip parties and become a Republican, a White House official tells Jonathan Swan.
Van Drew is one of 31 House Dems from districts Trump carried in 2016 — the toughest votes when impeachment comes to the floor this week.
Trump and allies are mobilizing a big squeeze. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a list of the office phone numbers and Twitter handles of all 31 yesterday, with the intro:
Enough! These Democrats in Trump districts said they were with @realDonaldTrump. They lied! - Now now its time to hear from OUR MOVEMENT. Here’s a complete thread of their handles & phone #s. Call non-stop, tweet at them, tell them this will NOT STAND & you’ll remember in Nov! RT
Two of the biggest hurdles constraining the world economy — uncertainty about Brexit and the China trade war — were alleviated last week, Bloomberg's Enda Curran writes.
Ben Emons, managing director for global macro strategy at Medley Global Advisors in New York, told Bloomberg: "The China trade deal and U.K. election result have taken out a major tail risk overhanging markets and companies."
🌏 P.S. The N.Y. Times lead story is an obit for globalism by Peter Goodman in London, "Brexit’s Advance Opens a New Trade Era ... Shift in Trade Around Globe: To Go It Alone — U.K. and U.S. Lead a Nationalist Push":
Only 10% of donations to the Peter’s Pence collection by Catholic churches goes to charitable works, the Wall Street Journal's Francis X. Rocca reports from Vatican City (subscription):
"Fans leave politics aside at 120th Army-Navy game": President Trump got resounding cheers as he entered Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, and clapped and waved as he took to the field for the national anthem. (Philly Inquirer)
Cap tip: Kendall "Sports, Man" Baker
Service-academy officials are trying to determine motives of students at the Army-Navy game who flashed hand signs on ESPN that are associated with "white power," the Wall Street Journal's Ben Kesling reports (subscription).
"The hand sign ... looks like the 'okay' sign ... The sign has also been used in what's known as the 'circle game,'" the Journal reports.
Today's N.Y. Times Magazine, the "Great Performers" issue, has six covers.
Critics Wesley Morris and A.O. Scott consider the best and most rousing movie performances of 2019:
Call it a motif of meta-ness: Most of these actors ... have been chosen for their portrayals of other performing artists, people who live on the stage or screen or some other space where authenticity and artifice collide.
This isn’t new. Movie actors have been impersonating actual and fictional thespians and thrushes at least since "The Jazz Singer," and the musical or theatrical biopic may be the most reliable route to an Academy Award. ...
But the performers we chose did more than embody the stars of the past. They created new ones.
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