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⚡Breaking: Speaker Pelosi will deliver a statement at 9 a.m. on the status of impeachment.
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios
The manufacturing industry got a huge boost from President Trump's election, with a groundswell of job gains during his first year in office. But the trade war with China has undone that progress, Axios Markets editor Dion Rabouin writes.
Why it matters: Reviving American manufacturing was a central tenet of Trump's 2016 campaign. The industry's retrenchment shows how, like farmers, another Trump constituency is being punished by his trade war.
By the numbers: In Trump’s first 30 months as president, manufacturers added 499,000 jobs, some 314,000 more than were added in President Obama's last 30 months on the job — a 170% increase.
That progress has evaporated this year. Manufacturing employment has slowed, and in October employers cut jobs in the sector by the highest number in a decade.
What's next: Things will likely get worse before they get better, Joe Brusuelas, chief economist at tax and consulting firm RSM, tells Axios.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler signaled that the Mueller investigation could be included in articles of impeachment drafted by the committee: "Then, as now, this administration’s level of obstruction is without precedent."
The Republican defense was waged by a legal scholar who thinks what President Trump did is questionable — just not impeachable, Axios' Alayna Treene reports from the hearing room.
The three Democratic witnesses agreed that Trump could be impeached for bribery as it is defined in the Constitution, AP reports.
The committee's top Republican, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, called the process a "sham": "If you want to know what's really driving this, there are two things — a clock and a calendar."
At yesterday's hearing, Democrats displayed a sign listing "Obstruction of Congress" as one of three impeachable offenses.
Editor's note: The graphic has been updated to reflect that Katie Wheelbarger did cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, but investigators decided they did not need her testimony.
TIME's Brian Bennett and Chris Wilson write in the new cover story that Trump campaign officials "are leaning into the impeachment threat, using it to mobilize supporters and try to extract a political price — and millions of dollars":
Between the lines: Warren's descent in national polls followed criticism about how she planned to pay for Medicare for All.
Flashback: In April, Biden led the college poll at 18.9%, with Sanders second at 15.1%.
People who vape could pay higher life insurance rates or find themselves excluded from coverage, Reuters reports.
In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute reached back in time to calming, confident Classic Blue as its color of the year for 2020, AP's Leanne Italie writes.
Creators around the globe are using modern blue takes for runways, mobile phones, kitchen appliances and pricey, forward-looking cars and motorcycles.
Hillary Clinton, who sat with George and Laura Bush during President Trump's inauguration in 2017, told Howard Stern that after the "dystopian" address, "George W. Bush says to me, 'Well that was some weird s--t.'"
Scholastic Entertainment is rebooting the "Clifford the Big Red Dog" TV series to offer more diversity among the human characters and put his 7-year-old owner, Emily Elizabeth, front and center in his Birdwell Island adventures, per AP.
The new series debuts on Amazon Prime Video tomorrow, and PBS Kids on Saturday.
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