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An important human dimension gets obscured in the wider impeachment war: Former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is already a three-time victim of the Ukraine scandal and public hearings.
The bigger picture: Yes, she still has a government job. But the toll on her was obvious during her testimony yesterday, which was riveting less for the facts and more because of her reaction to the pummeling from Trump and his allies.
The hearing began at 9:30 a.m. and Trump tweeted his attack on her at 10 a.m., blaming her for the dangerous conditions in Somalia, which has endured 30 years of "turmoil, factional fighting, and anarchy," as the CIA puts it.
Republicans said Trump's mid-hearing attack sabotaged their strategy:
I was shocked and devastated that I would feature in a phone call between two heads of state in such a manner, where President Trump said that I was bad news to another world leader, and that I would be going through some things.
So I was — it was a terrible moment. A person who saw me actually reading the transcript said that the color drained from my face. I think I even had a physical reaction.
I think, you know, even now, words kind of fail me.
Between the lines: The circumstances of Yovanovitch's removal made her a sympathetic witness, even before Trump's tweet, Treene reports.
The bottom line: As the hearing adjourned, Yovanovitch got a standing ovation.
More than 400 pages of internal Chinese government documents obtained by The New York Times show new details on the origins and execution of China’s mass detention of as many as 1 million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other predominately Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, per The Times.
"The 403 pages reveal how the demands of top officials, including President Xi Jinping, led to the creation of the indoctrination camps, which have long been shrouded in secrecy," The Times reports.
The authors are Austin Ramzy, a Hong Kong correspondent, and Chris Buckley a correspondent covering China, where he has lived for more than 20 years.
Above, former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, holds a Bible as he arrives at the federal courthouse in Washington yesterday.
President Trump tweeted:
In Hong Kong today, the scene above is an eerie reminder that mainland Chinese troops are looming nearby, ready to crush dissent or even take control.
Why it matters: The soldiers, jogging in formation, carrying brooms and singing in cadence, were a rare sight on the streets of the city.
The bottom line: Today, they're picking up bricks. Tomorrow, it could be people.
The Dow closed above 28,000 for the first time, as fading recession fears extended the decade-long bull run. —The Wall Street Journal
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Americans are starting to lose their taste for beer, Erica Pandey writes in today's issue of our twice-weekly Axios Future newsletter. (Sign up here.)
What’s happening: Brewers are attempting to diversify their offerings, adding seltzers and cannabis-infused beverages.
Generational trends are flattening beer consumption:
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