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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, brushing off new comments by Robert Mueller and 2020 Democratic hopefuls, feels as strongly as ever that impeaching President Trump would be a "fool’s errand," a top ally told me.
By the numbers: Politico says the whip count in favor of impeachment is 41 House members (42 if you include Amash), representing "fewer than 20% of House Democrats, and less than 10% of the House."
Driving the news: More 2020 candidates spoke favorably of impeachment yesterday after a dramatic 11 a.m. appearance by special counsel Robert Mueller at the Justice Department, where he said charging Trump with a crime was "not an option" because of federal rules.
What to watch: Ignore the noise from 2020 candidates, outside groups and talking heads. What matters most is if any top Democratic House leaders turn against Pelosi. So far, they are all falling in line.
Between the lines: People who know Pelosi well tell Axios' Jonathan Swan that she, perhaps uniquely in the Democratic Party, has the power to withstand the growing momentum towards impeachment.
How it's playing ... WashPost 5-column lead story: "Mueller’s remarks fuel impeachment calls."
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Russian efforts to sow discord ahead of the 2020 elections appear focused on fear-mongering around health care issues, writes Axios' Sara Fischer.
Be smart: The most effective misinformation often plays into preconceived notions or fears that already exist in society, especially around health, safety and well-being.
Less than two months after his biggest-ever electoral victory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed in a desperate bid to form a new government, writes Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 13 News for Axios.
The big picture: It will further complicate the Trump administration's plans to launch its long-awaited Middle East peace plan.
Photo: Sharp HealthCare via AP
A San Diego hospital revealed the birth of a girl who is believed to be the world's tiniest surviving micro-preemie, who weighed 8.6 ounces (about the size of an apple) when she was born in December, per AP.
Cathy Russell, who was U.S. ambassador for global women's issues during the Obama administration, calls in a USA Today op-ed for a Cabinet-level post focused on women, from pay to health to harassment:
Some Democrats in the unwieldy 2020 field are struggling to meet DNC qualifications for its summer debates, with some criticizing the even more stringent requirements announced yesterday for the fall, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
The big picture: This is just the latest example of how the national party and candidates are struggling to navigate the massive primary field in 2020.
The DNC told Axios that the change is "consistent with history," and that the party always changes the threshold as the primaries get closer.
The White House wanted the Navy to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain out of President Trump's view during his trip to Japan, The Wall Street Journal reported, and three U.S. officials later confirmed to AP.
Trump tweeted: "I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan."
Coming Nov. 12 from Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the UN and South Carolina governor, "With All Due Respect" (St. Martin's Press) is "a first-hand perspective on major national and international matters, as well as a behind-the-scenes account of her tenure in the Trump administration."
⚡ Tracking power ... Sally Donnelly, founding partner of Pallas Advisors, announces:
What they're saying ... Ryan Lizza's WashPost review:
Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., yesterday gave the media a preview of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, where guests can build their own droids and lightsabers and interact with aliens, AP reports.
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