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The era of American dominance is "definitively over," war with China is growing more likely, and world leaders are risking long-term security by refusing to face challenges like climate change, according to a new Atlantic Council report, "Global Risks 2035."
Why it matters: Climate change, disruptive technologies and rising inequality feature prominently in Burrows' analysis of the greatest risks facing the world in the next 15 years.
The U.S. has so far been unwilling to adapt to the changing global reality, Burrows tells Axios.
What to watch: Burrows writes that a sliding China could actually be a bigger risk than a booming one.
The big picture: Most of the worst-case scenarios Burrows envisions are based not on an unexpected event, but on failure to act on entirely foreseeable challenges like struggling middle classes in the West, growing mountains of debt and climate change.
From the moment the White House released its partial transcript of President Trump's Ukraine call, a huge unknown was: What was said during the ellipses?
Multiple national security officials, and current and former administration officials, have told Axios White House editor Margaret Talev that they're concerned about the gaps.
We now have an eye-opening answer: According to accounts of yesterday's impeachment testimony by a White House national security official, those passages included explosive topics — direct mentions of the Bidens and Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that hired Hunter Biden.
Alexander Vindman, an Army lieutenant colonel and Purple Heart honoree now serving Trump's National Security Council, told House investigators yesterday that he tried to change the White House's rough transcript by filling in "Burisma."
Axios' Alayna Treene reports from the Capitol that House Democrats hope to wrap up private impeachment depositions during a previously scheduled recess next week, then begin public hearings when they return Nov. 12.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff emerged last night after Alexander Vindman's 10+ hours of testimony, and said the still-unknown whistleblower who touched off the probe has "the right to remain anonymous."
Trump and Republican lawmakers are complaining about that approach.
Prime time in America ... Both 9:07 last night:
"Candidates of color are languishing in the low single digits, ... well behind the four leaders" among 2020 Dems — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, the N.Y. Times' Astead Herndon and Jonathan Martin report.
Booker told the Times: "I’ve had lots of crazy things said to me, like, 'Is America ready for another black president?' And I’m confident it's never been asked of a white candidate, 'Is America ready for another white president?'"
America's eighth graders are falling behind in math and reading, while fourth graders are doing slightly better in reading, according to the latest results from the Nation's Report Card, per AP.
The bright side: Mississippi and the District of Columbia showed gains.
An economic erosion in Wisconsin and neighboring states "is challenging President Trump’s signature promise to restore a lost era of American manufacturing greatness," the WashPost's David Lynch writes.
"Never before had the road teams won each of the first six games of a World Series," but the Washington Nationals' 7-2 victory last night in Houston forced a winner-take-all finale against the Astros, writes the N.Y. Times' Tyler Kepner.
A joint year-long investigation by Grist and the Texas Tribune examined how the coal industry lobbied Texas to lower land restoration standards, which require land used for mining to be returned to its previous state — often at great cost.
HBO ordered a 10-episode "Game of Thrones" prequel, "House of the Dragon," set 300 years before the original series, AP reports.
Between the lines: "House of the Dragon" was announced during a presentation for HBO Max, the streaming service launching in May 2020.
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