It's Friday of a week you'll always remember.
🇸🇦 Situational awareness: Next Wednesday will mark one year since Saudi agents killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
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It was Joe Biden’s family that almost kept him from running. Now, it could help drag him down.
Top Democrats tell us they worry the Ukraine fracas winds up being an albatross for Biden because he'll be associated with an unpopular issue and process, and won't be able to shake questions about Hunter Biden.
A Democratic strategist not affiliated with a campaign said the Hunter Biden problem is not just his work in Ukraine, but all his personal and business issues.
Trump will be "relentless" in exploiting and distorting any dirt on Hunter, the Democratic strategist said.
The Hillary view: Philippe Reines, a longtime Hillary Clinton confidant, tells Axios' Alexi McCammond he has seen this movie before.
The Biden campaign's thinking: Biden did nothing wrong.
The bottom line: The biggest political beneficiary of the impeachment inquiry could be Elizabeth Warren.
Republicans are already treating the whistleblower's complaint the way they did the Mueller report, Axios' Alayna Treene reports from the Capitol.
The tactics, per AP's Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller: "Attempt to discredit government officials at the heart of the story. Dispatch Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other allies to muddy the picture. Lean on Republicans in Congress to provide cover."
🚨 The whistleblower is a male CIA officer, the N.Y. Times reports.
"We decided to publish limited information about the whistle-blower — including the fact that he works for a nonpolitical agency and that his complaint is based on an intimate knowledge and understanding of the White House — because we wanted to provide information to readers that allows them to make their own judgments about whether or not he is credible."
The suicide rate in the U.S. military increased to its highest level in five years, according to a Pentagon report quoted by USA Today.
"The military's suicide rate compares with 18.2 people per 100,000 for all Americans ages 17 to 59."
"Whack Job," by Barry Blitt.
"House Democratic leaders are eyeing a fast-paced [impeachment] investigation ... instructing the committees ... to wrap up their findings within weeks in hopes of concluding before the holiday season," the WashPost reports.
The intrigue: "Some senior Democrats are even arguing that other committees should forgo potentially explosive hearings that could distract from the intelligence panel’s work," per The Post.
From a Wall Street Journal A-hed, "The U.N. General Assembly Tackles Global Strife. New Yorkers Can’t Get a Cab" (subscription):
"During this week, cars creep at the slowest speeds of the year, according to the city Department of Transportation.
"The agency said on weekdays during the session, cars averaged 4 miles per hour in Manhattan’s central business district last year, down from 5.5 mph other weeks."
Users of Amazon's Alexa digital assistant used to have to go into their settings to delete recordings manually. Now, you can set recordings of your voice commands to delete automatically after three months or 18 months, AP reports.
The default setting is still to keep recordings indefinitely.
McDonald's will test the PLT — the plant, lettuce and tomato burger — for 12 weeks in 28 restaurants in Canada, AP's Michelle Chapman reports.
Between the buns: The burgers aren't really aimed at vegans or vegetarians, but at meat eaters who perceive plant-based eating as healthier and more environmentally conscious.
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