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A growing number of Republicans are privately warning of increasing fears of a total wipeout in 2020: House, Senate, and White House.
Why it matters: All of this is unfolding while the economy still looks strong, and before public impeachment proceedings have officially begun.
The biggest recent change is Republicans' increasingly precarious hold on the Senate.
Scott Reed, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce senior political strategist, tells me that third-quarter fundraising reports showing three Republican senators being out-raised by Democratic challengers (in Arizona, Iowa and Maine) "are a three-alarm fire."
Between the lines: Axios' Alayna Treene reports that, across the board, struggling Republican Senate campaigns are more concerned about lousy fundraising than they are with poor polling.
What to watch: Senate races look so tight that control could be decided by a January 2021 runoff in Georgia.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Getty Images
Steve Bannon has made China his signature issue since leaving the White House. Now we’re seeing the beginning of a money trail behind it, Axios' Jonathan Swan and Erica Pandey scoop.
Why it matters: The billionaire fugitive — a man named Guo Wengui, also known as Miles Kwok — is embroiled in the U.S.-China conflict.
A contract, signed between Bannon and Guo Media, gives Bannon $1 million for one year of consulting services beginning in August 2018.
Daniel Podhaskie, a spokesperson for Guo, tells Axios by email: "Mr. Bannon's work in these areas was complete and he is currently not retained."
A survey out today says the number of American kids watching online videos every day has more than doubled, and they're glued to them for nearly an hour a day — twice as long as they were four years ago, AP's Martha Irvine reports.
The survey of American youth included the responses of 1,677 young people, ages 8 to 18.
Overall screen time didn't change much in those four years:
What to watch: YouTube said that, in the coming months, it will share details on ways the company is rethinking its approach to kids and families.
President Trump tweeted the photo above:
What's next: "Pentagon leaders indicated Monday that the United States could carry out more operations targeting Islamic State figures, aided by video and other information gathered during the raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," the WashPost reports.
"A White House national security official who is a decorated Iraq war veteran plans to tell House impeachment investigators [today] that he ... considered [Trump's call for Ukraine to investigate political rivals] so damaging to American interests that he reported it to a superior," the N.Y. Times' Danny Hakim reports.
Why it matters: "He will be the first White House official to testify who listened in on the July 25 telephone call" between Trump and Ukraine's president.
🗞️ L.A. Times lead headline today:
The Getty Fire "licked the edges of the Getty Center campus ... but the art and archives are safe," per the L.A. Times.
On the anniversary of the first of two deadly crashes of Boeing 737 MAX jets, CEO Dennis Muilenburg will tell Congress that the company is throwing everything into fixing the plane, AP's David Koenig writes:
Bracing for a ban on flavored vaping products, "Juul Labs Inc. plans to cut roughly 500 jobs by the end of the year," writes the Wall Street Journal's Jennifer Maloney (subscription).
Well-wired Republicans tell Axios that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making calls in Alabama, and will decide soon whether to enter the Republican primary to take back his old Senate seat from Sen. Doug Jones (D).
Trump, who soured on Sessions amid the Mueller probe, can be expected to attack him.
The context: Politico calls Jones, who won in the deep-red state against the disgraced Roy Moore, "the Senate's most vulnerable incumbent."
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