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The world is entering the age of extreme fire — and we're unprepared for it, Axios' Erica Pandey writes.
Even with help from seasonal workers, student volunteers, inmates and more, the crews that fight wildfires are often understaffed, says Don Whittemore, a wildland fire expert in Boulder, Colo.
What's next: In the face of bigger fires and labor shortages, firefighters are turning to technology to help. They now use 747s and air tankers, which help give firefighters a break, "but at the end of the day all fires need to stopped on the ground," says Whittemore.
Elizabeth Warren had the line of the night at the Democratic debate in Des Moines when she resisted prods to spar with Bernie Sanders:
Why it matters: The exchange, 20 days before caucus night, was a microcosm of a broader debate about electability.
Other top bites:
Between the lines: Billionaire Tom Steyer said in the final 10 minutes: "We're going to have to beat [Trump] on the economy." But the candidates spent the first hour and 50 minutes talking about everything else.
Go deeper: 4 takeaways from the debate, via Axios' Zach Basu.
The smoke from Australia's wildfires, pulled into the stratosphere, "is expected to make at least one full circuit around the globe." (NASA)
In the age of PDFs and email, the House will deliver the articles of impeachment to the Senate the old-fashioned way — on paper, and in person, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
The House will then vote on a resolution appointing House managers and transmitting the articles impeaching President Trump.
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House Democrats released a trove of documents they obtained from Lev Parnas, a close associate of Rudy Giuliani, including a handwritten note that mentions asking Ukraine's president to investigate "the Biden case," AP reports.
The documents show Parnas communicating with Giuliani before the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
Among the documents is a screenshot of a previously undisclosed letter from Giuliani to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dated May 10, 2019, which was before Zelensky took office.
Iran's president warned today that European soldiers in the Mideast "could be in danger" after three nations — Britain, France and Germany — challenged Tehran over breaking the limits of its nuclear deal, AP reports.
🥊 Tehran's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, acknowledged that Iranians "were lied to" after the shootdown of a Ukrainian jet:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders' new book includes "a candid account of my relationship and interactions with the press. And some reporters come out a lot better than others!"
Gearing up for a possible run for Arkansas governor, Sanders will be out Sept. 8 — during the home sprint of the presidential race — with "Speaking for Myself," from St. Martin’s Press.
Reality check: A book tour means Sanders, who had tense relations with the press, will be pushed to explain her approach.
The Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora over his role in a sign-stealing scandal "less than 15 months after winning the World Series in his record-setting rookie season," writes the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham.
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Ken Jennings won the "Jeopardy!" greatest-of-all-time title (and $1 million) by being bold, per AP:
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