🍖 Texas readers: You're invited! I hope you'll join me tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8 a.m. in downtown Dallas for conversations about "The state of the American city," with a focus on veterans in the workforce.
Maybe I'll see you tonight for BBQ at Mariano's Hacienda, home of "The World’s First Frozen Margarita Machine."
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
As televised impeachment hearings roll into Week 2, one surprise has been how many of the Trump team's wounds have been self-inflicted, because of his allies' curious habit of leaking on themselves.
A key part of this week's drama is likely to center on an overheard phone call from Trump to European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who's scheduled to testify on Wednesday morning.
But there have been weeks of this:
And, of course, the backdrop:
The bottom line, from Axios' Margaret Talev: From revelations about secret servers to off-the-books diplomacy said to resemble "drug deals," many of the juiciest details about the impeachment case came not from Democrats but from Team Trump.
The pro-Trump group America First says focus groups show that suburban swing voters — even some who strongly dislike President Trump — remain skeptical about impeachment, Axios White House editor Margaret Talev writes.
The big takeaway from impeachment so far is that swing voters think Trump did things they don't like — but nothing impeachable, said Wes Anderson, co-founder of OnMessage Inc. and one of the pollsters who conducted the focus groups.
Organizers held two focus groups each in these metro areas: Des Moines, Orlando, Charlotte, Phoenix, Miami, Atlanta, Columbus, Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Nine witnesses. Five hearings. Three days.
Today's testimony (Day 3 of televised hearings) starts with Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer on the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, his counterpart in Vice President Pence’s office.
🥊 Milestone: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, during an appearance yesterday in Louisville, said he "can’t imagine" a scenario where there is enough support in the Senate — 67 votes — to remove Trump.
Anti-government protesters walk past a fire during clashes with police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
"Two decades of hyper-globalization ended as citizens around the world woke up to a new world that they fear is screwing them," Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas tells me, introducing his new deck, "De-global."
The memo above was emailed to reporters by the White House Press Office at 9:50 on Monday night after President Trump made an unscheduled visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday.
Joe Lockhart, White House press secretary under President Clinton, tweeted: "[T]here is a protocol for the president's physical that doesn't include rushing up to Walter Reed without any notice to the press."
Growing sales of protein bars have helped put U.S. yogurt sales in a multiyear slump despite shelves full of new varieties, AP's Dee-Ann Durbin reports.
The move follows market leader Danone’s introduction last July of oat-based yogurts under its So Delicious brand.
The big picture: Health and animal welfare concerns are driving some Americans away from dairy.
The New York State attorney general is investigating WeWork, "adding to a mounting series of problems that have turned the workspace provider from a Wall Street darling to a pariah in a matter of weeks," per Reuters.
"WeWork is preparing to cut at least 4,000 people," or about one-third of its workforce, as early as this week, the N.Y. Times reports.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Doobie Brothers are reuniting with singer and songwriter Michael McDonald for a 50th anniversary tour next year, AP reports from Nashville.
The tour begins June 9 in West Palm Beach.
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