Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 401 words, a 2 minute read.
Situational awareness: The Trump administration is considering moves that would stem the flow of money from U.S. investors to China. Go deeper.
1 big thing: The impeachment tipping point
After this crazy week, it's increasingly hard to see how Democrats back down from making Donald Trump the 3rd president in history to be impeached:
- House Democratic leadership is on board, even if they're still hedging on the process.
- So are almost all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Joe Biden is the only candidate whose support would be conditional on Trump obstruction.
- And public sentiment is moving in that direction: New polling has shown a rise in support.
The big picture: Impeachment has been elevated from an activist issue to a dominant issue in the Democratic Party.
What's next: Watch top Democrats to see if their support from impeachment changes from conditional (I'll support these efforts if Trump does X) to absolute.
- That might take longer in the Senate, and it's still doubtful whether Republicans would ever come on board.
- But history is hard to read in the moment: Richard Nixon's story shows how public sentiment can build like a wave.
The bottom line: You'll read about this week in the history books — whether or not Trump is impeached.
Bonus: Pics du jour
BASE jumpers leap from Kuala Lumpur Tower on a hazy day during International Jump Malaysia 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2. What you missed
- THC vape products are linked to a majority of vaping-related lung injuries, the CDC said today. Go deeper.
- Senate Democrats say the NRA acted as a Russian asset during the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, offering the promise of political access to elected officials in the U.S. in exchange for business deals. Go deeper.
- This year's surge of murders of transgender people has been dubbed an epidemic by the American Medical Association. Go deeper.
- Iran released a British oil tanker and its crew 2 months after it was first detained near the Strait of Hormuz and weeks after Iran's own tanker was released from Gibraltar.
- AT&T COO John Stankey said that the telecom giant would consider dropping its exclusive rights to the NFL's Sunday Ticket package from its DirecTV satellite service. Go deeper.
3. 1 fun thing
A pair of Mark Twain enthusiasts say they’ve found what appears to be Samuel Clemens’ signature from the mid-1800s scrawled on the wall of the Missouri cave he made famous in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," the AP reports.
- Two leading experts on Twain and his handwriting agreed the signature is likely authentic.
- Other famous names in the cave: Norman Rockwell from 1936, and the outlaw Jesse James, dated September 22, 1879.