Good afternoon: Today's newsletter — edited by Justin Green — is 492 words, a 2-minute read.
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House Democrats took a key step today toward a 2019 impeachment of President Trump, while Senate Republicans are increasingly showing their hand on how they’ll handle the media ahead of a trial in 2020.
The big picture: This signals an urgency to wrap up impeachment by the end of this year, Axios' Jonathan Swan tells me. The more it bleeds into 2020 voting, the tougher the sell for Democrats, Republican officials say.
Between the lines: Axios' Margaret Talev emails that she thinks it means Democrats have gotten enough from closed-door sessions to make the case.
On the other side of Capitol Hill, GOP senators are increasingly abstaining from comment with the "I'm a juror" defense, notes the WashPost's Robert Costa and Philip Rucker.
The bravery of our first responders is currently on display in California, where dry days and high winds are foiling efforts to prevent wildfires.
Above: Firefighters try to save a home in Los Angeles.
Below: A firefighter drags a hose closer to battle a grass fire in Knightsen, Contra Costa County.
We still don't have a name for the dog injured during the raid that killed the head of ISIS, but President Trump tweeted a photo today:
"We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!"
Popeyes is targeting Chick-fil-A by bringing back its chicken sandwich on a Sunday, when the legendary chicken sandwich chain is closed, Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports.