Dec 3, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM is 434 words, a 2 minute read.

  • 🏆 Huge congrats to Axios’ Sara Fischer and Alexi McCammond on being named to Forbes’ 2020 30 Under 30 Media list!

🚨The first top-tier 2020 Democrat is out: Sen. Kamala Harris is ending her campaign. Go deeper.

⚡️ Sundar Pichai is now CEO of Alphabet, Google's parent company. Go deeper.

1 big thing: America in 2 corners

Adam Schiff (L) and Devin Nunes. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The dueling impeachment reports from House Republicans and Democrats are better seen as the first drafts of history amid an ongoing propaganda war, rather than attempts to persuade their opponents in 2020, Axios' Justin Green writes.

The House Intelligence Committee's Democratic report, out today, accuses President Trump of abusing his power and endangering national security.

  • Republicans had their own report out yesterday, which tried to create a sense of equivalence, but used a much looser interpretation of the facts.

Between the lines: Most of the Democratic report out today isn't new, except a section that involves phone records between Rep. Devin Nunes, Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas and several other figures in the investigation.

  • That includes phone numbers linked to the White House and the Office of Management and Budget.
  • "The phone records show that there was considerable coordination among the parties, including the White House," House Intel Chair Adam Schiff said today.

The big picture: Not a single congressional Republican has come out in opposition to the White House, and polling shows basically no movement in public support on impeachment since hearings began.

  • Republicans have repeatedly moved the goalposts on this issue, most notably Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said last month he's "written the whole process off."

The bottom line: We live in an incredibly polarized political climate, with media so splintered that you can choose your own reality bubble.

  • In that universe, there's scant chance a Fox News viewer or Daily Wire reader will be joining the resistance because of a report about the president.
  • That energy is spilling into presidential election fundraising and campaigning, because no one at this point thinks Trump will be removed from office by impeachment.

What's next: The House Judiciary will focus hearings on the legal framework for impeachment — as well as draft the eventual articles of impeachment.

Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

Residents help push a stalled van off a flooded highway during the onslaught of Typhoon Kammuri in the Philippines.

  • Tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated as Kammuri slammed into the main island of Luzon.
2. What you missed
  1. Chinese students tested better in reading, math and science than students in any other country. Go deeper.
  2. Sen. Mitt Romney told reporters he has seen "no evidence" Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. Go deeper.
  3. Trump would like Mike Pompeo, Mick Mulvaney, Rick Perry and "many other people" to testify in a Senate trial if the House votes to approve articles of impeachment. Video.
  4. Concerns over climate change will reduce the amount of capital available for private equity investments in fossil fuels, according to a recent survey by Coller Capital. Go deeper.
3. 1 🎤 thing

The Georgia music studio that fused blues, country and other sounds into Southern rock is being reborn, AP reports.

  • Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, which helped propel the Allman Brothers Band and other groups to stardom in the 1970s, is reopening this week.

Why it matters: The studio helped develop Macon into one of the nation’s music capitals, along with places like Nashville, Alabama's Muscle Shoals, Detroit and New Orleans.

Mike Allen