Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 470 words, a 2-minute read.
Situational awareness: New details from Kurt Volker's closed-door interview indicate Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, was deeply conflicted about whether to take the job because of concerns about Rudy Giuliani's shadow involvement. Go deeper.
1 big thing: Congress vs. Trump
More than 100 Republicans joined House Democrats today in rebuking President Trump's decision to pave the way for a Turkish invasion of Syria, Axios' Zachary Basu reports.
- And in the Senate, Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Van Hollen plan to introduce a bill as early as tomorrow that would introduce crippling sanctions against Turkey for its military operation.
- The House resolution calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to cease his military operation and urges the White House to "present a clear and specific plan for the enduring defeat of ISIS."
The big picture: The House debate on the resolution was "extraordinary for the intensity of lawmakers’ opinions," the AP notes.
- The NY Times adds: "Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill have shown they are most comfortable criticizing the president on matters of international affairs" such as the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi and a previous attempt to exit Syria.
What Trump's saying:
- "Our soldiers are not in harm's way, as they shouldn't be, as two countries fight over land that has nothing to do with us," Trump said at a press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
- "And the Kurds are much safer now. The Kurds know how to fight, and as I said, they're not angels."
- "Lindsey Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next thousand years with thousands of soldiers and fighting other people's wars. I wanna get out of the Middle East."
Bonus: Pic du jour
2. What you missed
- The United Auto Workers has sealed a preliminary labor deal with automaker General Motors, the union announced today. Go deeper.
- The FCC formally approved the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, with both Democrats at the commission voting against the deal. Go deeper.
- Facebook is pushing forward with its Libra digital currency and expects to launch with more than 100 members, Libra co-creator David Marcus said. Go deeper.
- Barack Obama made an unusual endorsement of a foreign leader, tweeting that "the world needs" the "progressive leadership" of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — who is embroiled in a scandal over repeated instances of blackface and brownface. Go deeper.
- Aging water treatment systems, failing pipes and a slew of unregulated contaminants threaten to undermine water quality in U.S. cities of all sizes. Go deeper.
3. 1 fun thing
The Virgin Hyperloop One XP-1 test pod made a stop outside the U.S. Capitol this morning as part of its national roadshow introducing people to the technology, Axios' Kim Hart reports.
- Why it matters: 10 states are competing to become the first with a hyperloop route: Missouri, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Illinois, Oregon and Nevada (where the test track is located).