Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Zachary Basu — is 692 words, a 4 minute read.
🏖️ Situational awareness: The House and Senate are both officially in recess, and there isn't another Democratic debate until September. Welcome to the summer doldrums.
The number of House Democrats who have publicly expressed support for an impeachment inquiry has quietly crept up to 116 — an average of one a day for the month of July that brings the caucus two short of a majority, just in time for August recess.
Driving the news: Florida Rep. Ted Deutch wrote in the Sun Sentinel this morning that "the question is no longer whether the House should vote to proceed with a formal impeachment inquiry. The inquiry has already begun."
The big picture: Deutch, the chairman of the House Ethics Committee and a member of House Judiciary, is not the only influential Democrat to come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry this week.
Between the lines: Many have viewed Pelosi's reluctance to launch impeachment proceedings as a means of protecting the swing-district Democrats who were key to winning back the House majority in November. But if those very lawmakers are taking it upon themselves to call for impeachment, Pelosi may soon find her stance obsolete.
What to watch: The fall is widely seen as Democrats' last chance to move forward with a formal inquiry before election season begins in earnest. As members return home, four national progressive groups tell BuzzFeed News they're launching a campaign to pressure wary Democrats on their impeachment stances through town halls and local events.
Metropolitan Books via AP
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked a bombshell series of classified documents in 2013, will release his memoir worldwide on Sept. 17.
The great oat milk shortage of 2018 was a disaster for U.S. caffeine addicts who like the taste of cow's milk, but could do without the "animal welfare and environmental concerns," Bloomberg reports.
A new Utah plant opening in 2020 will have three times the capacity as Oatly's $15 million New Jersey facility. "Will that be enough to meet demand?" asks CEO Toni Petersson. "No."
The big picture: Oatly's popularity "echoes other plant-based products' move into the mainstream ... Spikes in demand [have] forced these companies to quickly figure out how to mass-manufacture complex products made with ingredients that often aren't widely available."