Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 486 words, a 2-minute read.
Photos: AP (3); Reuters (U.S. soldiers guard Baghdad embassy)
For all the prior warnings and bluster, it's hard to think of a more precarious period of the Trump presidency than this very moment.
Why it matters: The surprise of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani's killing has left the world on edge.
Between the lines: A good deal of the tension comes from the range of possible outcomes.
Among the options, per the AP:
What's next: The White House is preparing to present partners and allies with intelligence on the “imminent threat” it says prompted this attack, Kirsten Fontenrose, who served on the National Security Council earlier in the Trump administration, said on an Atlantic Council conference call.
Photo: Australian Department of Defense/Helen Frank/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Wildfire victims walk down to the beach to be evacuated by the Australian navy.
Photo: Eric McCandless/ABC via AP
All-time top "Jeopardy!" money winners Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer will face off in prime time, the AP reports.
First episode airs at 8 p.m. EST Tuesday.