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⚡️Breaking: Jimmy Asci has stepped down as WeWork's chief communications officer, just 6 months after joining the co-working company from consulting firm Teneo, Axios’ Dan Primack reports.
🚨 Situational awareness: WashPost's Bob Woodward emails the question he'd ask the candidates at tonight's Democratic debate.
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As the U.S. carries out a sudden, near-total withdrawal from Syria, Russia is rushing into the breach, Axios' Dave Lawler writes.
Why it matters: The hasty U.S. exit from Syria makes it certain the outcome there will bear Vladimir Putin’s imprint.
Driving the news: Facing a Turkish offensive and abandoned by their American allies, Kurdish forces moved quickly to cut a deal with Assad and his patron, Putin. But the arrival of Syrian troops in northeast Syria set up a potential collision with Turkey.
The big picture: Turkey wants to force Kurdish forces from its border region and resettle Syrian refugees there. Assad wants to regain control over all of Syria. The Kurds want protection from Turkey and a say in their political future.
Photo: Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP
Three male dholes (pronounced "doles"), a species of Asiatic wild dog, at the Bronx Zoo.
A lawyer asked a federal judge in D.C. to shift deadlines in an ongoing case so he could watch the Washington Nationals try to reach the World Series with his 9-year-old son, per BuzzFeed News' Zoe Tillman.
⚾ The Nats, one game away from their first World Series berth in franchise history, take on the St. Louis Cardinals at 8:05 pm ET.
Woodward's answer: "Isn’t it something along these lines: Establish the next stage of good for a majority in the country, a real majority, not just one party, not a group of special interests or a base."