President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that he's advised Trump not to issue any pardons during the course of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but noted that "when it's over," Trump can do as he pleases in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" this morning.

The big picture: Axios' Mike Allen takes a closer look at "The Pardon Game": Trump's Celebrity Edition.

Giuliani's full quote:

"The president has issued no pardons in this investigation. The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation. And my advice to him — you know, as long as I'm his lawyer — is not to do it because he'll just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved in it of any kind. I want that to come out loud and clear and not get clouded by anybody being fired, anybody being pardoned. When it's over, hey, he's the President of the United States. He retains his pardon power. Nobody's taking that away from him."

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes.

  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."

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