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Need To Know
Impeachment Report Released
In a party-line vote yesterday, the House Intelligence Committee approved a report summarizing a month's worth of testimony provided as part of its impeachment inquiry into President Trump's relationship with Ukraine. The report, made available to the public, contained no major new revelations but aimed to lay a foundation for the charge the president pushed Ukraine to investigate domestic political opponents, notably Joe Biden. The release shifts the spotlight to the Judiciary Committee, which kicks off a shorter series of hearings beginning today with testimony from constitutional legal scholars before formally considering whether to draft articles of impeachment. Republicans preemptively rebutted the charges and many believe the case will hinges on whether a "smoking gun" has been demonstrated - see a breakdown of that question here.

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Kamala Drops Out
Senator Kamala Harris (CA) is ending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, her campaign announced Monday. The news follows reports of staff dissension, dwindling funds, and a power struggle between Harris' campaign manager Juan Rodriguez and her campaign chairwoman (and sister) Maya Harris. While a number of candidates have bowed out of the historically crowded field, Harris is the only one to have been a top contender, peaking at 15% support in the polls before calling it quits. She rose to second place following the first primary debate in June, a performance that included an exchange with Joe Biden over school desegregation policies. Harris pulled in an estimated $2M in the 24 hours following the debate but was criticized for her long-term campaign management and an inability to find a consistent message as the campaign wore on. 

Read an inside report on how the wheels fell off her campaign here ($$, NYT).
Google Cofounders Step Down
Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page will step down as president and CEO, respectively, of Google's parent company Alphabet, the pair announced yesterday. The move marks the end of an era for the tech giant, with the duo having launched the company as Stanford graduate students two decades ago. The near-trillion-dollar behemoth is now a sprawling empire with Alphabet subsidiaries active in areas like urban planning, self-driving cars, anti-aging biotechnologies, and more. The rise of Google also paralleled the evolution of the internet into a worldwide phenomenon, turning Brin and Page into towering, if somewhat reclusive, global figures. In recent years, both had turned from the core business of Google to focus on the plethora of science projects under Alphabet's umbrella. Google CEO Sundar Pichai will become CEO of Alphabet, while still retaining his role at Google in the short term. 

Read their farewell letter here.
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