WSJ -> Trump defies impeachment inquiry + Turkey plans Syria offensive after Trump pulls forces

WSJ -> Trump defies impeachment inquiry + Turkey plans Syria offensive after Trump pulls forces

The Wall Street Journal.
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Here’s what we’re watching as the U.S. business day gets underway:

Trump defies impeachment inquiry. The White House said it won’t cooperate with the House probe after the administration blocked the deposition of a U.S. ambassador seen as central to the Ukraine controversy.
  • Majority of Americans back probe. Most say President Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine are a serious matter and merit an impeachment inquiry, a new WSJ/NBC poll finds.
Fed to buy more short-term bonds. The Federal Reserve will soon increase its purchases of short-term Treasury securities to avoid a recurrence of the unexpected strains experienced in money markets last month, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said.
  • Minutes will show rate lean after recent cut. The Fed will provide new clues about its thinking on where to set interest rates when it releases the record of its Sept. 17-18 meeting.
FBI’s spy work is rebuked. Some of the bureau’s electronic surveillance activities violated the constitutional privacy rights of Americans swept up in a controversial foreign intelligence program, a surveillance court has ruled.

🎧 Hear more from reporter Byron Tau in today’s What’s News podcast.

Turkey plans Syria offensive after Trump pulls forces. Kurdish militants and residents of towns near Syria’s border with Turkey prepared for a Turkish incursion with a mix of defiance and unease following the sudden departure of U.S. troops from the area.
PG&E starts to cut power for nearly 800,000 customers. The planned shut-off, covering 34 California counties over a number of days, is intended to reduce the risk of wildfires in those communities.
Global tax proposal widens net beyond U.S. tech giants. Negotiators presented a way of rewriting the rules that would also target makers of luxury goods and automobiles from Europe and elsewhere—potentially overcoming a sticking point as 134 countries grapple with how they should tax multinational corporations.
Does the NBA need China more than China needs the NBA? That issue of leverage in a rapidly escalating standoff is likely to shape the next moves in this unlikely clash between Beijing and the most popular American sports league in China.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to developers of lithium-ion batteries. John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino shared the award for work that provided access to a technological revolution including mobile phones.
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What’s Trending

Tesla rattles its battery maker. Five years after committing to invest billions of dollars in a shared battery factory in the Nevada desert, Panasonic’s relationship with the electric-car pioneer is strained.
Europe’s old universities spin out tech firms. Academic institutions across the continent are intensifying efforts to get promising ideas out of their labs and into commercial use, following U.S. rivals such as Stanford and MIT.
South Korea combats virus while North turns its back. Seoul is battling an outbreak of African swine fever that may have come from North Korea—but Pyongyang hasn’t responded to it’s neighbor’s efforts to help the regime fight the disease.
Senate faults Silicon Valley for failing to deter Russian meddling. A congressional investigation of Russia’s social-media influence criticized U.S. tech giants for helping spread misinformation during the 2016 presidential election and pushed them to better coordinate to prevent a repeat next year.
California passes rent control law amid crisis. The state will cap rent increases under a new law to be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the most significant piece of housing-related legislation in a year that also saw the shelving of a measure to relax zoning and spur more construction.
Armies of tarantulas are just looking for love. Good news if you’re a male tarantula in the San Francisco Bay Area: Warm weather has extended the mating season. Bad news: Everyone hates you, and your mate will probably kill you.
The psychology behind the “rewatch.” In the decade since streaming TV technology ushered in the concept of binge watching, repeat viewing has evolved as a phenomenon with motivations and rituals of its own.
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Tech Watch

Highlights from our technology coverage
1. Why WeWork’s IPO didn’t work. Details that were wrong or omitted from the company’s financial disclosures may have soured investors even more and may pose a risk if the company tries to go public again.

2. Samsung’s new phone is fragile. Joanna Stern retreats to a sealed dome in the woods to review the foldable device, which comes with a long list of warnings about how to handle it.

3. Uber joins the staffing industry. The struggling company has launched an app aimed at pairing businesses with temporary workers in an effort to bring in more revenue.

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— Sarah E. Needleman

Chart of the Day

What could shake up the Democratic presidential primary? Joe Biden began the year at the top of the polls and remains there now. But with four months to go before voters weigh in, there is still plenty of time for a surprise.
Note: Moving average of several major polls. Chart excludes candidates with less than 1% support. Source: Real Clear Politics

This Day in History

Oct. 9, 1967
Che Guevara Is Executed

Revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara died in Bolivia after attempting to incite political upheaval in the country. Guevara, an Argentine-born doctor, helped lead the Cuban Revolution of the 1950s after becoming a trusted comrade of Fidel and Raúl Castro. The Bolivian army initially claimed he was killed in battle but it was subsequently revealed that he was captured and executed the following day.

—Compiled and edited by Phil Nobile in New York and Lyle Brennan in London

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