Good Monday morning, and happy new year to our Jewish brothers and sisters — Shana Tova! Jake Tapper says he's still writing 5778 on his checks.
Two additions to the Axios newsletter family, both worthy of your time:
As Facebook grew, Mark Zuckerberg and his executives adopted a core belief, Evan Osnos writes in The New Yorker after spending hours with Zuckerberg: "[E]ven if people criticized your decisions, they would eventually come around."
Evan had a series of conversations with Zuckerberg over the summer (at his home, at his office, and by phone) and came away with unsparing insights into the challenges facing this most consequential of creations — and its creator:
Evan's bottom line: "Zuckerberg is not yet thirty-five, and the ambition with which he built his empire could well be directed toward shoring up his company, his country, and his name. The question is not whether Zuckerberg has the power to fix Facebook but whether he has the will."
P.S. How his life has changed: "For many years, Zuckerberg ended Facebook meetings with the half-joking exhortation 'Domination!' Although he eventually stopped doing this (in European legal systems, 'dominance' refers to corporate monopoly), his discomfort with losing is undimmed."
Hours after The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow published a second wave of vivid, on-the-record accounts of sexual assaults from women who have worked for him over the years, CBS Corp. announced that longtime leader Les Moonves will depart as chairman, president, and CEO.
Why it matters, from Axios' Sara Fischer: Moonves is the highest-profile executive to be brought down by the #MeToo era.
Be smart: CBS will conduct an extensive CEO search. But we're told that a leading internal candidate is David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime, which is part of CBS Corp.
Teens admit that digital distractions interfere with homework, personal relationships and sleep, according to a new survey of 13- to 17-year-olds.
Key findings from the study by Common Sense Media, a non-profit group focused on tech and media's impact on kids, via Axios' Kim Hart:
"Trump’s turbulent summer appears to have put many moderates and independents out of reach for Republican candidates," AP's Julie Pace writes:
New Axios-MSNBC video: Democrats are already planning their opening moves against the GOP if the House flips in November.
Hurricane Florence is going through an astonishingly rapid intensification process, and could hit anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic by Thursday or Friday.
Axios science editor Andrew Freedman has this cheat sheet:
If Florence follows current model projects and official forecasts, it would:
Be smart: This could be a major test of how President Trump handles another multifaceted crisis, this time one that is possibly at his literal doorstep.
This enhanced satellite image provided to AP by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence (third from right) in the Atlantic Ocean yesterday. At right is Tropical Storm Helene, and second from right is Tropical Storm Isaac:
"Blue-collar jobs are growing at their fastest rate in more than 30 years, helping fuel a hiring boom in many small towns and rural areas that are strong supporters of President Trump ahead of November's midterm elections," the WashPost's Heather Long and Andrew Van Dam report:
Why it matters: "Blue-collar jobs, long a small and shrinking part of the U.S. economy, are now growing at a faster clip than those in the nation's much larger service economy."
"China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning Bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China," AP's Christopher Bodeen reports from Beijing:
And it's not just Christians: "1 million Uighurs and other members of Muslim minority groups in the country's northwest have been arbitrarily detained in indoctrination camps where they are forced to denounce Islam."
A fight in Colorado over a ballot initiative curtailing oil and gas drilling is NIMBYism at its most stark, Axios' Amy Harder reports from Denver in her weekly "Harder Line" column:
Why it matters: NIMBYism — "not in my backyard" opposition — is as old as time and often has a negative reputation. But in the case of Colorado, it shouldn’t.
Coming Friday ... The first podcast from R.J. Cutler, the documentary filmmaker behind "The War Room":
Convenience shops go healthy as millennials choose wellness, AP's Kelli Kennedy reports:
"[A] new crop of niche stores aimed at millennials who can afford to pay more have completely overhauled the shelves, making gluten-free and organic products their staples, not just the side dish, along with compostable straws and on-demand delivery."
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