Good Tuesday morning. Today is 250 days of President Trump.
The Washington Post added a key phrase to the online version of yesterday's top-of-front-page blockbuster, "Obama sought to prod Facebook on Russia role."
With a notation that the story "has been updated with an additional response from Facebook," the story now adds — after reporting that "Obama made a personal appeal to Zuckerberg to take the threat of fake news and political disinformation seriously" — "though the president did not single out Russia specifically."
The Post story is part of a perfect storm suddenly blowing against the tech giants. Facebook is in the eye, because of rising revelations about paid Russian propaganda spread during the 2016 election.
With media and legislative scrutiny rising, we talked to tech executives about how they plan to handle the onslaught. The key takeaways:
Be smart: Politicians in both parties see political advantage in making Big Tech a target. And as the 2018 midterm elections get closer, there'll be more focus on deterring last cycle's tsunami of hacking and fake news. So the collision of tech and Washington is likely to be a defining saga of the year ahead.
The Federal Election Commission is asking political ad buyers for comments about potential new restrictions and disclosure rules, Axios' Sara Fischer scoops at the top of today's issue of her weekly Media Trends newsletter:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Ri Yong-ho, the foreign minister of North Korea: "Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country."
Steve Coll in The New Yorker, "Madmen Theories ... Never before have two leaders in command of nuclear arsenals more closely evoked a professional wrestling match" ("Talk of the Town lead"):
"Trump's instinct to provoke may now be tripping him up," by WashPost's Michael Scherer ("White House Debrief," on A1): "While it's not clear what the ultimate effect of sticking to old habits will be for his presidency, his rejection of the unifying traditions of the White House has already had a clearly negative effect on his political support."
Sports Illustrated cover feature, "Athletes Are Not Going to 'Stick to Sports' and That's an Admirably American Thing," by Charles Pierce: "The protests of today are not about the anthem or the flag or the troops, or even about Donald Trump. The protestors are high-profile African-American athletes raising awareness of how lower-profile African-Americans are often mistreated by police officers."
P.S. WashPost Style front, "The anti-Trump industrial complex," by the great Ben Terris:
"Puerto Ricans hunt for precious Wi-Fi and cell signals," by AP's Danica Coto in San Juan: "The low murmur at one of two free Wi-Fi hotspots is occasionally interrupted by the cheering of someone getting through the largely jammed network. Most spend hours frowning at their phones, unable to connect."
CNN this morning: "QUESTIONS MOUNT ABOUT TRUMP'S RESPONSE TO PUERTO RICO."
Axios' Stef Kight: "Puerto Rico has been devastated by Hurricane Maria, but interest from the U.S. is substantially less than during both Harvey and Irma."
ABC's Jimmy Kimmel last night, on the apparent death of the latest Republican health-care bill, with the announcement of opposition by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine:
"This bill is almost certainly dead. At the very least, it's on life support — which isn't covered. ... The best news is: Now I can go back to talking about the Kardashians."
President Trump was in an unapologetic mood last night, dining on beef Wellington with conservative grassroots leaders in the Blue Room, joined by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House aides Marc Short, Kellyanne Conway and Nick Ayers.
Steve Bannon went — as Steve Bannon might say — "buck wild" inside a barn in Fairhope, Alabama, last night, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports from D.C.:
The networks will be out today with their final 2016-17 news ratings, and everyone (says they're) a winner:
Fake Force One ... "A strange new pop-up museum in Rhode Island [that features] a full-scale replica of Air Force One [was unveiled by] Howie Franklin, who served as chief steward to five presidents aboard the official flying White House," according to David Collins of The Day in New London, Conn.:
P.S. "An Alternate Site for Business Meetings: Movie Theaters," by N.Y. Times' Amy Zipkin: "As travel becomes more complicated, technology becomes more sophisticated and organizations place an increasing emphasis on the efficient use of time, the humble movie theater is able to play a role as an alternative place for a meeting."