Get up: It's Game Day! "College football owns Labor Day weekend and has turned it into five-day football holiday," AP says in a Week 1 preview. Good luck, Anders and 'Bama! (Sorry, @AxiosNick.)
In a new wave of revelations about how President Trump came to fire FBI Director Jim Comey, one fact may matter most in the long run.
Schmidt and Haberman broke the story yesterday that Mueller has obtained a draft of a letter (never sent) "which Mr. Trump had composed with Stephen Miller," giving "an unvarnished view" of why he was planning to fire Comey:
What Trump's lawyers can argue: These were Miller's views, not Trump's. What matters is the advice he got from his lawyers, who told him he did have grounds for the dismissal, and prepared the justification.
P.S. Cover of tomorrow's WashPost Outlook section, "Congress can't count on Mueller's investigation. It should beef up its own," per former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who co-chaired the 9/11 committee: "[T]he House and Senate intelligence committees must quickly begin planning for post-Mueller scenarios."
... about August 2017, as historians may see it, from CNN senior digital writer Eliott C. McLaughlin:
Charlottesville exposed our divisions. Harvey hid them. The eclipse showed us we are but tiny players in a vast universe, and we have more in common than we think.
"Harvey is a 1,000-year flood event unprecedented in scale," per WashPost weather editor Jason Samenow:
Houston Chronicle banner ... "As the skies clear, gritty labor continues: 'It just gets worse': Families pick up pieces amid push for a return to normal." (Read the digital paper free.)
Trump is miffed by the constraints Chief of Staff John Kelly has placed on his access to staffers and outside associates, CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak report:
Trump lashes out at Chief of Staff Kelly, per N.Y. Times' Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman: Kelly told other White House staff members that he had never been spoken to like that during 35 years of serving his country. In the future, he said, he would not abide such treatment."
P.S. "Longtime Trump aide Keith Schiller to exit post as Oval operations dir end of Sept, I'm told. Lined up job in private sector that pays more," per Bloomberg's Jen Jacobs.
"The number of [flood-insurance] policies ... has fallen in 43 of the 50 states since 2012, dropping from almost 5.5 million to just under 5 million, a decrease of 10 percent," per an AP analysis:
"Local, state and federal agencies have conducted little of the type of digital forensic investigation required to assess the impact, if any, on voting in at least 21 states whose election systems were targeted by Russian hackers," per NYT's Nicole Perlroth, Michael Wines and Matthew Rosenberg:
"Amazon, Google, Microsoft racing to make their virtual assistants more powerful and pervasive," per Wall Street Journal front-pager by Laura Stevens and Tripp Mickle:
P.S. "Apple is eyeing the studio where films from Gone With The Wind to The Matrix were shot, as the base for its big push into Hollywood production," per the Financial Times' Matthew Garrahan and Tim Bradford (subscription):
"Lights Out for Stocks: The bull's long gallop might be nearing an end," per Barron's cover story by Ben Levisohn:
What to watch for: "Neither longevity nor high stock prices, nor political turmoil usually are enough to send stocks into a protracted slide. The culprit in nearly every case is recession. The mystery is what will cause the next one."
Two possible triggers:
The takeaway: "Markets tumble all the time, but have a way of coming back, as long as the economy continues to grow."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) faces liberal backlash for not backing impeachment of Trump, per L.A. Times' Seema Mehta:
Celebrity guest star Molly Levinson closes out our summer of Saturday lit jams (which started with a valiant and much appreciated effort by the youths the Axios Newsdesk to step up my tune game) ...
There's this song, "Homecoming" by Josh Ritter, that is perfect for this weekend. I listen to it all the time when I'm running before the sun comes up, and trying to make sense of all the moving pieces in the world. It's about this time of the year, when there's a beautiful new chill in the air, and so much promise. As we welcome fall this weekend, Axions won't be able to stop listening to it.