🎰 Happy Monday from Vegas, where I'm covering the Consumer Electronics Show, "the global stage for innovation," with Ina Fried and Sara Fischer. Live updates here.
Situational awareness: Trump tariffs bite U.S. factories, including in politically key Michigan, with layoffs likely as costs rise. (N.Y. Times' Peter Goodman) ... Joementum? Biden is under pressure to decide on 2020 by the end of January. (NYT's Jonathan Martin)
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The tech giants are facing a barrage of tough, negative coverage, with some of the same dynamics that drive saturation coverage of President Trump.
Facebook better get used to it — and Twitter and Google's YouTube can see the increased scrutiny they're likely to get ahead of the 2020 presidential race.
Just like with Trump after his election, many news outlets feel guilty that they weren't tougher on Facebook sooner, and now are trying to compensate.
The barrage is likely to spread to some of Facebook's Bay Area neighbors: Many major news organizations — including The Washington Post, The Atlantic and CNN — are staffing up for greatly expanded tech coverage.
So Big Tech will be covered like a presidential candidate — everyone piling on the same story.
Be smart: The biggest platforms have the power and reach of nation-states — or greater — and increasingly will be treated as such.
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At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, we'll see a preview of the battle to connect everything from refrigerators and cameras to toilets and showers, Axios' Ina Fried and Sara Fischer report.
What's next: Right now, consumers have a choice whether to allow Alexa-like voice assistants into their homes. But expect that choice to vanish over the next few years as more devices gain internet connections, and built-in voice assistants become routine add-ons.
What was once the rare "smart" fridge or speaker will soon be the norm:
The bottom line: The time is now to set standards — not just the technical and legal ones that let these devices all talk to one another, but also the social ones that dictate what is and isn’t appropriate.
🚨 This is the week federal workers could miss a paycheck.
The administration is "scrambling to mitigate its effects on Americans expecting to get a tax refund next month, those who rely on federal assistance for their housing, and vulnerable national monuments," the WashPost reports on A1:
Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer, giving Axios an exclusive preview of his annual Top 10 global risks, says the #1 geopolitical danger of 2019 will be the crises we ignore, "setting ourselves up for trouble down the road. Big trouble."
Bremmer calls them "bad seeds."
Among them: "The strength of political institutions in the US and other advanced industrial economies. The transatlantic relationship. US-China. The state of the EU. NATO. The G20. The G7. The WTO. Russia and the Kremlin. Russia and its neighbors. Regional power politics in the Middle East. Or in Asia."
"White House national security adviser John Bolton ... outlined conditions for a U.S. troop departure from Syria that appeared to contradict President Trump’s insistence ... that the withdrawal would be immediate," the WashPost's Karen DeYoung and Karoun Demirjian report:
Be smart, from the N.Y. Times' David E. Sanger et al.: The conditions "could leave American forces there for months or even years."
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Regulatory lawsuits: Last year, Trump proposed sweeping regulatory rollbacks of most of his predecessor’s aggressive environmental agenda — nearly 80 by this N.Y. Times count.
Ailing coal and nuclear: Trump’s promise to keep open economically struggling coal and nuclear plants hasn't translated into action after more than a year.
Carbon taxes: Canada, which implemented a nationwide carbon tax Jan. 1, will be an important test case for carbon taxes after opposition elsewhere, including Washington state.
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Although No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson meet tonight in their third college football championship in four years (they met in the semifinals the other year), this game is unpredictable, Kendall writes:
8 p.m. ET, ESPN (with a variety of other ways to watch)
Longtime CBS News producer Susan Zirinsky "is replacing CBS News President David Rhodes in March, becoming the first woman to lead the storied division in the network’s history," the L.A. Times' Steve Battaglio writes:
"Top female executives have been rare in network TV news."
Rhodes said in an email to his colleagues: "The world we cover is changing, how we cover it is changing — and it’s the right time for me to make a change too."
Richard Stengel — MSNBC political analyst, and former Under Secretary of State in the Obama administration — tells me he has finished a book called "Info Wars: How We Lost the Global Information War."
Stengel calls the book "the first and only insider account exploring how the U.S. tried — and failed — to combat the global rise of disinformation that eventually spilled into the 2016 election."
"What I saw ... was the innovative use of disinformation by ISIS and Russia on social media through the weaponization of grievance."
Asked about Alex Jones' Infowars, Stengel said: "Titles are not copyrighted — plus we have a space between Info and Wars."
Christian Bale, in his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, points to the "charisma-free" demand of his role as Dick Cheney in "Vice":
The big picture ... "It was a mix of business as usual and overwhelming sea change at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, ... where the film and television industry gathered to ... be seen by one another at the crowded Beverly Hilton bar during commercial breaks," L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali writes.