Good Wednesday morning.
Family news: Axios has hired Felix Salmon, "the longtime financial columnist and inveterate provocateur," reports Joe Pompeo of Vanity Fair's Hive:
In private conversations with President Trump before his first Omarosa eruption, advisers counseled him to hold his tongue, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports:
And they were right. Trump's reality TV background, always a subtext of his approach to governing, this week became the dominant sensibility as he and his aides repeatedly engaged the celebrity villain from his "Apprentice" days:
A current White House official told us: "From the folks I've talked to (and I know I feel this way), it's honestly more of true disappointment that she did this."
The big picture, from an outside West Wing adviser: "Friends and allies are unfazed by the chaos around Omarosa, stunned by his retweeting Cohen ... and fearful about Manafort rolling over."
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
At least five men will definitely be replaced in Washington by women after last night's primaries, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports:
The men taken out by women include:
Be smart: Congress is going to look a lot different in January.
P.S. Minneapolis Star Tribune: Hennepin County commissioner "Jeff Johnson shocked the Minnesota political world [by winning] the Republican primary for governor [53%-44%]... [derailing] former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s bid to win back his old job. Pawlenty had been widely seen as the front-runner."
Democratic nominees for governor are more diverse than ever in 2018, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports:
LGBT Democratic candidates who have won primaries for governor include:
Be smart — N.Y. Times: "Like many racial minority or female candidates this year, many L.G.B.T. candidates are aiming to appeal to broader audiences than campaigns of the past, when gay candidates often ran in predominantly gay areas and tailored their pitches to those communities."
At least 37 people were killed when dozens of vehicles fell from a bridge in Genoa, Italy, on the eve of today's summer Ferragosto holiday. (BBC)
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
"Top Roman Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania covered up decades of child sex abuse involving more than 1,000 victims and hundreds of priests, according to a long-awaited grand jury report," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
"[M]ore than 300 priests were singled out – though some names remain redacted amid legal wrangling over the fairness of the investigation and the public report."
New Yorker drivers "made a mad dash ... to register their cars with Uber and Lyft as the mayor signed into law a first-of-its-kind, one-year cap on e-hail cars," per the N.Y. Post.
Nick Confessore cover story in The New York Times Magazine ... "The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won: Facebook and Google made billions mining personal data, and fought off anyone who threatened to stop them. Then came a challenge in their own backyard."
"By last year, Google’s parent, Alphabet, was spending more money on lobbyists than any other corporation in America."
"The Senate ... has installed 24 appellate judges since Trump was sworn in, the highest number for a president’s first two years in office," the WashPost's Sean Sullivan and Mike DeBonis report:
For Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, "this is the culmination of a years-long gambit that started with stymieing President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees, most notably Supreme Court choice Merrick Garland, and creating a backlog of vacancies on the nation’s highest courts."
The cryptocurrency market is "down 70% from its January high, reflecting user frustration over their modest inroads into commerce and a general shakeout in speculative investments," The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
Be smart: Some users "say there is a growing recognition that prices may never again reach the high levels of January and foresee a rush to sell cryptocurrencies before losses deepen further."
After 11 months, the last residential customers of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority are being reconnected. But the island's electricity system isn't in much better condition than it was before Maria cut power to every home and business, the N.Y. Times' Frances Robles reports from Ponce, P.R.:
#1 in Bon Appétit's "Hot 10: America's Best New Restaurants 2018" is Oklahoma City's Nonesuch, a 22-seat tasting-menu spot from three 20-something chefs," Bon Appetit announced:
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