President Trump got to claim a Twitter victory early this morning in that high-stakes special House election in the Atlanta suburbs. The two parties now plunge into an expensive two-month runoff as they try to excite their donors and bases heading into next year's congressional midterms:
Other big signs of energy among liberal donors ... Both parties see a surge in donations ahead of next year's Senate races, per USA Today's lead story, by Fredreka Schouten:
After a steep rise following the financial crisis, U.S. retail jobs have been plummeting since the start of the year, Axios' Steve LeVine writes:
A worthy-of-your-time Trump Country package from AP ... "Refugees and Resentment — How a community changed by refugees came to embrace Trump," by Claire Galofaro in Lewiston, Maine:
This "working-class community, built along the banks of the Androscoggin River in the whitest state in America, is a place that some point to as proof that refugee integration can work. And yet for the first time in 30 years, voters in Androscoggin County chose a Republican for president, endorsing Trump's nativist zeal against the very sort of immigrants who share their streets and their schools. ...
The sprawling brick mills that line the river sit mostly shuttered. A quarter of children grow up poor. Taxpayers pick up the welfare tab. So Trump's supporters here tie their embrace of his immigration clampdown to their economic anxieties, and their belief that the newcomers are taking more than they have earned.
Trump top economic adviser Gary Cohn has privately said he's warming to the idea of eliminating the local and state tax deduction to pay for tax cuts and simplify the code, Axios's Jonathan Swan reports:
The case of the elusive aircraft carrier ...
The memorable headline on the N.Y. Times' 1-column lead story: "AIRCRAFT CARRIER WAS NOT HEADING WHERE U.S. SAID: FAR FROM NORTH KOREA — After a Week of Asian Tensions, Officials Detail Miscues," by Mark Lander and Eric Schmitt:
Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva writes from Facebook's developers' conference in San Jose that the social network's next frontier is using devices like smartphones to decorate, distort, animate, or annotate the world around us. Yesterday's hot announcements:
What's next: Facebook today is expected to unveil new gadgets its secretive Building 8 unit has been developing.
Representatives for Fox News and Bill O'Reilly "have begun talking about an exit" and "he will probably not be back on the "Factor," per CNN's Brian Stelter:
So: Dana Perino? Eric Bolling? Jesse Watters [O'Reilly's most frequent fill-in]? An 8pm edition of "The Five?" Something else?
Axios AM is told corporate execs would love to bring in an outside, non-political big name from another network ...
Honorees last night at the Newseum's second annual Free Expression Awards:
Fun fact: Tim Cook was seated between two of my co-founders at Politico, Washington Post Publisher Fred Ryan and Axios CEO Jim VandeHei.
"In Las Vegas, Drinks Flow a Little Less Freely: Casinos are introducing technology to signal when a person has played enough poker to get a complimentary pour; 'Is my light green?'" — Wall Street journal A-Hed, by Chris Kirkham:
As Las Vegas has transformed into one of the world's most-visited tourist destinations, casino operators are re-examining the perks that historically lured gamblers. Over the past year, casinos have started charging for parking at resorts on the Strip, eliciting criticism from locals and longtime visitors who view free casino parking as a sacred tradition. Now operators have started scrutinizing complimentary drinks, introducing new technology at bars that track how much someone has gambled—and rewards them accordingly ...
It's a shift from decades of more-informal interplay between bartenders and gamblers. ... Casinos on the Strip now derive a smaller share of revenue from gambling. In 1996, more than half of annual casino revenue on the Strip came from gambling. Last year, the share was down to about a third, according to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. More of the revenue comes from hotels, restaurants and bars....
So far the system applies only to machines at casino bars. Players at slot machines on the floor can still wave down cocktail servers for free drinks.