🏙️ Good Thursday morning. The Chrysler Building, New York's iconic 1930 art deco office tower, is for sale, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
President Trump, and vast parts of the federal government, have been consumed with walls and a border "crisis" since he tweeted a caravan warning on Oct. 16.
The border is a big deal, and the problems are real, But, as Axios' Stef Kight writes, often lost in the shutdown madness is whether the crisis is bigger than other vital issues facing the country:
The big picture: While Trump contemplates invoking a national emergency to allow the building of his wall, 31 national-emergency declarations are already active, according to CNN.
Be smart: Imagine if Trump invokes emergency power to build the wall and the Supreme Court ultimately backs him. Future presidents could unilaterally impose their will broadly — because a crisis is in the eye of the beholder.
"A beefed-up White House legal team is gearing up to prevent President Trump's confidential discussions with top advisers from being disclosed to House Democratic investigators" or revealed in the Mueller report, the WashPost's Carol Leonnig reports:
Rudy Giuliani "said the president’s lawyers have made clear to Justice Department officials that they want to see Mueller’s completed report before the department decides what to share with Congress."
The Washington metro area is home to the largest number of federal workers in the country. As their paychecks stop, the negative effects threaten to spread across the thriving region, the N.Y. Times' Sabrina Tavernise writes:
Why it matters, per the Times: The usually recession-proof region "boasts one of the country’s richest, strongest economies."
The faithful greet Pope Francis yesterday upon his arrival for the weekly general audience at the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall.
An estimated 35.3 million people saw President Trump's Oval Office address and the Democratic response, AP reports:
Sean Hannity had 7.1 million viewers, "marking his highest-rated telecast ... since his return to the 9PM/ET timeslot in September 2017," according to Fox News.
For comparison, about 25 million people watched Monday night's college football national championship game, according to ESPN.
40% of the world’s jobs could be done by machines as soon as 15 years from now, one of the world’s foremost experts on artificial intelligence, venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee, tells Scott Pelley on the coming edition of "60 Minutes":
"Many jobs that seem a little bit complex — chef, waiter, a lot of things — will [also] become automated," Lee continues.
I asked Axios future editor Steve LeVine how we should think about this.
Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is using his annual "State of American Business" today for an implicit rebuke of the Trump administration's inward-looking posture:
"We must ... reaffirm and modernize multilateral and regional organizations and cooperative arrangements — such as the WTO, NATO, the EU, and others."
"Second, and closely related, free speech is under assault at home and abroad."
"Third, ... the misuse of technology and data by even a few bad actors is dangerous and invites the very thing I warned about last year — a techlash."
Watch the speech live at 9:30 a.m. ET.
State and local Democrats are embracing a bigger role for public insurance programs, Axios health care editor Sam Baker writes:
Democrats in Colorado’s legislature are also eyeing a public insurance option.
Be smart: This spate of announcements reflects the rising liberalism we told you about yesterday — a defining issue for progressive Dems with national ambition.
"Bohemian Rhapsody," the Golden Globe-winning Queen biopic, will be released as a sing-along in more than 750 theaters in North America tomorrow, per AP:
"The expansion comes days after 'Bohemian Rhapsody' won the Golden Globe for best film drama," per AP.
"Last year, Fox held sing-along versions for 'The Greatest Showman,'" about P.T. Barnum.