🇬🇧 Good Tuesday morning. It’s Brexit decision day.
Situational awareness: "Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King was removed from his House committees [last night] in the wake of comments he made last week about white nationalism and white supremacy." (Des Moines Register)
Out of the gate, Democratic women are swarming the 2020 presidential race — outnumbering and outmaneuvering men with early announcements.
Why it matters ... This could be the month that Democrats truly become the party of women: Speaker Pelosi runs the House, AOC rules social media, and women are shaping the early days of the presidential race.
Axios' Alexi McCammond points out that as Democrats game out what type of candidate will be the most effective Trump slayer, a female challenger would paint a clear, stark contrast.
An aerial view of X-shaped steel beams that mark the border between Mexico and Columbus, N.M. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Supporters rally after Bernie Sanders spoke in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2016. (Ringo Chiu/AFP/Getty Images)
"Has the fire Berned out?" the Boston Globe's Michael Levenson asks on the front page:
Sanders is "accelerating his efforts to contain the damage from reports of sexism and harassment during his 2016 presidential campaign," per The Times.
What we're hearing ... A well-known Democratic operative tells me: "I think it’s nuts Bernie is running. It will be terrible for his reputation and could do serious damage to his politics in VT but sounds like he’s pushing forward."
Snow is kicked up by the prop wash as Marine One lifts President Trump off the South Lawn of the White House yesterday.
"For the first time, Americans' odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are higher than from a motor vehicle crash." (USA Today)
"The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week," AP reports.
Quote du jour ... President Trump, to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in New Orleans: "When it comes to keeping the American people safe, I will never, ever back down."
Mood music: L.A. Times front-page story from the Farm Bureau convention, "Farmers’ faith in Trump is slipping."
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
American workers — after 35 years of essentially flat wages — are finally clawing back real added income, Axios future editor Steve LeVine writes.
Jason Furman, a former chief economic adviser to President Obama and now a Harvard professor, says that, to achieve sustained real wage growth, productivity will have to grow much faster:
The EPA hit a 30-year low last year in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.
Antarctica is shedding ice at an increasingly rapid rate, potentially imperiling coastlines around the world as sea levels increase in response, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman writes.
Facebook is granting $300 million to news programs, partnerships and content over the next three years, a similar amount to a commitment from the Google News Initiative last year, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Why it matters ... The relationship between the news industry and Facebook has been rocky: Tech firms sap publishers' ad revenue. And Facebook algorithm changes dramatically affect how newsrooms get web traffic.
The scent of Quarter Pounders, fries and Domino's pizza wafted through the White House yesterday as President Trump saluted the Clemson Tigers for winning the college football championship, AP's Laurie Kellman reports:
Trump said he paid for the meal himself because much of the staff in the White House residence has been furloughed.