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President Trump is livid at the betrayal and stunning allegations in Bob Woodward’s forthcoming "Fear," but limited in his ability to fight back because most of the interviews were caught on hundreds of hours of tape, officials tell Jonathan Swan and me.
After the Washington Post posted excerpts yesterday, administration officials did little to deny specific revelations in the book, and instead spent the day speculating about Woodward's likely sources.
Nevertheless, several top officials issued denials:
Some choice cuts, reflecting the way administration officials and alumni depicted Trump to Woodward:
"Trump was editing an upcoming speech with [then-staff secretary Rob] Porter. Scribbling his thoughts in neat, clean penmanship, the president wrote, 'TRADE IS BAD.'"
The book's last paragraph: "[I]n the man and his presidency [former Trump lawyer John] Dowd had seen the tragic flaw. In the political back-and-forth, the evasions, the denials, the tweeting, the obscuring, crying 'Fake News,' the indignation, Trump had one overriding problem that Dowd knew but could not bring himself to say to the president: 'You're a f@#$ing liar.'"
On the day after Robert Mueller was named special counsel, Bob Woodward writes in "Fear," President Trump "erupted into uncontrollable anger, visibly agitated to a degree that no one in his inner circle had witnessed before."
This January, former Trump lawyer John Dowd held a White House practice session for the president, designed to show Trump what Mueller testimony would be like. (Spoiler: It didn't go well.)
On the N.Y. Times' revelation about the Trump Tower meeting during the campaign, involving Don Jr. and others:
Trump life advice: "Trump gave some private advice to a friend who had acknowledged some bad behavior toward women. Real power is fear. It's all about strength. Never show weakness. You've always got to be strong. Don't be bullied. ... 'You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women.'"
When Twitter doubled its character limit from 140 to 280, Trump told staff secretary Rob Porter: "[I]t's a bit of a shame because I was the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters.'"
Why Mattis doesn't do Sunday shows:
Fred Guttenberg — father of Jaime Guttenberg, killed in the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. — approaches Brett Kavanaugh as he leaves for a lunch break from his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing.
Just as entire communities revolved around the automobile, steel and other industries in the last century, many places in America now depend almost entirely on e-commerce giants like Amazon, writes Axios' Erica Pandey.
The other side: The scores of warehousing jobs supporting many rural American towns are also among the most vulnerable to automation.
From the opening statement Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will deliver today to the Senate Intelligence Committee, when she testifies alongside Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey:
"We are learning from what happened, and we are improving. When we find bad actors, we will block them. When we find content that violates our policies, we will take it down. And when our attackers use new techniques, we’ll share them to improve our collective defense. We are even more determined than our adversaries, and we will continue to fight back."
"This is an arms race, and that means we need to be ever more vigilant."
Most Supreme Court justices are confirmed by lopsided majorities, but since the 1990s, partisan votes have become more common.
Why it matters: Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote is almost certain to continue this trend, as he faces a narrow Republican majority and fierce opposition from Senate Democrats.
(John Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images)
"Ayanna Pressley upended the Massachusetts political order on Tuesday, scoring a stunning upset of 10-term Representative Michael Capuano and positioning herself to become the first African-American woman to represent the state in Congress," writes the N.Y. Times' Katharine Seelye:
The bottom line, per Axios' Alexi McCammond: The political climate in 2018 favors women, political newcomers, and underdogs. Pressley is the latest example of that in one of the last Democrat-on-Democrat primaries of the season.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser
Bubbling beneath the battle for control of Congress during this fall's midterm election cycle is a series of consequential energy and climate fights, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" energy column.
Why it matters: From California to Colorado to Florida, the midterm elections will go a long way in shaping both state-level policies and Washington’s future appetite to consider legislation in this area.
"NBC orders new 'Law & Order' series about hate crimes," reports the Los Angeles' Times Meredith Blake:
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