☕️ Good Sunday morning ... 51 days to midterms.
By all measures of American politics, this should be the moment Republicans cement an unstoppable governing majority:
Instead, Republicans are blowing it — often in mind-boggling ways, officials tell Axios CEO Jim VandeHei and me:
A Republican official deeply involved in midterm campaigns told me: "If there was any way to reduce the noise (unlikely!!), we could survive. [There's] so much noise [that it doesn't] allow people to realize economy/life is good."
Be smart: This election could echo long from now. Republicans seem certain to end this election even more defined as the party of white men, a group slowly but surely shrinking in power.
"HUGE lesson for Dems in 2020 from the primary results," Josh Kraushaar, National Journal's politics editor, tweets this morning:
Josh elaborates on this dynamic in his "Against the Grain" column, "Identity, Not Ideology, Driving the Democratic Party":
"White progressives badly underachieved in Democratic primaries for governor. African-American progressives dominated."
"Warren ... faces similar obstacles as her like-minded white progressive counterparts in the states. There’s a long history in Democratic presidential primaries of the so-called 'wine-track' candidates — Howard Dean, Bill Bradley, Gary Hart among them — generating early hype but underachieving because they failed to win support from non-white voters. Bernie Sanders had a similar problem in 2016."
Henry Kissinger says we're failing to reckon with the consequences of the AI revolution — and that when he "organized a number of informal dialogues on the subject" (it's great to be Henry Kissinger), his concerns grew.
Kissinger, 95, wrote in the June issue of The Atlantic that "[p]hilosophically, intellectually — in every way — human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence." The Atlantic has resurfaced the piece on Medium:
"Ultimately, the term artificial intelligence may be a misnomer," Kissinger writes:
Why stress can kill ... "[M]ore and more, the field of medicine is coming to understand that the connection between the heart and the emotions is an intimate one," cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar writes in the N.Y. Times "Sunday Review" section (adapted from his book, "Heart: A History," out Tuesday):
Why it matters: "[O]ur hearts are sensitive to our emotional system — to the metaphorical heart, if you will. "
Historic rainfall continues to wreak havoc in the Carolinas, where all-time rainfall records have already been broken, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman writes:
Early this week, flooding is likely to spread from the Carolinas to the Appalachians, northwest Mid-Atlantic (possibly including parts of the Washington area), and on north into New England.
Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut in Asia — "roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart," AP's Seth Borenstein writes:
Steve Bannon says he thinks Time's Up, started in Hollywood and aimed at protecting women against sexual harassment in all workplaces, is "the single most powerful potential political movement in the world," per AP.
"The Youth Sports Megacomplex Comes to Town, Hoping Teams Will Follow": Youth sports have turned into big business as small towns lure both teams and tournaments, by N.Y. Times' Joe Drape:
Lingo: "[A]s they have succeeded, these megacomplexes — and other hybrid sports/vacation destinations like them — have become staples of yet another growing youth sports phenomenon: the tourna-cation circuit."