Good Saturday morning! Situational awareness ... Why tomorrow's national election in Italy matters, per the N.Y. Times' Jason Horowitz in Rome: "The political forces that have torn at the global order and the European Union have settled into the mainstream. Fascists rallied in large numbers in Italian piazzas. ... Formerly unthinkable suggestions, like the mass deportation of migrants, became virtually routine."
President Trump arrives yesterday with First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Pence at the funeral of the Rev. Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C. (Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images)
There's a contagion of Washington coverage that isn't worthy of your time. The stories sound dramatic but tell you little, if anything.
See if you can spot the pattern:
Why it doesn't matter: All we know is what yappy witnesses tell reporters they were asked about.
Be smart ... Jonathan Swan emails me: "The very important collective impact of this reporting is that it could make Trump more angry than ever about the probe."
The bottom line ... Here's one headline that's true: "Expect more ‘surprises’ from Mueller probe, former crusading prosecutor says."
This is surprising, and a big deal if it holds ... "Trump plans to apply his steel and aluminum tariffs globally and won’t exempt allies such as Canada and Europe, ... an approach that is likely to intensify protests," the Wall Street Journal's Jacob Schlesinger reports:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day, from a front-pager, "G.O.P. Warns Trump on Jobs" (online: "Trump's Steel Tariffs Raise Fears of a Damaging Trade War") ... Peter Petri, economist and trade expert at Brandeis University's International Business School:
How it's playing:
"The Trump administration is working on an expanded U.S. missile defense policy that would address certain threats from Russia and China, departing from a previous strategy that focused nearly exclusively on rogue nations such as North Korea and Iran," per the WashPost's lead story, by Paul Sonne:
These two combinations of pictures show Israeli border police arresting a foreign demonstrator during a protest yesterday in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah.
The combination of pictures below shows Israeli border police dragging a foreign demonstrator, whom they arrested yesterday during a protest, through a gate in the controversial separation wall between the West Bank village of Bilin and the Israeli settlement of Modiin Ilit.
Photo via Axios video team
Facebook officials came to Washington to talk about solutions to problems with how the platform is used ("Connect in Meaningful Ways Online ... Building Better Products for Families ... Young People, Technology and Well Being").
"The Silicon Valley elite’s latest status symbol: Chickens ... Their pampered birds wear diapers and have personal chefs — but lay the finest eggs tech money can buy" — lead of tomorrow's WashPost Business section, by Peter Holley in S.F.:
"India regained its status as the world’s fastest growing major economy in the October-December quarter, surpassing China for the first time in a year as government spending, manufacturing and services all picked up." (Reuters)
"Anthony Scaramucci, President Donald Trump’s former communications director, is on a list of people blocked from entering the White House without special approval," per Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs and Justin Sink:
An insider texted me: "Never start a war with a 4 Star Marine general."
"The president ... is cutting back [per] doctor’s orders to drop a few pounds ... Less red meat, more fish" and salads, Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs and Shannon Pettypiece report:
"Can Venezuela Be Saved? As a nation unwinds, Leopoldo López, the opposition’s most prominent leader, sits under house arrest and contemplates what might still be possible," by Wil S. Hylton:
Q-Tip performs at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 6. (Jati Lindsay / Kennedy Center via AP)
The Kennedy Center, trying to shed an image of white elitism in a largely black city, is embracing hip-hop culture in a major way, AP's Ashraf Khalil reports:
"Inside the building, staffers refer to the traditional programming staples by the acronym SOB: symphony, opera and ballet. President Deborah Rutter acknowledged that the shift has sparked some concern among what she called 'the dyed-in-the-wool, I only want to hear "La Traviata"' audience."
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