🍁 Good Tuesday morning, and welcome back.
Situational awareness: CNN's Stephen Collinson points out that the four-day Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh — which begins at 9:30 a.m. today, just 63 days before midterms — is the start of a "critical period that might lay the foundations for the nation's ideological course for years and even decades."
Breaking from WashPost: "Two months ahead of the midterm elections, Democrats hold a clear advantage over Republicans in congressional vote support, with antipathy toward President Trump fueling Democratic enthusiasm, ... a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds."
Facebook might have more people more connected for more hours than any company in human history. But it’s Twitter, with a fraction of the users, that controls what the media and much of America think about, talk about — and try to censor.
Twitter’s awesome power was on full display on Labor Day, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei writes:
This was simply the latest example of liberals demanding — and getting — swift action against the media, companies and platforms:
The New Yorker fracas unfolded after Trump used Twitter to own the holiday conversation by bashing the "Rigged Witch Hunt," John Kerry, Richard Trumka, and his own Justice Department for indicting sleazy congressmen for disqualifying behavior.
Be smart: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are walking into a political firestorm on Capitol Hill tomorrow.
With a tweet complaining that indictments of two congressmen "by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department" put GOP seats at risk, President Trump guaranteed a confirmation minefield for any future attorney general, Jonathan Swan reports:
The tweet rattled even key Republicans:
Why it matters: These Trump tweets will become litmus tests in the confirmation hearing of any future Trump attorney general.
Be smart: This tweet tested the faith of some of Trump's usually reflexively defensive supporters. Of course, the biggest diehards will stick by him. But he lost some who had already begun to lose patience.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is already in Washington, and will make stops on Capitol Hill today ahead of twin hearings tomorrow — first a duet with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg before the Senate Intelligence Committee, then solo for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Key points Dorsey will make, per Twitter:
Key points Sandberg will make, per Facebook:
"Brazilian President Michel Temer says the government is seeking funding from companies and banks to help rebuild the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro after it was destroyed by fire," BBC reports:
What was lost: "The flames tore through hundreds of rooms containing some 20 million artifacts. They ranged from fossils and the reconstructed skeleton of a dinosaur to Roman frescoes and pre-Columbian Brazilian objects."
"Escalating the heated battle for students, some private colleges are offering to match public in-state tuition," The Wall Street Journal's Melissa Korn reports (subscription):
Why it matters: "Some colleges, facing dwindling populations of local high school graduates, are motivated to attract students from across the country."
"Americans have started shopping more — in stores. From the garden section at Walmart to the diamond counters at Tiffany & Company, old-school retailers are experiencing some of their best sales growth in years," the N.Y. Times' Michael Corkery reports:
"Many successful stores are now a cross between a fast-food drive-through and a hotel concierge":
Former Vice President Joe Biden "is convinced he can beat President Donald Trump, friends and advisers say, and he has given himself until January to deliberate and size up potential competition," AP's Tom Beaumont and Steve Peoples write:
"Ten years after the worst financial panic since the 1930s, growing debt burdens in key developing economies are fueling fears of a new crisis that could spread far beyond the disruption sweeping Turkey," the WashPost's David Lynch writes:
Why it matters: "The prospect of a new debt crisis is striking because the world has already seen two in the past 10 years."
Mark Leibovich of the N.Y. Times, out today with "Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times" (Penguin Press) chatted with me at a Peet's Coffee in downtown D.C:
Leibo writes that football, like politics, has grown "hotter ... under the raw nihilism of today's culture."
Leibo writes that the elderly moguls arrive at NFL owners' meetings "in Town Cars and wheelchairs":
Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with Nike, even without having a job in the NFL, AP's Rob Maaddi writes:
P.S. ... WashPost, top of column 1, "As new NFL season begins, national anthem controversy drags on with no clear solution," by Mark Maske:
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