President Trump is cutting against historical and political norms on a trifecta of big issues at the heart of U.S. domestic, economic and security policy:
A Trump administration official familiar with the situation told Jonathan Swan that the president "is definitely serious about" closing the border and "has talked about it quite a few times and wanted to do it several times."
But administration officials privately say it's unlikely Trump will follow through on his threat, and acknowledge that they're nowhere near prepared to execute on such a radical plan on the president's threatened timeline of this week.
The backdrop: A swelling number of asylum seekers from Central America is straining the immigration system to the breaking point, AP reports.
Gavin de Becker, a celebrity security consultant who has had Jeff Bezos as a client of 22 years, makes a bombshell allegation about how Bezos' texts and pics leaked to the National Enquirer:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an op-ed published yesterday that entities outside of Facebook should set the standards for the "distribution of harmful content" online and hold platforms like his accountable.
Zuckerberg said legislation on online political advertising "should be updated to reflect the reality of the threats and set standards for the whole industry."
Zuckerberg's piece was published in today's Washington Post (print headline: "The Internet needs new rules"), Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (Germany), Sunday Independent (Ireland) and Le Journal du Dimanche (France).
Thousands of buildings around the world, including the United Nations headquarters in New York, turned out their lights for Earth Hour last night.
"Beto O'Rourke stood blocks from a makeshift shelter under a Downtown El Paso international bridge for his presidential campaign kickoff rally ... and challenged President Donald Trump's immigration policies." (El Paso Times)
Every single person Axios' Alexi McCammond talked to at the kickoff mentioned O'Rourke positivity and charisma first, though some want to hear more about his policy stances.
"It is harder than ever to get into a top-tier college," the N.Y. Times reports:
"Last year, Stanford ... announced that it would no longer release admissions data to the public, only to the federal government."
After NASA canceled the first all-female spacewalk for lack of medium-size spacesuits, working women on Earth shared their own stories about male-centered equipment, the WashPost's Jena McGregor reports:
"I work in an ambulance, where everything from the driver's seat to the latch on the cot is made for your average sized man," a Canadian woman tweeted.
Celebrity restaurateur Danny Meyer to the N.Y. Times' Frank Bruni:
"James Beard famously told people that when he was stopped in airports and asked what his favorite restaurant was, he answered: 'It’s the same as yours ... It's the one that loves me the most.'"
"Veep" kicks off its seven-episode, seventh and final season tonight on HBO (10:30 p.m. ET/PT), with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the "desperately narcissistic" Selina Meyer, hitting the presidential campaign trail. Tonight's episode: "Iowa."
Disclosure: HBO recently renewed Season 2 of "Axios on HBO."
"Saturday Night Live" cold open:
"Trump" tweets giddily: "Free at last, free at last! ... The pardons are already in the mail. ... Russia, if you're watching, go to bed. Daddy won!"
"Rudy Giuliani" pops up at the end: "I guess I was a legal genius the whole time."