Good Thursday morning, and welcome to February! Situational awareness: 45.6 million viewers watched President Trump's State of the Union across broadcast and cable —down from 48 million for President Obama's first, before the streaming age, Axios' Sara Fischer writes. For Trump, the network champ was Fox News, with 11.5 million.
There's been a massive plot twist in "FBI v. POTUS," as Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, tweeted at 10 p.m.:
Axios' Jonathan Swan and I had been told that President Trump was set to release the memo as soon as today:
Be smart: The stunning FBI statement that we told you about in Axios PM — expressing "grave concerns" about the memo, after Trump had said "100 percent" he wanted it released — sounds like the result of an internal battle royal.
P.S. "Mueller Zeros In on Story Put Together About Trump Tower Meeting" — N.Y. Times front-pager:
The U.S. is headed for a jobless rate of 3.5% this time next year, according to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, a level reached only twice since the government began keeping such records in 1948.
Why it matters, from Axios' Steve LeVine in his weekly "Future of Work" newsletter (sign up free here):
"Tackling the Internet’s Central Villain: The Advertising Business" — N.Y. Times "State of the Art" column by Farhad Manjoo:
Visitors flock as giant panda cub Xiang Xiang opens to general public in Tokyo.
Time spent on Facebook has decreased as a result of changes to its News Feed to promote more meaningful engagement:
Republican members of Congress with medical experience put their skills to work after a train carrying dozens of them crashed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia, killing a 28-year-old in the truck, AP's Alan Fram and Heidi Brown write:
Workers prepare to cover up the Time Inc. signage with Meredith Corporation signage at the Time Inc. office building in Lower Manhattan yesterday.
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Delrisa Sewell-Henry, a home health aide, on the long, haphazard commutes she and other home health workers in New York City face on public transportation:
Coming Sunday ... The N.Y. Times Magazine Winter Olympics issue (articles live now):
The two QBs, before battle ... The New England Patriots' Tom Brady shakes hands with Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles, the "ultimate underdog," during Super Bowl 52 Opening Night, on Monday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in "The Post" (Niko Tavernise / 20th Century Fox via AP)
The snub ... "Why Didn’t Steven Spielberg Get an Oscar Nomination for ‘The Post’?" — N.Y. Times "The Carpetbagger" column by Cara Buckley:
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