Axios events launch next week in D.C.:
With wiretapping, WikiLeaks and a rebellion on the right over Trumpcare specifics, the president has mostly had a terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad week in the media. But even Democrats who have visited the White House tell us that behind the scenes, he's coming into his own with the art of the schmooze:
Chaser: It'll take more than charm ... Lead story on WSJ.com, "Opposition Mounts as GOP's Health Bill Undergoes Review: Groups representing hospitals, doctors and seniors are urging House GOP leaders to put the brakes on their plan to overhaul Obamacare."
The American workforce is shrinking, except for immigrants, Axios' Chris Matthews writes from New York:
The native-born U.S. workforce is began to shrink last year, and the entire projected growth between today and 2035 will be driven by immigration, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.
"No matador in sight as bull market in U.S. stocks turns 8," by Reuters' Chuck Mikolajczak and Rodrigo Campos in N.Y.:
Key stat: "The unemployment rate at the start of the bull market was 8.3 percent, on its way to a high of 10 percent in October 2009. The most recent payrolls report showed an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent."
Multiple government agencies are in a state of staffing gridlock, with Cabinet secretaries having their chosen employees routinely returned by the White House, according to Axios' Jonathan Swan:
Wall Street Journal lead story, "Contractors Seen As Focus In CIA Leak," by Shane Harris:
Axios' Caitlin Owens isolates a key provision of the Trumpcare plan:
"Counties are increasingly super red or super blue, with less and less in between," by David Wasserman of Cook Political Report, on FiveThirtyEight:
"Of the nation's 3,113 counties (or county equivalents), just 303 were decided by single-digit margins — less than 10 percent. In contrast, 1,096 counties fit that description in 1992."
Tom Edsall on NYTimes.com, "Trump's Political Stew: The president's electoral coalition has been 50 years in the making. It may prove to be enduring":
The Atlantic's Ron Brownstein, "Can Millennials Save the Democratic Party? The 2020 election is projected to mark the first time in more than 40 years that baby boomers aren't the largest generation of eligible voters":
This surfaced on N.Y. Times' Upshot in 2015, but returned on the social medias yesterday for International Women's Day ("Be Bold for Change"). It's still true, and still eye-opening ...
"Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men Named John," by Justin Wolfers:
"Among chief executives of S.&P. 1500 firms, for each woman, there are four men named John, Robert, William or James. ... Jims, Bobs, Jacks and Bills — combined — outnumber the total number of women, including every women's name, from Abby to Zara."