Good Tuesday morning. Ahead of my Axios News Shapers conversation with Al Gore at 8 a.m. today, the WashPost has this headline: "One of the most worrisome predictions about climate change may be coming true."
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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, visiting Washington as part of Silicon Valley's new attentiveness to D.C., told Axios’ Sara Fischer and me that tech companies still need to do more to deal with the unintended consequences of the power of their platforms.
In addition to running the world’s largest professional network (546 million members), Weiner has been atop the tech rocket for a quarter-century, with stints at Yahoo and the iconic venture capital firm Greylock Partners.
Why it matters: Weiner's comments echo those of other tech leaders that suggest new-age tech firms can no longer use the excuse of being well-intentioned but naive when faced with the unforeseen consequences of their products.
Despite being a data-based ad platform, LinkedIn is rarely mentioned as a part of the Big Tech reckoning that's gripping news headlines.
Weiner said the reality he was sketching "isn't necessarily specific to our industry, but by virtue of the rate of the change, I think it's accentuated."
Sara points to other industries facing unintended consequences:
Go deeper: Video from the interview of Jeff Weiner by Sara and me.
P.S. You'll want to read ... Sara Fischer's popular Media Trends newsletter, out later this morning (sign up free here):
At an Axios event in Chicago yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel told me midterm Democratic candidates are unwise to rely on the allure of impeaching President Trump as an issue in November's races:
The backdrop: The N.Y. Times reported that Republicans are trying to energize their base and lure moderate voters by warning that Dems "will immediately move to impeach President Trump if they capture the House."
P.S. Rahm's big idea for governments ... One of the most common complaints to Chicago's 311 hotline is streetlights being out, and Mayor Emanuel told me the city is converting 270,000 sodium bulbs, one by one, to an LED smart grid model:
David Leonhardt, N.Y. Times Op-Ed columnist and associate editorial page editor, declares this "A Time for Big Economic Ideas":
Be smart: Leonhardt is arguing for an opening for progressive policy. But this notion should be inspiring for people across the spectrum.
The menu for tonight's State Dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron was previewed in the State Dining Room.
The public's views of James Comey, and President Trump's decision to fire him, have been baked in for the last year — so Comey's high-profile book tour hasn't moved the needle.
Statement from the office of George H.W. Bush:
CNN's Jamie Gangel, who is close to the Bush family, reported that President Bush 41 was in intensive care last night:
"A curb-jumping Ryder van turned the first truly gorgeous spring day into a nightmare unlike anything Toronto has ever known, ... cutting a high-speed swath through pedestrians along Yonge St., ending at least 10 lives and wounding at least 15 others," the Toronto Star reports:
Why it matters, from a (Toronto Globe) & Mail editorial: "The hope that this peaceful, diverse Canadian city might be exempt from the horror of vehicular attacks is gone."
Sen. Rand Paul at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting yesterday (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
"Secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo narrowly eked out an endorsement from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ... after President Trump and a Democratic senator intervened at the last minute, all but guaranteeing that [the current CIA director] will be confirmed by the full Senate later this week," the WashPost writes:
P.S. "Senate lawmakers have postponed the confirmation hearing for Ronny L. Jackson, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, after top Republicans and Democrats raised concerns about his qualifications," per the WashPost.
Beginning May 25, "Brussels wants its new General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, to stop tech giants and their partners from pressuring consumers to relinquish control of their data in exchange for services," The Wall Street Journal writes on A1:
P.S. "NYSE challenges Nasdaq’s reign as king of the tech IPO: Having secured Snap and Spotify, Big Board readies for battle over Uber and Airbnb," per the Financial Times (subscription):
I was in Chicago yesterday and of course hunted down the print papers on a bottom shelf at the airport. The Sun-Times cover was blank. You had to turn to Page 2 to find out why — this "urgent appeal":
Out today ... Jake Tapper's novel, "The Hellfire Club," is a thriller set in Washington in 1954, with a mix of Cold War intrigue and Georgetown glamor:
A friend points out that those looking for resonance with today's Washington won't have to look far:
My take: Back in high school in California, my Potomac fever was fed by Allen Drury's 1959 novel, "Advise and Consent," with a Senate confirmation drama as the centerpiece. Jake's feat will do the same for some of our successors.
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