First in Axios AM ... President Trump is establishing an American Technology Council to help the government deliver better digital services. The administration is bringing big names from the Silicon Valley to the White House in early June, to try get ideas and cooperation from a group that has been skeptical.
Mark McKinnon — agreeing with my Day 100 point that Trump has been more conventional than critics feared or diehards hoped — reminds me that in the closing scene of Season 1 of Showtime's "The Circus," McKinnon said as he left the White house after Trump met with Obama on Nov. 10:
"For those who are disappointed by this outcome, I would just say this: Maybe your greatest hopes are not going to be realized. But I think that probably your greatest fears won't be, either."
Axios' Jonathan Swan — in Sneak Peek, his Sunday evening newsletter, scooped that top White House and Hill leadership sources think this could be Accomplishment Week, with a health-care bill passing the House. Last night, leaders announced a deal to fund the government through Oct. 1. Today's front pages:
President Trump got a 100-day gift yesterday from the paper he had called "totally failing" at a rally the night before: The New York Times' Sunday Review began a campaign to get readers to "Say Something Nice About Donald Trump," and a cover story of the section respectfully channeled the Steve Bannon world view.
In Sunday's paper:
Axios' Amy Harder's weekly energy column, "Harder Line," reports: "Pipeline, oil and gas companies — along with their Beltway lobbying groups — are telling the Trump administration that domestic steel requirements would be almost impossible to meet and prohibitively expensive."
This sounds unusual — let me know if you have heard about similar resistance by federal employees in your area. The Chicago Tribune's front page spotlights protests by EPA employees about planned Trump budget cuts, with local workers hoping that educating the public on cleanup jobs may save some jobs:
Wall Street Journal front page, "Apple's Mountain of Cash Is Set to Top $250 Billion," by Tripp Mickle: "The money, more than 90% of which is stockpiled outside of the U.S., has drawn fresh attention as ... Trump has proposed slashing business taxes and granting a one-time tax holiday on corporate cash brought home."
The narrative ... "Trump's first 100 days were actually pretty good for tech," by Axios Tech Editor Kim Hart: "A number of Silicon Valley's post-election fears didn't materialize in the first 100 days — including a significantly gutted H-1B visa program and calls for increased law enforcement access to encrypted data. ... A number of big-ticket issues still wait in the wings, like patent reform, merger reviews and encryption."
"AP reveals hidden horror of sex assaults by K-12 students": "Across the U.S., thousands of students have been sexually assaulted, by other students, in high schools, junior highs and even elementary schools — a hidden horror educators have long been warned not to ignore."
The New Yorker's Evan Osnos, "How Trump Could Get Fired: The Constitution offers two main paths for removing a President from office":
"During the past few months, I interviewed several dozen people about the prospects of cutting short Trump's Presidency. I spoke to his friends and advisers; to lawmakers and attorneys who have conducted impeachments; to physicians and historians; and to current members of the Senate, the House, and the intelligence services. ...
"Although some of my sources maintained that laws and politics protect the President to a degree that his critics underestimate, others argued that he has already set in motion a process of his undoing. All agree that Trump is unlike his predecessors in ways that intensify his political, legal, and personal risks. He is the first President with no prior experience in government or the military, the first to retain ownership of a business empire, and the oldest person ever to assume the Presidency."
Sum-up of White House Correspondents' Dinner weekend, by N.Y. Times' Michael Grynbaum on page A15, "Typically Chummy Ritual Offers Moment of Catharsis":
Loud cheers and a palpable sense of defiance broke out when the president of the Correspondents' Association, Jeff Mason of Reuters, declared with sermonlike ferocity: "We are not fake news. We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people." It was the longest ovation of the night. ...
The celebrity quotient was notably low. The biggest Hollywood names in attendance included the actors Matthew Modine and Alan Ruck.
[J]ournalists who did attend were greeted outside the event site, the Washington Hilton, by an unexpected sight: a small group of supporters, some from as far away as Boston, who had come to cheer the news media.