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GM is laying off 14,300 employees. It's shuttering five factories in the U.S. and Canada, and says that two more closings will be announced internationally. By next year, it will no longer make the Buick LaCrosse, the Chevrolet Impala, or the Cadillac CT6 sedan. It's even killing the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid.
The big picture: All the top-selling sedans in America — the Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Altima, and Nissan Sentra — are Japanese.
What's next? Almost certainly, even more job losses.
What to watch: The future of car-making might be grim, but stock market investors are excited about self-driving cars and mobility as a service.
How it's playing ... Financial Times front page, "GM deals blow to Trump heartland" (subscription).
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Bots spreading misinformation are using more sophisticated techniques, like going after specific human influencers and targeting misleading information within the first few seconds of it being posted, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
After the 2016 election, researchers tried to understand the role bots played in spreading misinformation. What they found is that bots have been steps ahead of gaming the web for some time — in particular, social platforms like Twitter and Facebook — using a few key tactics:
The bigger picture: Most Americans say they can't distinguish bots from humans on social media, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort continued to repeatedly lie after his plea agreement, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a stunning filing last evening.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes said this "sure looks like a last-minute play to be pardoned."
P.S. ... N.Y. Times, 45 years ago today: "President Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, testified in Federal District Court in Washington that through some 'terrible mistake' she had pressed the wrong button on her tape recorder and thus caused an 18‐minute 'gap' on one of the subpoenaed Watergate tape recordings."
The White House's Christmas decorations, unveiled yesterday at a press preview, include this gingerbread house in the State Dining Room, showcasing the full expanse of the National Mall — the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument, plus the White House.
"Democrats won the House with the largest margin of [raw votes] in history for either party," NBC's Jane Timm writes.
Looks like House Dems will pick up 4-0 ... "Democrat T.J. Cox slipped past Republican incumbent David Valadao ... to take the lead in the country’s sole remaining undecided congressional race, positioning Democrats to pick up their seventh House seat in California and 40th nationwide." (L.A. Times)
A replica of the InSight Mars lander is on display at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
"Minutes after touching down on Mars, NASA's InSight spacecraft sent back a 'nice and dirty' ... dust-speckled image [that] looked like a work of art to scientists," AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn reports:
"'Touchdown confirmed!' a flight controller called out just before 3 p.m. EST, setting off jubilation among scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., who had waited in white-knuckle suspense for word to reach across 100 million miles of space."
At the Jet Propulsion Lab, InSight team members Kris Bruvold (left) and Sandy Krasner cheer after receiving confirmation that InSight touched down.
Ahead of this week's G20 summit in Argentina, it's clear from an interview President Trump gave The Wall Street Journal — and from our own reporting — that his faith in tariffs is as strong as ever, per Axios' Jonathan Swan.
The interview's key exchange:
This suggests that, as Trump has been telling people he talks to regularly, he doesn't expect a breakthrough.
The Ukraine crisis presents an important new test for President Trump, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports:
Why it matters ... The N.Y. Times says there's a risk of a wider war:
The big question: Will Trump say anything about Russia taking its aggression even further? Or will he normalize this rogue behavior?
Launching at 7 a.m. ET today ... Fox Nation, an on-demand, subscription-based service ($5.99/month) that will include a weekly video from conservative social media stars Diamond & Silk.
Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer says Fox News joins a very competitive field in the conservative news-streaming space.
The bigger picture: Fox News joins other networks in trying to build a direct-to-consumer video product that they can sell without going through pay-TV providers, which keep the data.
"The Inside Story of Mike Isabella’s Fallen Empire ... How alcohol, infighting, and a sexual harassment scandal turned the prince of DC dining into a pariah," by Jessica Sidman and Anna Spiegel in the December issue of Washingtonian (highlights courtesy senior editor Andrew Beaujon):
Problems in Isabella’s company went beyond a sexual harassment lawsuit he settled with a former employee: