"Trump's obsession with cable TV" ... Gallons of juice in a WashPost front-pager by Ashley Parker and Robert Costa, "In a reality star's presidency, cable TV is the guiding light"
France is now in uncharted territory: No traditional party made the May 7 runoff, proving that the new, Trumpian politics has gone global. The Financial Times says the result "stunned ... established parties," and provokes "a national fight over global order."
Two distinct world views now go head-to-head. The Wall Street Journal: "Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right politician Marine Le Pen led the first round of voting ... as voters redrew the political map, placing the European Union at the center of a new divide."
The results soothed investors' fears, Axios' Chris Matthews writes: The results make it more likely that Macron will be France's next president, keeping France in the EU. That should have a positive impact on both French stocks and the U.S. economy.
"A Hollywood Story ... Steve Bannon in La-La Land," by The New Yorker's Connie Bruck:
"When Trump announced his candidacy, at Trump Tower, in 2015, Bannon saw something that others missed. Perhaps it was their temperamental similarities, and their faith in their own business instincts despite repeated failure. Trump, too, ... despised the élites that had always spurned him. Bannon sensed that he had finally found the figure who could express that anger, leading the populist rebellion of millions of Americans who felt they had been left behind."
P.S. "Trump [today] will welcome members of the conservative media for a small reception at the White House," per Politico's Hadas Gold. "Among those attending: One America News Network, The Daily Caller and Breitbart, as well as some columnists and talk radio hosts."
Sean Spicer: "They were neglected the last eight years."
"Trump, Pence allies rake in millions as new Washington lobbyists," by USA Today's Fredreka Schouten and Maureen Groppe:
"Uber's C.E.O. Plays With Fire" ... A New York Times front-pager, by Mike Isaac in San Francisco, says the "blindness to boundaries" that "is not uncommon for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs" has led Travis Kalanick "to a pattern of risk-taking that has at times put his ride-hailing company on the brink of implosion":
Kalanick ... visited Apple's headquarters in early 2015 to meet with Timothy D. Cook, who runs the iPhone maker. ... For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple's engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had been secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app had been deleted and the devices erased — a fraud detection maneuver that violated Apple's privacy guidelines.
But Apple was onto the deception, and when Mr. Kalanick arrived at the midafternoon meeting sporting his favorite pair of bright red sneakers and hot-pink socks, Mr. Cook was prepared. "So, I've heard you've been breaking some of our rules," Mr. Cook said in his calm, Southern tone. Stop the trickery, Mr. Cook then demanded, or Uber's app would be kicked out of Apple's App Store.
Valley investors are getting pickier, according to Wall Street Journal front-pager, "Once-Flush Startups Struggle to Stay Alive"
From a Wall Street Journal front-pager, "Surprise Rebound ... Against All Odds, the U.S. Tobacco Industry Is Rolling in Money":
Former President Obama's "Conversation on Civic Engagement" with hundreds of young people at the University of Chicago this morning, his first public event since leaving office, will be "a warmup for more visibility in the coming weeks," the Chicago Tribune's Katherine Skiba writes on the front page:
Seeds of a comeback? Bill O'Reilly's "No Spin News" podcast will be back tonight as he returns from vacation, per the L.A. Times:
"'The No Spin News returns,' the broadcaster announced ... on his website. It airs at 7 p.m. EDT, an hour earlier than 'Factor' used to start on Fox News. ... The ... podcast ... goes back to 2009 as a premium-access series."