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President Trump's blunt-force diplomacy at the United Nations yesterday reflected one of the quirks of his style on the world stage, Jonathan Swan writes:
It's Trump's theory of international relations: He praises and flatters leaders by name, while pursuing tough policies against their countries.
European allies have lost all patience with this approach by Trump, with one diplomat describing the president's speech to the UN General Assembly as a roster of grievances, sprinkled with bragging about his accomplishments.
Trump attacked the World Trade Organization, the UN Human Rights Council, OPEC, the new Global Compact on Migration, the current system of foreign aid, international peacekeeping, and globalism as a concept:
The bottom line: Trump’s speech was a full-throated nationalist war cry. Steve Bannon, who hasn’t talked to Trump in many months, would’ve been proud.
P.S. How they see us ... Cover of today's Guardian (London): "The world's derision halts Trump UN speech."
Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle their questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, at tomorrow's epic Judiciary Committee hearing.
Why it matters, from Mike Barnicle, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe":
P.S. Republicans show no sign of ditching Kavanaugh, but Dem strategists are already looking ahead to a replacement pick — perhaps Judge Amy Coney Barrett of Chicago, a Catholic conservative who would delight the GOP base.
No one "checks Google" the way they might say "check Facebook," Axios tech editor Scott Rosenberg writes:
Bill Cosby, 81 — sentenced for three to 10 years for sexually assaulting a woman in his home — spent his first night alone in a Pennsylvania prison after being accustomed to a life filled with handlers and household help. (AP)
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Judge Steven O'Neill sentencing Cosby, once a model of fatherhood:
Instagram's co-founders made their surprising exit after little things added up over time, the N.Y. Times Mike Isaac reports, including "disagreements over tweaks to their product, staffing changes and how over the last year [Mark] Zuckerberg asserted more control over their business."
P.S. from Recode: "Many close to Zuckerberg often noted that Instagram would not be the jewel it had become without Facebook and its massive social graph or its ad infrastructure shining it up."
Twenty-seven years ago — in 1991 — 1,600 African-American women took out a full-page ad in the N.Y. Times to show support for Anita Hill, according to Tayari Jones, author of the bestselling novel "An American Marriage":
I'm in New York today for the second annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum (#BloombergGBF), which draws so many CEOs, presidents and prime ministers who are in town for the UN General Assembly that it calls itself "the largest gathering of heads of state outside a formal government summit."
A Bloomberg Global Business Forum/Morning Consult Poll of 2,201 U.S. adults finds:
Go deeper: See the crosstabs.
With the ferocious backdrop of tomorrow's Kavanaugh and Rosenstein drama, a personal history project called StoryCorps will seat bipartisan pairs of senators, members of Congress, staffers, political strategists and D.C. personalities to record introspective interviews about what they love, hate, fear and wonder.
A forthcoming release says the program, One Small Step, encourages answers to questions like:
StoryCorps founder Dave Isay: "[T]his week may be the hardest time in recent history to launch an effort to bridge political differences. ... But this state of affairs is exactly why we're convinced that now is time for One Small Step."
Two heavyweight brands are slimming down: