Good morning — again; 11 days to President Trump. Welcome to the debut edition of Axios AM: Mike's Top 10, a pre-dawn quick read from Axios, our new media company covering the collision and convergence of business, tech, media and politics. We're pioneering some clever ways to bring you smarter, more efficient coverage.
On the sixth floor of an unmarked federal office building in downtown D.C., the Trump transition team has built a Hollywood-worthy stage set so Cabinet nominees can practice confirmation hearings, which begin tomorrow and will dominate Washington's week.
A chandelier hangs above the wood-paneled rostrum. Photos of the real senators are tacked beneath the volunteers who play questioners during the "murder boards" — 30 so far, lasting a total of 70 hours, with an average of 120 questions apiece. Fake "Code Pink" demonstrators occasionally interrupt a "hearing."
Candidate Trump was wildly unpredictable, often reckless and won bigly; Transition Trump has been wildly unpredictable, sometimes reckless, and done more than any POTUS-elect ever. So the early betting among Republicans on the Hill is he will be wildly unpredictable, episodically reckless and perhaps MORE successful in terms of legislative wins than Bush or Obama were with full party control of Washington.
… that lawyers have worked out a way for Jared Kushner, who turns 36 tomorrow, to serve in the West Wing. He'll be named "senior adviser," and is already seeking applicants for his own staff.
… after stepping into two big, persistent controversies at the end of '16: fake news and faulty data. Zuckerberg is mobilizing: He hired Campbell Brown, former NBC News star, to head news partnerships. Watch for her to work closely with another former journalist, Anne Kornblut, who has emerged as one of the most important advisers to Sheryl Sandberg. And look for Facebook to add more communication talent soon.
At 4 a.m. Saturday, 100 people were still hanging out at President Obama's farewell White House bash for alumni, celebrities (Springsteen, McCartney, Seinfeld, Paltrow, Wonder), donors — and random friends of the show like New Yorker editor David Remnick.
Notes from the Detroit Auto Show, which opens to the public next Saturday: Something many in Trump's cabinet can afford: Aston Martin and Lamborghini are planning electric models.
Uber yesterday released "Movement," an online portal for accessing anonymized data about more than 2 billion Uber trips -- at first, accessible for government officials and city planners; eventually, to the public.
Trump, "early Monday morning … in a brief telephone interview" with the NYT, called Meryl Streep "a Hillary lover" after she gave a Golden Globes speech denouncing him. He said he's "not surprised" to be under attack from "liberal movie people." Full text of Streep.
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