☕️ Good Sunday morning.
Situational awareness: The N.Y. Times today begins a series, "Rebound: Can Democrats Win in Trump States?" that highlights "the challenges for Democratic candidates, activists and voters in states that President Trump carried in 2016." First stop: Pennsylvania.
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Several top White House officials thought then and think now that President Trump made an epic error in rolling over to cooperate with Robert Mueller in the early stages of the special counsel investigation.
Trump himself thought then and thinks now that he personally has nothing to lose because he personally did nothing wrong.
One source close to the Trump team told us the full acquiescence to Mueller was "dumb" and "idiotic."
The White House made an epic gamble to try to placate Mueller rather than fight him:
Trump tweeted this morning: "The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type 'RAT.'"
Asked about the Trump team's logic, sources told Axios that his lawyers believe the president isn't in personal legal jeopardy, and so eagerly cooperated and allowed testimony:
John Dowd, who left Trump's legal team in March, was an architect of the cooperation strategy, and defended it in emails:
Be smart: Trump’s relationship with McGahn was already very strained, and has been for a long time.
School districts around the country are substantially beefing up security, but critics argue that some of the measures taken can make schools feel like prisons and can't guarantee students' safety, Axios' Michael Sykes reports:
Armed marshals in Texas have been trained to prevent the next school shooting, per NPR's Austin affiliate, KUT.
Bill Gates writes on Gates Notes: The Blog of Bill Gates that when he entered Harvard in 1973, the drawing above "was basically how the global economy worked":
Why it matters: "The portion of the world's economy that doesn't fit the old model just keeps getting larger."
"If you want to understand why this matters, the brilliant new book Capitalism Without Capital by Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake is about as good an explanation as I’ve seen."
Be smart: "Measurement isn’t the only area where we’re falling behind — there are a number of big questions that lots of countries should be debating right now."
Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm-in-arm with Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding in Vienna yesterday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West’s stance against Moscow, Reuters reports.
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In the months since electric scooters for rent started cropping up in cities across the country, local governments have scrambled to implement pilot programs with strict limits, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva writes:
Some of the backlash is undeniably part of a large anti-tech sentiment that’s been growing over the last several years, especially in cities where the industry is creating visible socio-economic divides.
Be smart: Scooter backlash is getting substantial media coverage, but it’s not as widespread as it appears. Slews of people are scooting. The backlash also exposes the refusal to acknowledge that private cars and public transit are falling short.
"In America more than a third of marriages now start with an online match-up," per The Economist's lead editorial:
Why it matters: "Romance used to be a distributed activity which took place in a profusion of bars, clubs, churches and offices; now enormous numbers of people rely on a few companies to meet their mate."
"The Next Great Fashion Trend Is … Newspapers? Thanks to an advertisement for the streetwear brand Supreme, Monday’s New York Post flew off the stands. How fashion collaborations are, perhaps, making newspapers cool again" — The Wall Street Journal's Jacob Gallagher (subscription):
"For the first time in the Post’s 216-year history, ... its infamous front page ... was upstaged by a stark wraparound advertisement":
Be smart: For Axios readers still catching up on skate culture, there's a huge resale ecosystem around Supreme.
"On resale websites, [the $1 paper] was being flipped for over 15 times its face value," the Journal reports.
Thanks for reading, and see you all day on Axios.com.