Hap-py Friday from the Big Easy. At a time when people hate politicians, many top mayors are popular. At dinner last night at the U.S. Conference of Mayors summer leadership conference in New Orleans, I realized a big reason why:
As part of our effort to get you beyond the bubble thinking and make you aware of the most important trends and innovations, Axios is partnering with the U.S. Conference of Mayors for the next year. I'll be traveling the country, and sharing what I'm learning. Some insights from the Big Easy:
Go deeper ... Axios' Shannon Vavra is also on-scene with the mayors, and posted on ...
"Congressional investigators want to question President Donald Trump's longtime personal secretary as part of their ongoing probe into a controversial meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer," per ABC's Benjamin Siegel:
"President Trump's threats against North Korea have highlighted as never before the tension between the president's duties as chief executive and the role he often seems to prefer as the country's highest-profile TV and Internet commentator," the L.A. Times' David Lauter writes on the front page:
P.S. 82% of Americans fear nuclear war with North Korea, according to a poll from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm, given exclusively to Axios' Shane Savisky.
Another good one by Maggie from Monday, after Trump tweeted: "I think Senator [Richard] Blumenthal [D-Conn.] should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam, where he lied about his service, so he can at least say he was there."
"He handles downtime and disengaging well."
Axios CEO Jim VandeHei, prompted by a morning-long wave of online praise for our "smart brevity" architecture, tweeted in real time some of the lessons learned creating Axios six months ago, and Politico a decade before:
Sound smart: Jim told me the one management super-power he would wish for all is this: the self-confidence and judgement to hire people, with killer talent and awesome values, who want your job and can do it better. Do this and the next person they hire will do the same and your company will crush it. Don't do this, and you will have a hot mess of mediocrity. This is the Roy Schwartz Rule — and it's damn good one!Go deeper ... The Axios Manifesto.
David Brooks column in N.Y. Times, "The Google C.E.O. Should Resign":
The mob that hounded [memo author James] Damore was like the mobs we've seen on a lot of college campuses. We all have our theories about why these moral crazes are suddenly so common. I'd say that radical uncertainty about morality, meaning and life in general is producing intense anxiety. Some people embrace moral absolutism in a desperate effort to find solid ground. They feel a rare and comforting sense of moral certainty when they are purging an evil person who has violated one of their sacred taboos.
Flashback ... Axios Tech Editor Kim Hart on the broader trend of P.C./intolerance in the Valley, "Tech's tolerance problem."
P.S. Recode's Kara Swisher: "Google CEO Sundar Pichai canceled an all-hands meeting about gender controversy due to employee worries of online harassment ... Doxxing of search company staffers had already started."
The battle between Benchmark Capital and Travis Kalanick went nuclear, with the venture capital firm suing the former Uber CEO for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, Axios' Dan Primack scooped:
Stats from yesterday's Snap Inc. earnings call, as highlighted by Snapchat:
Go deeper ... Axios' Sara Fischer, "Snap stock sinks after weak earnings."
Honor guard moves the casket of former Texas Governor Mark White, who died Saturday at 77, to lie in state yesterday in the Rotunda of the Texas Capitol in Austin. Hundreds paid last respects.
Pop-up Cheetos-themed restaurant to open next week in New York, per AP: