⏰ Good Monday morning. Today is 25 years since the first terror attack on the World Trade Center: On Feb. 26, 1993, per AP, "a group of Islamic terrorists drove a rented van into the underground parking garage ... and set off a 1,200 pound bomb in a failed attempt to collapse the twin towers." The attack killed six people and injured 1,000+.
In this era of drones and driverless cars, President Trump often sounds and feels like a man from the bygone days of station wagons and smokestacks, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei points out:
Even his diet and health routine are retro: golfing as exercise (with a cart), and a diet heavy on burgers and thick steaks.
A source close to Trump told me: "He feels he’s the personification of the American dream. ... That means building things, going back to the era of his dad. He assumes the rest of the country pines for that. "
Be smart: Trump's instincts and measures of success look back, while our most fearsome competitor, China, is projecting ahead with an emphasis on artificial intelligence and globalization.
P.S. The White House says President Trump will attend Friday's funeral for the Rev. Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C.
“When you put [all Mueller's actions] together, the White House should be extremely worried."— Benjamin Wittes, editor in chief of Lawfare, a blog that analyzes legal issues, and a friend of fired FBI director James Comey, to the N.Y. Times
A member of the Trump legal team told the Wall Street Journal that President Trump testifying for Mueller could set a bad precedent for future presidents, eroding their powers:
Global publishing event ... Becoming, a memoir by former First Lady Michelle Obama, will be published simultaneously in 24 languages worldwide:
How Team USA has performed over Winter Olympics history ...
Team USA finished fourth in the medal count: Its 23 was well short of Norway, which led the way with 39. (Germany was second and Canada was third. We edged the Netherlands, South Korea and Russia.)
Worth noting: The number of available medals has exploded in recent years. The first Games in 1924 had 16 events. By 1984, there were only 39. This year: 106.
What the president is reading ... The cover of the N.Y. Post hits "Broward cowards."
"Gov. Rick Scott ... asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the response to the Parkland school shooting, as questions mounted over the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s handling of the tragedy," the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports:
Gun outlook as Congress returns from 10-day break today ... WashPost, top of column 1, "GOP Hill leaders silent on gun bills ... Obstacles — and silence — on Capitol Hill even as clamor for new gun laws grows":
Worth the click ... Mike Barnicle column, "Teachers Belong in Classrooms, Teaching: Does anyone actually believe that shooters would have stopped because their English teacher or lacrosse coach kept a Glock in the cabinet?"
One of the great fears of legacy companies has been disruption by an adroit new startup. But a surprising new reality — led by the confluence of big data and artificial intelligence — has softened their anxiety, Axios' Steve LeVine writes:
Click here to watch IBM present the study live in Barcelona at 9:45 a.m. ET.
Fears of more repression ... "President Xi Jinping’s efforts to indefinitely extend his rule ... raised fresh fears in China of a resurgence of strongman politics — and fears abroad of a new era of hostility and gridlock," per the N.Y. Times:
"The N.R.A. Lobbyist Behind Florida’s Pro-Gun Policies: Marion Hammer’s unique influence over legislators has produced laws that dramatically alter long-held American norms," by Mike Spies in The New Yorker:
If you're in New York today ... Jim VandeHei, Dan Primack and others from Team Axios will be discussing entrepreneurship and the future of work, as part of our Smarter Faster Revolution, with the Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green and other guests.
At the event, we'll hear from two rising-star student journalists, and I traded ideas about the future of media with them:
Jemima McEvoy, 19, editor-in-chief of the Washington Square News at New York University (from Manchester, England):
Colin Sheeley, 20, news editor of the Fordham Observer (from St. Paul):
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