For two people who (now) loathe each other, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have a lot more in common these days than either would care to admit:
Trump and Clinton were friendly, if not friends, from New York: Trump donated to her campaigns and the Clinton Foundation (and in 2012 famously called her "a terrific woman ... I like her"). Hillary and Bill Clinton attended his third wedding, to Melania, in Palm Beach in 2005.
All that vanished, of course, in an election where "Lock her up!" was a standard chant at Trump rallies. And Hillary Clinton, promoting "What Happened," told Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour" yesterday: "[T]he Trump presidency poses a clear and present danger to our country and to the world."
Be mischievous: A Washington poohbah who knows both of them texted me: "Both are plutocrats masquerading as populists."
Be smart ... The Trump-Clinton axis reflects two reasons the 2016 election won't go away:
So there are plenty of times when you see Donald Trump, but hear Hillary Clinton.
The last two grafs of a Wall Street Journal story on page A4, "Facebook Gave Special Counsel Robert Mueller More Details on Russian Ad Buys Than Congress," could turn out to be the lead of the Mueller Report, and his indictment of the modern info consumption machine:
P.S. Wall Street Journal front-pager, "Tech Firms Face Political Pressures": "The industry's standing suffered again in the past week when lawmakers laid plans for public hearings to examine whether Facebook and other social-media platforms were used by foreign governments during the 2016 campaign."
Bite of the day ... Speaking about North Korea during a preview of Trump's appearance at the United Nations next week, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster — accompanied by U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley — told reporters at the top of the White House briefing:
Breaking ... Defiant Kim Jong-un says North Korea is nearing its goal of "equilibrium" in military force with the United States, according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency:
Stepping back ... In the five weeks since Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury," North Korea has launched three missiles and tested a hydrogen bomb, AP's Deb Riechmann notes:
Frank Giaccio, 11, of Falls Church, Va., gets a hand while he mows the lawn in the Rose Garden.
Frank, who wrote President Trump a letter offering to mow his lawn, was so focused on the job that he didn't notice the president until he was right next to him.
With media broken, there's a rush to understand the consequences, and explore the innovation and experimentation that technology makes possible:
Why it matters, from Axios media trends reporter Sara Fischer: Between fake news, Trump, and rising pushback against Silicon Valley, some of the year's biggest stories revolve around ways that media trends shaping our daily lives.
"Increasingly, odds are stacked against individual investors, as private-equity outfits get a bigger share of a younger company's growth," Barron's reports (subscription):
"An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a terror offence in connection with Friday's attack on a London Tube train," BBC reports:
"British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has fueled speculation that he hopes to eventually succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, spelling out his Brexit goals days before her major policy speech on the subject," per AP.
"About 1,000 protesters surrounded the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson in the Central West End late Friday, breaking at least two windows and throwing red paint at the brick house before some 200 police in riot gear moved in to break it up," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Fox News Science drops some solid science: "Christian numerologists claim that the world will end on Sept. 23, 2017 as they believe a planet will collide with Earth."
If you had one full week left, what would you do with it? Not a bad topic for reflection.