☕️ Good Sunday morning.
🚨 Tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT on "Axios on HBO": Bill Gates talks climate with Amy Harder and Ina Fried ... Alexi McCammond interviews Franklin Graham about Trump's bond with evangelical Christians ... and former White House official Cliff Sims shares never-before-told-on-camera tales of how Trump operates backstage.
Elon Musk, age 46, told "Axios on HBO" that he sees a 70% chance that he'll live to ride one of his SpaceX rockets to Mars.
What he's saying: Musk shrugged off the objection that a Mars voyage could be an escape hatch for the rich for problems on this planet.
And even if you land successfully, Musk added, "you'll be working nonstop to build the base."
The bottom line: Musk said he'd unhesitatingly go.
On Monday at 3 p.m. ET, a robotic geologist from NASA, InSight, will touch down on the surface of the red planet, AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn reports from Cape Canaveral, Fla.:
"Today's Earthlings are lured to Mars for a variety of reasons," per AP:
"Recorded observations of Mars — about double the size of Earth's moon — date back to ancient Egypt. But it wasn't until the 19th century that Mars mania truly set in."
The U.S. government's Black Friday climate report warns that rising "temperatures in the Midwest are projected to be the largest contributing factor to declines in U.S. agricultural productivity, with extreme heat wilting crops and posing a threat to livestock," the Chicago Tribune's Tony Briscoe writes:
Why it matters: "During the growing season, temperatures are projected to climb more in the Midwest than in any other region of the U.S."
In a book coming Tuesday by Trump campaign originals Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, "Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency" (Center Street), the president says the Mueller investigation has helped him politically, per the WashPost's Phil Rucker:
Plumes of smoke rise near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, decorated with the Christmas lights, during the second weekend of France-wide protests against a rise in the gas tax, and general discontent with fiscal burdens.
Why it matters, from the N.Y. Times' Adam Nossiter in Paris:
⚡ "BRUSSELS (Reuters) — European Union leaders formally agreed a Brexit deal [today] and urged Britons to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s package in the face of furious opposition in the British parliament."
Trump tweets this morning: "The large and violent French protests don’t take into account how badly the United States has been treated on Trade by the European Union or on fair and reasonable payments for our GREAT military protection. Both of these topics must be remedied soon."
President Trump wants asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as cases are processed, under a “Remain in Mexico” plan that's a sharp break with current policy.
Trump tweets that "catch and release" is now "Catch and Detain."
"Why Amazon Wants to Buy 22 Regional Sports Networks," per the N.Y. Times' Ed Lee:
🧠 Thought bubble from Axios' Sara Fischer: Amazon's strategy — including paying $50 million for exclusive digital rights to the NFL's "Thursday Night Football" — is notably different than its biggest streaming rival, Netflix, which has shied from investing in live sports rights.
Some wildfire victims are leaving the state ... "[T]owns are struggling to absorb the roughly 50,000 people displaced by the Camp fire," the L.A. Times' Anna Phillips reports:
"Unable to find single-family homes in the area, evacuees have resorted to renting individual bedrooms, buying recreational vehicles and purchasing travel trailers."
The N.Y. Times' Nellie Bowles puts a "Wow!" counter on NPR's Guy Raz, host of the How I Built This podcast about capitalist origin stories: Betterment CEO Jon Stein: 12 "Wow!"s ... Cisco co-founder Sandy Lerner: 15 "Wow!"s ... Bobby Trussell, who created the Tempur-Pedic mattress empire: 18 "Wow!"s.
"By creating a safe space for entrepreneurs to share their stories of ascent, Mr. Raz has become one of the most popular podcasters in history."
A crazy night lasts until morning in College Station: Unranked Texas A&M beat No. 8 LSU, 74–72, in seven overtimes in the highest-scoring game in Football Championship Subdivision (college football's top level) history.
"Sunday morning's finish ... tied a record for the longest game. ... Since the NCAA adopted an overtime rule in 1996, four other FBS games have reached seven overtimes." (SI)