Good Wednesday morning. If you're in the Raleigh area ... Please join Axios CEO Jim VandeHei and me in Chapel Hill tomorrow as we launch the "Smarter Faster Revolution" at 12:15 p.m. in UNC's Great Hall, at the Carolina Union. Our guests will include Jeff Immelt. I pre-gamed with Tyler Fleming, editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel. We'll talk future-of-media onstage tomorrow. RSVP via The Daily Tar Heel.
Democrats are rethinking their future — but doing it with the leadership of old men and women deeply rooted in the past, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes:
Speaker Ryan said "that the House will require anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and their staffs," AP reports. "The announcement came just hours after a hearing in which two female lawmakers spoke about sexual misconduct involving sitting members of Congress."
"American Industry Picks Up Steam," says the Wall Street Journal lead story:
A worker in Florence, Italy, climbs atop Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral's Brunelleschi Dome to perform maintenance works and regular checks yesterday.
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions ... again revised his account of what he knew about the Trump campaign's dealings with Russians, acknowledging for the first time that he recalled a meeting where a foreign policy adviser mentioned having contacts who could possibly broker a meeting between" Trump and Putin, the WashPost writes in its lead story.
"Trump is nominating white men to America's federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that more closely reflects the nation's diversity," AP reports:
President Trump arrived back at the White House just before 9 last night after his first Asia swing — five nations, six cities, three summits, 20,295 miles.
Not The Onion ... The president at 5:40 a.m. tweeted that "Fox & Friends" will be "showing much of our successful trip to Asia, and the friendships & benefits that will endure for years to come."
Be smart: Trump has been teasing a "major" post-trip announcement, sending Washington's business and trade communities scrambling. Axios' Jonathan Swan poked around and found out it's less than meets the eye: He'll do a wrap-up of the trip, but don't hold your breath. Big stuff coming — it's just not baked yet.
P.S. The Trumps are "set to spend Thanksgiving in Palm Beach, ... continuing a family tradition he maintained before moving to the White House," writes AP's Zeke Miller, a pilot, based on FAA guidance for the area.
"Senate Republicans took a big gamble ... with their tax reform bill, adding a partial Obamacare repeal provision that would free up more money for tax cuts, but also inject significant new political hurdles," the L.A. Times reports in its lead story:
Be smart, from Axios' Jonathan Swan: Tax reform has been a sleepy debate until now. Democrats haven't been able to land a good punch. Bringing health care into the tax debate will awake the Dem base and supercharge their outside groups. Could be a disaster for the public opinion of this bill.
A bipartisan group of 13 former top national security officials write the top four congressional leaders to argue for the urgency of passing an immigration fix for "Dreamers" by Dec. 8.
The military has taken control in Zimbabwe, in southern Africa, and says it has taken custody of President Robert Mugabe, 93 — the world's oldest head of state, in power since 1980.
Major League Baseball wants to speed up games ... "The average time of a nine-inning contest [last season] was a record 3 hours, 5 minutes, ... up from 2:56 in 2015. The postseason average was 3:29," AP's Ronald Blum writes from the annual GM's meeting in Orlando:
Dick Keil — a Red Sox fan who jokes that he sometimes "trades off" late innings with a friend, one napping on the couch and the other watching — emails: "Anyone who doesn't live in Hawaii will applaud this."