The story of the decade is unfolding like a novel: A U.S. enemy sought to manipulate our new, unregulated social media ecosystem to help disrupt our elections and elect a Twitter-obsessed, former reality TV star president — in one of the great upsets in U.S. history.
For the first time, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will publicly explain her company's role in this saga:
Sandberg's trip to Capitol Hill yesterday made some news ... Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee told reporters yesterday after a closed-door meeting with Sandberg that they plan to release the 3,000 Russia-backed ads Facebook has turned over — probably after Nov. 1 public testimony by Facebook, Twitter and Google officials.
Axios' David McCabe: "Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said ... Facebook is 'committed to providing' information related to the free content published by the same Russian pages that bought" the ads.
Be smart: Although Sandberg's visit to the Hill shows the company is trying to be more open, lawmakers tell me they're far from satisfied — and that there's a ton more for Facebook, Google and Twitter to know and reveal.
Go deeper ... "The questions Congress wants to ask Facebook," by Axios' David McCabe and Sara Fischer: "The pressure is greater than any other moment in the company's recent history."
"Trump amps up threats on press" — WashPost lead story by David Nakamura: "On Twitter, Trump called the [NBC report about him wanting more nukes] 'pure fiction made up to demean' him and questioned whether networks that report 'Fake News' should be stripped of their broadcasting licenses — although the Federal Communications Commission licenses individual stations and affiliates, not networks."
Shot: Trump last night on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, with a change of tone re China and North Korea: "China's been very helpful, I think. I think. Who knows? They seem to be very helpful. They cut off banking to North Korea, that's something they've never done before. They've cut down, way down, on the fuel and a lot of other things."
P.S. N.Y. Times lead story, "Trump's Tough Talk on Nafta Suggests Pact's Demise Is Imminent," by Ana Swanson: "The collapse of the 1994 trade deal would reverberate throughout the global economy, ... affecting industries as varied as manufacturing, agriculture and energy. It would also sow at least short-term chaos for businesses like the auto industry."
Boy Scouts of America statement: "[T]he Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout."
President Trump walks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along the Colonnade to the Oval Office yesterday.
"23 dead in Wine Country fires; historic Spanish Mission at risk" — S.F. Chronicle:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Capt. Sean Norman, deputy head of operations for the Sonoma Valley wildfires in Northern California, on firefighters: "We've got guys who have been working 80 hours straight. You've got to have a fifth gear. You've got to have the two C's: commitment and caffeine."
President Trump nominated Kirstjen Nielsen — Chief of Staff John Kelly's deputy at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security — to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports:
West Wing buzz ... With Nielsen gone, there's lots of real estate up for grabs, Swan emails me: "Kelly has lost his top person and enforcer. Lots of people inside the White House are watching what this means for the internal power dynamics, roles and responsibilities."
Quantifying conference-call mentions ... "Amazon has replaced Google as the company others are most worried about: It's the new corporate boogeyman," by Recode's Rani Molla:
"Michigan is turning into a self-driving car testing ground," by Axios tech editor Kim Hart in Ann Arbor, Mich.:
Harvey Weinstein hires Blair Berk, a criminal defense attorney who has previously represented Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan, per Hollywood Reporter: "[T]here's no statute of limitations on rape in New York."
"Weinstein Company Was Aware of Payoffs in 2015," by N.Y. Times' Megan Twohey, on A1: Despite statements that the company was shocked, "David Boies, a lawyer who represented Mr. Weinstein when his contract was up for renewal in 2015, said in an interview that the board and the company were made aware at the time of three or four confidential settlements with women."
The L.A. Times posts a "full list" of the "astounding number" of Weinstein accusers and their allegations: "This story will be updated if and when more step forward."
"US pickup truck buyers demanding more luxury," AP Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit: