How to finance Trump's infrastructure plan, which depends on leveraging public funds with many more private dollars, will be one of the top topics as President Trump meets at 10:45 a.m. with a who's-who of CEOs (Elon Musk, etc.) assembled by Blackstone's Steve Schwarzman, who heads the President's Strategic and Policy Forum.
The summit is a time to shine for Jared Kushner's Office of American Innovation. Cabinet members will lead sessions on commerce, education, environment, budget and transportation.
Mood music ... "Why Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan could wind up in a ditch," by Politico transportation reporter Lauren Gardner: "His hopes for a 'very bipartisan' bill are running into the same kinds of political forces that torpedoed the Obamacare repeal."
What the White House is reading: UBS Americas President Tom Naratil is out this morning with a report laying out the need to get "civic capital" off the sidelines to meet Trump's infrastructure goals. (Cheat sheet)
A majority of the most-engaged partisan Facebook pages are left-leaning or affiliated with Trump resistance movements, according to NewsWhip, the social analytics measurement company.
Axios' Sara Fischer reports that even more telling is that most of the left-leaning pages are out-performing some of the most trafficked news competitors in overall engagement.
Lead story of London's Daily Telegraph: "Trump's decision to launch a cruise missile attack on Syria proved he is not in league with Russia and will not be 'pushed around' by Vladimir Putin, the US President's son has told The Daily Telegraph. Eric Trump said his father was not intimidated by President Putin's talk of war, and there would be 'no-one harder' than President Trump if they 'cross us.'
"He also confirmed that President Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian airbase ... was influenced by the reaction of his sister Ivanka, who said she was 'heartbroken and outraged' by the atrocity.
P.S. Wall Street Journal lead story, "U.S. Hints at Tougher Stance On Syria: Discussion of wider retaliation comes as Tillerson heads to meetings in Russia."
P.P.S. AP's Jonathan Lemire: "Donald Trump Jr. ... will not be a candidate for governor of New York next year but is not ruling out a possible run for office in the future. ... 'I am not running in 2018.'"
Politico's Mike Grunwald has carved out a lonely beat looking at what Trump does, rather than what he says:
His latest ... "Trump's Secret Weapon Against Obama's Legacy — Using an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act, the president and his allies in Congress are quietly wiping out parts of his predecessor's regulatory regime":
The Congressional Review Act, a 21-year-old law that created a fast track for wiping out "midnight rules" finalized late in a presidential administration, had been used only once before this year. But Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have already deployed it 11 times to strike down Obama-era regulations. In fact, those 11 CRA resolutions are the only substantive bills Trump has signed so far; it's quite possible that the CRA will produce the entire legislative legacy of his first 100 days.
Shot ... Michael Gerson, former top aide to George W. Bush, in WashPost column, "The struggle to give a soul to a soulless presidency": "Would this divided, chaotic White House, as it stands, be ready for a major shock such as a terrorist attack or a serious military move by a rival power? There is every reason to think it would not be ready."
Chaser ... Ian Bremmer, in his Eurasia Group email update for clients: "[F]or all the concerns that [P]resident [T]rump's 'finger on the button' would be a menace, the response to [S]yria's chemical weapons strikes was restrained and commensurate."
Four movies or documentaries are in the works on Watergate, a friend points out:
Asked for comment, Woodward told Axios AM: "History is never over."
Another way Trump has blessed the news industry ...
Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting — David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post: "For persistent reporting that created a model for transparent journalism in political campaign coverage while casting doubt on Donald Trump's assertions of generosity toward charities."
Pulitzer Prize for Commentary — Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal: "For rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation's most divisive political campaigns."
Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing — Art Cullen of The Storm Lake (Iowa) Times: "For editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa."
See a list of winners and finalists, including BuzzFeed's first Pulitzer citation: Chris Hamby of BuzzFeed News as a finalist in International Reporting, for an exposé of a dispute-settlement process used by multinational corporations.
Dominating the front page of today's N.Y. Times, "A Mighty City Trembles at a Global Crossroad: With Britain Leaving Europe, Can London Remain a Capital of the World," by Sarah Lyall:
"Modern London thrives on the idea that one city can be a global melting pot, a global trading house, a global media machine and a place where everyone tolerates everyone else, mostly. The thought is that being connected to the rest of the world is something to celebrate. But what happens to London when that idea unexpectedly falls away?"
Catching up on the French election, two Sundays from now ... Bloomberg posts a page of graphics:
"Leftist maverick Jean-Luc Melenchon continues to move up in the polls, turning the April 23 contest into a four-person race. Political newcomer Emmanuel Macron, who is jockeying with far-right Marine Le Pen of the National Front for first place, has heightened his attacks. Socialist Benoit Hamon is in the rear among the five main candidates. The top two will go into the May 7 runoff." Polls suggest Le Pen loses a runoff because supporters of other candidate coalesce against her.
Viral video ... Australian newscaster is seen looking startled as she suddenly realizes the camera has returned to her after a prerecorded package: "Now to sport ... "