Behind the scenes in the West Wing, President Trump continues to rant and brood about former FBI Director Jim Comey and the Russia investigation that got him fired. Trump tells aides and visitors that the probe now being run by special counsel Bob Mueller is a witch hunt, and that Comey was a leaker.
So White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was reflecting her boss's moods when she attacked Comey at length from the podium yesterday, after being asked about Steve Bannon's assertion to "60 Minutes" that the firing was one of the worst mistakes in modern political history:
Why it matters: The Mueller investigation is hitting ever closer to home for Trump, and he's using the tools of his office to try to undermine the special counsel's future findings.
Be smart: Trump allies plan to vilify Mueller the way the Clinton White House treated Ken Starr.
Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce his "Medicare for All" legislation today. In addition to Sanders, four more of Democrats' top 2020 prospects — Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren — have signed on as cosponsors, Axios' Sam Baker writes:
Be smart: So fascinating to watch this wild swing among Democrats on something once considered politically toxic. Like immigration and gay marriage, once the pendulum swings, it swings fast and hard — smashing old litmus tests and creating new ones.
Census data out yesterday showed that the share of high-earning households increased rapidly from 1967 to 2016., while the share of households in the middle ranges has gone down.
We've been sounding the alarm on this for months, and BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith captures it perfectly ... "The bad new politics of big tech":
Facebook should probably ease out of the business of bland background statements and awkward photo ops, and start worrying about congressional testimony. Amazon, whose market power doesn't fall into the categories envisioned by pre-internet antitrust law, is developing a bipartisan lobby that wants to break it up. Google's public affairs efforts are starting to look a bit like the oil industry's.
These are the existential collisions with political power that can shake and redefine industries and their leaders, not the nickel-and-dime regulatory games Silicon Valley has played to date.
Be smart: This is the most important under-appreciated trend reshaping politics/tech/biz.
Why iPhones cost so much ... The iPhone X (pronounced "10") will sell for $999 beginning Nov. 3.
That's double what the first iPhone cost a decade ago, and more than any other competing device — as Apple positions itself as "a purveyor of pricey, aspirational gadgets," per AP's Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay:
More than 1,000 people attended the first public event at Apple's "spaceship" campus, the $5 billion (not a typo) Apple Park.
The reviews ... USA Today front page, "$1,000 iPhone X: A crowd-pleaser on the face of it," by Ed Baig: "With Touch ID having gone AWOL with the disappearing home button, you'll be able to use Face ID ... to purchase stuff through Apple Pay."
Go deeper: See a video of Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried trying the iPhone X at the Apple event.
Stat du jour: FEMA estimates 25% of Florida Keys homes are destroyed.
"Chasing Billions From Ever Costlier Disasters" by Bloomberg Businessweek's Prashant Gopal:
"One midsize operator, Cavalry Construction Co. ... charges $24,00 for the basics on a 3,000-square-foot house: Workers rip out water-soaked wood, walls, and insulation, drag in fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the dwelling, then treat the space for mold. Full reconstruction for a house of that size costs about $150,000."
The U.S. ranks 82nd in the world in labor-force participation among ages 25-54, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Human Capital Index:
Four White House appointments of people you'll see/hear much more of:
"TIME Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs is stepping down after 32 years at the brand, including four years at its helm," per a release. "Gibbs will remain with the company until the end of 2017 as Editorial Director of Time Inc.'s News Group, a title she has held in addition to Editor-in-Chief of TIME since 2016."
Steve Bannon will speak in Berkeley later this month "as part of Free Speech Week, a four-day event organized by The Berkeley Patriot, a conservative student publication," according to the N.Y. Times.
"New York Times White House correspondents Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush have agreed to do a Trump book for Random House," Vanity Fair's Joe Pompeo reports, noting that both are veterans of the New York tabloid world.
"Lin-Manuel Miranda comes to Washington — with lessons from the era of Hamilton," by WashPost's Paul Kane:
His favorite moments often come when high school students tweet at him about history, such as: "Hey, it's Marquis de Lafayette's birthday. You haven't tweeted anything," or "It's the anniversary of Yorktown. Why haven't you written anything?"
Such overtures show, he said, that "Hamilton" was not just a draw for elites who frequent Manhattan theaters, and they help drive his focus on continued funding for the arts and humanities.