Good Wednesday morning. A little bird tells me that Steve Bannon will be receiving a visitor today at the Breitbart Embassy, where he's keeping his hands on his weapons. The visitor is Charlie Rose, with legendary "60 Minutes" producer Ira Rosen. The interview airs Sunday, and at greater length on Charlie's show on Monday.
There's a strong, consistent, underlying reason Republican voters stuck with President Trump after Charlottesville, and will stick with him if he ends up deporting the children of illegal immigrants: They dislike and fear the changing face of America.
Polls have been very consistent on this point. One of the earliest signs that Trump's "America First," anti-immigration mantra would resonate was a survey showing how many white Republican disdained the changing demographics around them. This holds true now, too:
Trump waffles ... The reaction to yesterday's DACA announcement was brutal. The L.A. Times banner headline: "'DREAMERS' CRUSHED: Trump to phase out protections for 800,000 young immigrants." A sidebar: "Republican Party's future is at stake too."
The markets, which have been oddly desensitized to tectonic external events since Trump took office, are abruptly showing signs that trouble could be coming:
Be smart: Stable to bullish markets have been a vital stabilizer during the chaos of the Trump presidency. If markets quaver, he could quickly face a dire tipping point in Washington and the world.
An agent who met with Sean Spicer told him that the going rate for speeches by most former White House press secretaries ranged from about $20,000 to $30,000. The agent said Spicer, who went elsewhere, thought he could get much more.
At least for now, Spicey's getting the last laugh on President Trump, who mocked him in front of other aides, and members of the press corps, with whom he had an unusually venomous relationship.
It's unclear whether he'll get a TV deal — he says he doesn't need one. But he told me in an interview that he was mobbed during a recent trip to Europe:
Among the possibilities Spicer is weighing:
When I asked Sean what he regretted from his time on the job, he replied: "You should read the book."
I love today's N.Y. Times Quote of the Day, from Steven Gaines, who has written about Hampton excess and eccentricity ("Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons"), on how professionally planted and tended vegetable gardens are another status symbol on Long Island's East End:
"God has given you too much money when you have someone else tend your vegetable garden."
Be smart: Mow your own lawn. You'll feel awesome. Try it, and you'll thank me.
Today the House is expected to pass the first major legislation to speed the rollout of self-driving cars — an early step to outline standards for artificial intelligence-driven technologies, Axios' David McCabe reports.
The Wall Street Journal takes the optimistic case on automation with a front-pager, "Automation's Surprise Benefit: More Jobs":
Be smart: The transition, though, can be brutal. Ask desperate workers from the early decades of the Industrial Revolution.
David Ignatius column in the WashPost, "History shows us how calamitous the North Korea crisis could become":
"History teaches that wars often result from bellicose rhetoric and bad information. Sometimes leaders fail to act strongly enough to deter aggression, as at Munich in 1938. But more often, as in August 1914, conflict results from a cascade of errors that produces an outcome that no one would have wanted."
The National Hurricane Center declared Irma, a Category 5 as it made landfall this morning in the Caribbean (slamming Antigua and Barbuda as it headed for Puerto Rico), is the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, outside the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
Be smart: The uncanny, perverse closeness to Harvey, even if unrelated to climate change (we've had rat-tat hurricanes before), could instill an urgency that conversation has always lacked.
N.Y. Daily News: "First, SpyGate. Now, iGate."
N.Y. Times star Michael Schmidt, who broke the Hillary private email story, pops the successor saga to Deflategate, "Red Sox Used Apple Watches to Help Steal Signs Against Yankees":
Be smart: Stealing signs is allowed in baseball — as NYT baseball columnist Tyler Kepner puts it, it's "part of the quirky language of the game." But using tech can/should get you punished.
All politics is local ... The Boston Globe's top-of-front-page headline, "N.Y. accuses Sox of stealing signs via device."
"Springsteen and SpongeBob lead Broadway's fall season," by AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy:
Walmart announces "this year's hottest toys, as rated by a panel of esteemed experts: kids":