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President Trump today will unveil a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that his own aides don't think will pass, and a $4 trillion budget that Axios' Jonathan Swan calls "science fiction."
So ignore the documents and blather today. Here's Trump's real plan for '18:
Be smart ... All that is more evidence for our continuing reminder to you that Trump will be more Trump this year:
P.S. The White House begins this week with unfinished business — continuing fallout from the messy resignation of Staff Secretary Rob Porter:
"The world’s biggest hedge fund ... warned that global markets are entering a new era of volatility as the world adjusts to higher interest rates after a decade of ultra-loose monetary policy," the Financial Times reports on the front page:
P.S. "New Tax Law Haunts Companies That Did ‘Inversion’ Deals,'" per Wall Street Journal front-pager:
The most interesting revelation in today's White House budget, via WashPost:
Axios' Erica Pandey points out: "Corporations have accessed and used space alongside governments since the 1960s — but now companies are on the front lines of innovation."
"The New York Attorney General’s office ... filed a blistering civil rights lawsuit against the Weinstein Co. and its founders, detailing a company culture that routinely violated the state’s human rights laws and business regulations," per Variety.
The Democratic Party, environmental groups and clean-energy leaders pushing action on climate change are at odds over how best to address it, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column:
"Of all the political and cultural issues that divide red states from blue ones, none is more volatile than guns and who can carry them," CBS' Steve Kroft said last night on "60 Minutes":
P.S. "Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on '60 Minutes': 6 key quotes."
"The next president of Harvard University is the son of an Eastern European refugee and an Auschwitz survivor," the Boston Globe writes in its lead story:
Our thought bubble: Axios' David McCabe points out in Slack that the nation's oldest university has now had more presidents named Larry (three) than it has presidents who are women (one).
To get a jump on Valentine's Day (two days from now!), the N.Y. Times Book Review yesterday published a tastefully titled "Pleasure Reading" edition — "an entire issue devoted to books about orgasms, porn, kissing, vibrators, bedroom fantasies, extramarital affairs and even teenage hookups."
Lauren Christensen, who as the staff's lone 20-something was chosen by Book Review Editor Pamela Paul to oversee the issue, wrote for Times Insider:
USA's Jamie Anderson, 27, snowboarding's biggest gamer and its No. 1 big-day rider, "will almost certainly spend more time gazing at her newest Olympic gold medal than watching replays of the slopestyle run she put down to win it," AP's Eddie Pells writes from Pyeongchang: