Axios' Sara Fischer and Shannon Vavra mapped the launch date of 89 news websites over the past quarter century and found an explosion of right-leaning news sites, coinciding with the rise of the Tea Party and alt-right movements beginning in 2010. Many of these sites were instrumental in spreading pro-Trump news during the 2016 elections. Among the findings:
The Capitol Hill calendar is way overstuffed -- a Supreme Court nomination, plus Obamacare repeal legislation; tax reform; and budget, spending and debt-ceiling fights, including a possible showdown over a government shutdown.
So Republican sources tell our Jonathan Swan that a backup plan is emerging for one of Trump's top priorities:
President Trump this afternoon will hold a listening session on domestic and international human trafficking, including women and girls who are sexually exploited for profit.
We're told that the sudden West Wing attention to the issue was driven by Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a huge West Wing force despite her decision not to take an official title at first.
"I Ignored Trump News for a Week. Here's What I Learned," by N.Y. Times "State of the Art" columnist Farhad Manjoo:
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, after a hiatus following a rough bout of coverage, returned to TV last night to audience chants of "Kellyanne! Kellyanne!" She joined Sean Hannity on Fox News, before a live audience in suburban Maryland on the stage of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Trump will speak tomorrow morning. One man held a "Socialism Sucks" sign.
Conway called her boss "President Action, President Impact, Donald J. Trump":
WashPost page 1, top of column 1, "State Dept. sidelined in Trump's 1st month," by Carol Morello and Anne Gearan:
"Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time" -- Wall Street Journal front-pager by Reid Epstein and Janet Hook:
From Vanity Fair's forthcoming issue ... "Megyn Kelly, Matt Lauer, and the battle for the future of NBC," by Sarah Ellison: "In his high-profile, high-priced hire of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, NBC News chief Andy Lack placed a major bet on star power. But Lack's biggest, priciest talent, Today's Matt Lauer, provides something of a cautionary tale. With morning news being one of the last mass television markets, its personalities can draw fire as well as ratings."
One industry insider: "The most dangerous seat in television news ... seems to be next to Matt Lauer."
The exoplanets ... NASA press release, "Largest batch of Earth-size, habitable zone planet": "NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a new exoplanet discovery: the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water."
"What It's Like to Live in a Trump Building," by New York magazine's Nick Tabor ... "At Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, the Protesters Have Made Some of the Ladies 'Very, Very Upset'":
Elaine Rigolosi, Columbia professor: "There are now Secret Service members all over the building. They sit in the stairwell. And now you have to drive to Madison Avenue to have your car sniffed before you can drive it in and drop off any packages. There's a scanner on 56th Street. If you're walking in there with packages, you have to put them through, like an airport. ...I've got five people with machine guns on one side of me while the protesters are screaming. It makes me feel very important. ...
"Plus, Trump has been really cool, like at one board meeting I attended: People were complaining about some expensive wallpaper he wanted to put in the hallways. He said, 'Look, I'm going to put wallpaper on one of the floors, and I want you to go and look at it, and next time tell me whether it's beautiful or not.' And, of course, now we have the wallpaper."