The tax plan that President Trump will release today isn't super-specific or super-achievable. But it's a loud White House message to the Hill that the administration — after learning lessons on health reform — will now be less of a bystander.
A West Wing confidant said: "The White House is saying to Congress: You can expect us to do this on other major policy initiatives — health care; immigration; infrastructure; and the budget, particularly defense spending. We let you drive policy on health care, and you drove off a cliff."
Frame game ... Although Trump hasn't won passage of any of his signature legislation, the White House yesterday posted a tally arguing he "has worked with Congress to enact 28 laws during the first 100 days of his Administration ... more legislation ... than any President since Truman."
"Trump's trademark talk is full of rambling, aside-filled bursts of simple but definitive words, laden with self-congratulatory bravado and claims that have fact-checkers working overtime," AP's Matt Sedensky writes after asking linguists about Trump's rhetorical signatures:
Yahoo's Olivier Knox, surveying a wide range of diplomats in Washington, finds that Trump's "unpredictable approach to world affairs [has] unsettled rivals, but also sometimes unnerves even close allies who wonder if anyone can speak with authority for the Twitter-reliant commander in chief."
"They also noted that a large number of pivotal positions at the Pentagon and State Department remain vacant, hindering the regular policymaking process."
Shot ... "U.S. judge blocks Trump order threatening funds for 'sanctuary' cities," by L.A. Times' Maura Dolan and Joel Rubin: "U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick III, a President Obama appointee based in San Francisco, said Trump's Jan. 25 order, directed at so-called sanctuary cities and counties [to strip funds from municipal governments that refuse to cooperate fully with immigration agents], was unconstitutional."
Chaser ... The first sentence of a White House statement reacting to the ruling: "Today, the rule of law suffered another blow, as an unelected judge unilaterally rewrote immigration policy for our Nation."
Trump tweets this morning: "See you in the Supreme Court!"
Ivanka Trump told me yesterday from Berlin that she has begun building a massive fund that will benefit female entrepreneurs around the globe. Both countries and companies will contribute to create a pool of capital to economically empower women.
"The statistics and results prove that when you invest in women and girls, it benefits both developed and developing economies," she said. "Women are an enormous untapped resource, critical to the growth of all countries."
The WashPost front page ("Trump makes an unambiguous vow," by Phil Rucker and David Nakamura) isolates this quote by Trump, speaking yesterday at the Capitol, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Days of Remembrance ceremony:
This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism (Applause.) We will stamp out prejudice. We will condemn hatred. We will bear witness. And we will act.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on the cover of Businessweek as "The Anti-Trump," talks with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait:
Social platforms are becoming new homes for original content in shorter, digital-first formats, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
Snapchat has launched over a dozen exclusive mobile partnerships this year, many of which are with TV networks, hoping to reach millennials who are cutting the cord.
By comparison, Facebook and Twitter have been slow to win over publishers for exclusive video deals, focusing instead on pursuing live-streaming contracts, particularly in sports, and entertainment.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) spoke last night at an Axios event, the D.C. premiere of an HBO documentary directed by Perri Peltz, "Warning: This Drug May Kill You." The film, told from the perspectives of four families devastated by opioid addiction, debuts Monday on HBO at 10 p.m.
A surprisingly fascinating documentary, "Obit," which today begins a two-week run in New York, calls artful death notices "a once-only chance to make the dead live again."