☕️ Good Friday morning. Situational awareness: At 12:40 a.m., the Senate passes $1.3 trillion spending bill, 65-32, sending the measure to Trump and averting a third federal shutdown this year. The House earlier approved the measure, 256-167.
The new Axios "1 Big Thing" segment will be back Monday at 5:55 a.m. on MSNBC's "First Look," in the lead-in to "Morning Joe." Here's a quick-turn clip from today's edition.
John Bolton speaks at CPAC in 2016. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Sources close to President Trump say he feels John Bolton, hurriedly named last night to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, will finally deliver the foreign policy the president wants — particularly on Iran and North Korea, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports:
We can’t overstate how dramatic a change it is for Trump to replace H.R. McMaster with Bolton:
A source who has spoken to Bolton said he told Trump he was only interested in two jobs: Secretary of State or national security adviser.
Between the lines: Bolton’s ideological foes fear him not only because of his hawkish ideas, but because he knows how to accomplish them.
H.R. McMaster in the Oval Office on Feb. 2 (Zach Gibson / Pool / Getty Images)
The reason John Kelly and White House communications officials insisted late last week that McMaster wasn't going anywhere for now — despite a WaPo story saying he was done — was because the president told them to say that. And they genuinely thought he’d take some time to ease McMaster out.
And earlier in the day ... N.Y. Times: "John Dowd resigned ... as President Trump’s lead lawyer ... as Mr. Trump signaled that he ... wanted a sit-down with investigators."
Asian markets slumped today in reponse to Trump's tariffs, as seen here in Hong Kong. (AP's Kin Cheung)
Joe Scarborough column in WashPost, "John Bolton’s appointment is a fitting coda to conservatism’s failures":
"With Bolton, Trump Creates a Historically Hard-Line Foreign Policy Team," the N.Y. Times' David E. Sanger writes:
Statement from Bolton: “It is an honor to be asked by President Trump to serve as his National Security Advisor. I humbly accept his offer. The United States currently faces a wide array of issues and I look forward to working with President Trump and his leadership team in addressing these complex challenges in an effort to make our country safer at home and stronger abroad.”
Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waves to State Department employees yesterday, after his final public appearance before leaving office at the end of the month. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
In closing, I’d like to ask that each of you undertake to ensure one act of kindness each day towards another person. This can be a very mean-spirited town. (Laughter and applause.) But you don’t have to choose to participate in that. (Applause.) Each of us get to choose the person we want to be, and the way we want to be treated, and the way we will treat others.— Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, delivering farewell remarks yesterday in the State Department's C Street Lobby
China threatens specific retaliation in a market-rattling war over tariffs — a true war of choice, and a war that has helped tank the stock market:
"Trump Closes Era of Constructive Economic Engagement With China," per Bloomberg:
China urges the U.S. to “pull back from the brink,” per Reuters:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing, warning that Chinese leaders have been slow to realize the gravity of a brewing trade battle with Washington:
Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios
As China’s influence spreads to every corner of the globe under President Xi Jinping, so do its spies, Axios' Erica Pandey writes:
"They can't buy a beer or rent a car and most aren't even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 million people expected in Washington and more than 800 sister marches from California to Japan," AP's Kelli Kennedy writes from Parkland, Fla.:
"Seasoned activists have marveled at what the students accomplished so far, including a sweeping gun bill in Florida and school walkouts attended by [what organizers say is] over a million students last week."
"The Women's March, Everytown for Gun Safety and the gun violence prevention group founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords provided heavy support for the march, opening the youths up to criticism that they are just pawns of left-wing organizations that have been fighting guns for years."
Officials tell Axios the latest tally stands at 832 marches planned worldwide tomorrow.
"What Zuckerberg should do ... Facebook faces a reputational meltdown: This is how it, and the wider industry, should respond" — The Economist's lead editorial:
P.S. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, to CNBC's "Closing Bell" yesterday:
New Yorker Editor David Remnick in "Account Settings," the lead "Talk of the Town" item in next week's issue:
Ahead of Sunday's "60 Minutes" interview with Stormy Daniels, former Playboy model Karen McDougal — who is suing to invalidate a 2016 legal agreement to stay silent — sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper to talk about what she says was a 10-month affair with President Trump:
"Share? Thanks, but I’ll Have What No One Else Is Having," by N.Y. Times' Alex Williams:
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