Good Thursday morning.
On Day 498 of Axios, we moved yesterday into our first permanent space — a whole, brand-new floor in Arlington, Va., with views of the Capitol, the Washington Monument and Georgetown. For the "reveal," we rode the elevators up from our original, incubator space in the same building, where we started in 2016 before we even had a name.
Axios President Roy Schwartz popped the champagne, and CEO Jim VandeHei told the staff of 120, in person and joining by videoconference from around the country:
Ivanka Trump kisses Jared Kushner during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who dominated coverage early on with their unparalleled Oval Office access and various business and political controversies, now are out of the spotlight for long stretches.
But the first daughter and son-in-law are hardly disappearing. Both just secured security clearance upgrades, continue to hold substantive portfolios, and tell friends they have no plans to bolt D.C. any time soon.
Among their policy projects:
Be smart: The great unanswered mystery is whether they leave D.C. on their terms or Mueller's.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins, whose annual Internet Trends presentation is Silicon Valley's most hotly awaited deck, this year includes an eye-opening stat on what she called "global internet leadership, the U.S. and China."
P.S. "Uber is on track to go public in 2019, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC."
"The former acting F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe [fired in May just before retirement], wrote a confidential memo last spring recounting a conversation that offered significant behind-the-scenes details on the firing of Mr. McCabe’s predecessor, James B. Comey," the N.Y. Times reports:
P.S. Saving Sessions: "In private meetings, public appearances on television and late-night phone calls, Trump’s advisers and allies have done all they can to persuade the president not to fire" Attorney General Jeff Sessions, AP reports.
P.S. Correction du jour, from N.Y. Times: "An article on Wednesday about a rally held by President Trump in Nashville gave an incorrect estimate of the audience size at the event. While no exact figure is available, the fire marshal’s office estimated that approximately 5,500 people attended the rally, not about 1,000 people."
A small but significant surge of young people say they feel politically empowered in the Youth Political Pulse survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, AP reports:
"The Trump administration, unable to win concessions from European Union counterparts ahead of a Friday deadline, is planning to make good on its threat to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum," The Wall Street Journal reports.
Axios' Jonathan Swan on why it matters:
Be smart: Every time the countries keep poking each other, there’s increased threat of escalation, which would be potentially a much wider conflict.
The White House, in conjunction with the Ad Council, next week will debut public service messages on opioid dangers that were described to us as having a "shock the conscience" rawness.
The backdrop: After a speech by Trump on opioids in March, the N.Y. Times said he "offered up more tough talk than he did specifics about his plan, or how he would pay for it."
"[A]rtificial intelligence and automation will make it possible to operate massive drone fleets simultaneously, increasing efficiency and greatly expanding their capabilities," TIME’s Alex Fitzpatrick writes in the new cover package:
"With two of Harvey Weinstein's accusers watching from the audience, journalists whose work led to the Hollywood mogul's downfall and arrest received their Pulitzer Prize awards," AP's Deepti Hajela writes:
Citation ... 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music, to rapper-songwriter Kendrick Lamar for "DAMN.":
Sunday's N.Y. Times Magazine cover story ... "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment: Why did female members of Nxivm follow a guru named Keith Raniere, who now stands accused of sex trafficking? He made them feel like they were in control," by Vanessa Grigoriadis:
On 42nd Street yesterday, people look at the phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, or the Manhattan Solstice, which occurs twice a year when the sun is aligned with the east-west streets of the Manhattan street grid.