⚡Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) announced a primary challenge to President Trump on ABC's "This Week," joining the long-shot bid of former Gov. Bill Weld (R-Mass.).
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Generation Z artists (post-millennials, born beginning in 1997) are giving their songs otherworldly longevity on pop charts by tailoring release strategies to the streaming era, Axios' Shane Savitsky writes.
What's happening: The recent war for #1 between Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, who targeted their peers across their preferred platforms, previewed the music industry of the future.
The new strategies:
The bottom line: The world's biggest record labels have caught on. So now these promotional strategies won't be limited to the young.
President Trump, asked in France today if he has "any second thoughts on escalating the trade war with China," said: "Yeah, sure. Why not?"
Pressed on whether he was having second thoughts, he added:
Might as well. ... I have second thoughts about everything. ... I could declare a national emergency. ... I have no plan right now. Actually, we're getting along very well with China right now.
But after headlines said Trump had "backed off," reporters got this email:
Between the lines, from Jonathan Swan: Trump did want to go harder against China on Friday, according to sources briefed on his thinking.
The cover story of today's N.Y. Times Sunday Business section is "How Uber Got Lost," from Mike Isaac's "Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber," out Sept. 3 from W.W. Norton & Co.:
[Travis] Kalanick built the company in his brutal and triumphant image, knocking through cement at company headquarters to install luminous glass-and-black stone staircases — an aesthetic he described as "Blade Runner meets Paris." ...
[H]e sought nothing less than utter domination. ... This worldview created conditions for which Uber is still paying a price today.
Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced [Mr.] Kalanick as chief executive two years ago this week, is under pressure to cut costs wherever possible — laying off hundreds of marketing employees and even replacing the helium-filled balloons workers traditionally get on their hiring anniversary with stickers.
Deflation is in the air.
This drum call and parade of flags was part of a ceremony yesterday in Hampton, Virginia., marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the African slaves in the English colonies.
The most restrictive abortion laws in generations are working their way through the courts across America's red states, confusing some on whether abortion is legal where they live, Axios' Orion Rummler and Aïda Amer report.
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Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, 29, the cerebral former Stanford architectural-design major, stunned the NFL by announcing after a preseason game last night that he will "choose me" and retire immediately:
The Indy Star says Luck will give up $58 million in the three years left on his contact.
Behind the scenes: Luck and the Colts had planned an announcement today, but held the news conference after ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the story.
President Obama tweets "a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow":
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