Good Thursday morning. It's Pearl Harbor Day — 76 years since Japan's surprise attack on Hawaii, killing 2,403 soldiers, sailors and civilians, and propelling the U.S. into World War II.
Axios cracked the "Recode 100" list of tech and business innovators, which calls our 11-month-old company "an overnight media success story."
Great business/life lesson: The smartest thing we did was hire an executive team capable of running a company twice our size. We did this to allow fast growth. Turns out, the team steered an unformed idea into something much bigger and more consequential.
See the full list, "The Recode 100: The people in tech, business and media who mattered in 2017." (Jeff Bezos is #1.)
Domestic politics drove President Trump's potentially costly decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital: Even senior White House officials said they're "prepared for derailment" of Middle East peace efforts — temporarily, they hope.
Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 10 News, an Axios contributor, gives me this day-after scouting report from Tel Aviv:
Expecting a backlash, the State Department is asking Israel to restrain its official response "and is weighing the potential threat to U.S. facilities and people," according to a document seen by Reuters.
Be smart: Trump's defiant decision reflects the focus on his domestic base (including evangelical Christians), regardless of international repercussions, that led him to renounce the Paris climate accord.
The Franken tipping point ... "Al Franken weathered six women's sexual misconduct allegations without hearing a single resignation call from his fellow Democratic senators. No. 7 broke the dam," Politico's Elana Schor and Seung Min Kim report:
What's next: Democrats expect Franken to resign in an announcement on the Senate floor this morning.
"#trumpcare was far and away the most popular hashtag by members of Congress in 2017, with nearly 12,000 posts including the tag," according to a report by Quorum, a public affairs software platform.
A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber (center) flies over the Korean Peninsula with South Korean fighter jets F-16 and F-15K, and U.S. fighter jets F-35A and F35B, during a combined aerial exercise yesterday.
"Apple will see as much as $47bn slashed from its expected tax liability if Republicans push through their current tax plan, making it the biggest beneficiary of the legislation," the Financial Times calculates.
In the age of Amazon, the world's largest retailer is changing its legal name from "Wal-Mart Stores Inc." to "Walmart Inc." effective Feb. 1, AP reports:
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signed a five-year contract extension to remain through 2023:
"Disney CEO Bob Iger expected to stay past 2019 if Fox deal happens," per the L.A. Times:
"Paleontologists studying an unusual fossil have identified a new dinosaur, related to the velociraptor, that had a neck like a swan, a snout like a goose and forelimbs like flippers," the N.Y. Times' Nicholas St. Fleur writes, based on a paper published yesterday in Nature:
Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
We're remembering 2017 in 30 images, one per day through New Year's Day ... President-elect Donald Trump waits to step out onto the portico for his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20.
"A vigorous, stirring true-life thriller ... Steven Spielberg's latest film stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in a drama about The Washington Post's role in publishing the Pentagon Papers," the Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy writes (opens Dec. 22):