Good Friday morning. Situational awareness ... The Financial Times reports from London: "A fire in an Underground carriage near the southwest London station of Parsons Green is being treated as a terrorist incident, Prime Minister Theresa May said."
What Trump is thinking about his latest flirtation with "Chuck and Nancy," based on conversations Axios' Jonathan Swan and I have had with top officials at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue:
Jonathan's thought bubble: The dramatically different information Trump receives daily under Chief of Staff John Kelly is an under-looked factor in Trump's decision to double down on his partnership with the Democratic leaders.
Be smart: Trump was praised for the deal on "Fox & Friends," and by Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Remember that 98% of Republicans who voted for Trump in both the primary and the general are still with him. So he has a long leash.
From a N.Y. Times front-pager by Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, "Sessions, Shamed by President Over Inquiry, Was Set to Resign":
Be smart: Remember that after Trump lashed out this summer at Chief of Staff John Kelly, the retired Marine four-star general told other White House aides "that he had never been spoken to like that during 35 years of serving his country" and that "he would not abide such treatment" in the future.
"North Korea ... fired a ballistic missile across Japan [this morning, local time], creating new tension in the region after its nuclear bomb test less than two weeks ago," the BBC writes.
Looking ahead ... "Trump plans to make concerted moves against Iran and North Korea, a centerpiece of his speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday, administration officials say," David Sanger writes on the N.Y. Times front page. "But it is unclear how specific he will get."
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Stormy week for Facebook, scolded last night by Hillary Clinton during an appearance on Rachel Maddow for Russian-propaganda ads during the election. YouTube.
Clinton said Facebook has only just begun to admit the extent of Russia using the platform for fake news targeting her and others, and that more transparency should be demanded of it and other tech giants.
Maddow said in her wrap-up that she was surprised by the toughness of the comments, and that Facebook should provide the transparency Clinton called for: "Facebook should ... answer to what she said."
Maddow on Hillary: "Very ... assertive and well-informed on the Russia stuff. ... This is not a retired politician. ... This is definitely somebody who is still very, very much in the arena."
Steve Rattner, in one of his famous charts for "Morning Joe," uses new Census Bureau data to show women closing the pay gap with men last year by the largest amount since 2007.
P.S. N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... James Freeman, the founder of Blue Bottle Coffee, about the prospect of going public in a stock offering (Instead, the company was acquired by Nestlé.): "Everything that I've seen and read, it seems like a way of living in hell without dying."
The Economist's cover story reports that although cancer has become more survivable, the fear remains; "Only Alzheimer's exerts a similar grip on the imagination":
From a purely technical perspective, it is reasonable to expect that science will one day turn most cancers into either chronic diseases or curable ones. But cancer is not fought only in the lab. It is also fought in doctors' surgeries, in schools, in public-health systems and in government departments. The dispatches from these battlefields are much less encouraging. ...
The greatest excitement is reserved for immunotherapy, a new approach that has emerged in the past few years. The human immune system is equipped with a set of brakes that cancer cells are able to activate; the first immunotherapy treatment in effect disables the brakes, enabling white blood cells to attack the tumours. It is early days, but in a small subset of patients this mechanism has produced long-term remissions that are tantamount to cures.
"Vice Is Casting for a D.C.-Based Political Reality Show," by Hollywood Reporter's Jeremy Barr: