☕ Happy Friday from Miami Beach.
⚡ Bulletin: "Saudi Arabian officials arrested a partner at consulting giant McKinsey & Co. in the fall of 2017 and have been holding him in detention since then," per The Wall Street Journal.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
While President Trump's deregulatory agenda is beloved by some large companies, an increasing number of industries are pleading with feds to impose new rules, Axios managing editor Kim Hart writes:
Here's a sampling of industries — both fledgling and established — that want the government to slap regulations on them:
The bottom line: Companies may feel safer handing government the hot potato of figuring out where to draw lines around potentially controversial technologies to help limit their own liabilities.
"The same early Obama supporters who admit to being swept off their feet by the then-Illinois senator are now looking steely-eyed for someone who can simply seize the presidency from Donald Trump," AP's Tom Beaumont reports from Des Moines:
"More than a dozen Democrats weighing 2020 presidential campaigns have already begun testing their ability to connect with Iowans."
"More Latinos reliably vote Republican than many think and the GOP's position among Latinos has not weakened during the Trump administration," AP's Nick Riccardi reports:
"[T]wo groups stand out as especially likely to back the GOP — evangelicals and veterans."
"A transformer explosion at an electrical plant set the skies above New York City ablaze in an eerie, pulsing blue light [last] night, causing scattered power outages, delaying flights and sparking a social media storm of jokes about an alien invasion," AP reports.
"Republican leaders gave up hope [yesterday] of reopening the government before the new year, leaving the border wall impasse to House Democrats as they assume the majority next week," the N.Y. Times' Nicholas Fandos and Catie Edmondson report.
Democratic leaders "said they would vote promptly on Jan. 3, hoping to project the image of Democrats as a steadying hand in Washington."
P.S. More Americans blame President Trump (47%) than congressional Democrats (33%) for the shutdown, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Five people have gone overboard on Florida-based cruise ships since late November, the Miami Herald's Taylor Dolven writes:
"In four out of five of the recent overboard incidents, ship crews did not become aware that a person was missing until hours later."
Headline of the day ... A tease on the N.Y. Times front page: "More Washington Dysfunction" ... And on the actual story, by Kevin Draper: "The Redskins Aren’t Very Good on the Field. Off It, They’re Even Worse."
"The team used to claim that it had over 200,000 fans on a season ticket waiting list. But before this season, it announced that there was no ... waiting list."