☕️ Good Thursday morning ...
☕️ Good Thursday morning ...
President Trump, using more anecdote than evidence, is doing unto Google, Facebook and Twitter what he helped do to mainstream media: persuade a big chunk of America they are biased — and fake.
A Trump operative tells me: "It's risen to the level of being an emotional or gut issue with conservatives, like guns/immigration. It's an issue that's here to stay."
Donald Trump Jr., who has 3 million Twitter followers and 1.3 million Instagram followers, told me there is "exactly zero doubt in my mind" that tech bias is real: "I don't think [this issue] is going away, because I don't think it's changing."
🚨 Don Jr. tells Axios that if a Trump supporter in the tech world created a conservative, Facebook-like social network, he would urge Trump supporters to switch to it.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the likely Speaker if the GOP keeps the House, has driven the tech-bias issue among conservatives for months, and pushed a #StopTheBias hashtag that the president tweeted yesterday.
Why it matters: Top Republicans tell us this will be a major line of escalated attack at a congressional hearing next week with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Your future foretold in Florida, Georgia ... In a preview of 2020, several midterm races are shaping up as striking tests of Trumpism v. Sanders-style politics:
Racism charges dominated Day 1 of the Florida governor's race, after DeSantis said on Fox that Florida shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Gillum.
The big picture ... The N.Y. Times' Jeremy Peters points out Dems' diverse slate of candidates amid Trump appeals to racial anxiety:
Politico's Marc Caputo reports from Miami that since being endorsed by Trump on Dec. 22, Ron DeSantis — who on became the GOP nominee for Florida governor — made 121 appearances on Fox News and Fox Business.
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The share of the U.S. population made up by immigrants has returned to levels at the turn of the 20th century — although the makeup of today's immigrant population is very different, Axios demographics expert Stef Kight reports:
Where immigrants have come from:
The big picture: Nationalist phobias prompted the original immigrant quotas in the U.S., according to Guillermo Cantor, research director at the American Immigration Council. There were fears that the number of Chinese coming to the U.S. for work would change the culture, or that German would become the dominant language in Pennsylvania.
"U.S. corporate profits boomed in the second quarter, boosted by large tax cuts and stronger economic growth than initially reported," The Wall Street Journal's Harriet Torry and Theo Francis report:
The short run: "For now, rising profits could fuel economic growth in the coming months."
The longer run: "One worry is that as the impetus from tax cuts wanes, profit and economic growth could slow next year and beyond."
"The president and some of his advisers have discussed possibly adding veteran defense attorney Abbe Lowell, who currently represents ... Jared Kushner, to Trump’s personal legal team if an impeachment battle or other fights with Congress emerge after the midterm elections," the WashPost reports.
Riz Ahmed (Riz MC) — a British rapper and actor of Pakistani descent who made history last year as the first South Asian man to win an Emmy acting award — is profiled by Carvell Wallace as the New York Times Magazine cover story:
""He is an Oxford graduate, a classically trained actor and maybe the only person I’ve ever seen recite a poem on an American late-night show to thunderous applause."
"The poem, called 'Sour Times,' was delivered [on 'Jimmy Fallon'] two nights after Heather Heyer was killed at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville."
"Onscreen his presence can be almost comically malleable — he can come across as pliant or stalwart, frank or cagey — but in person there is a distinct and direct energy to him, a keenness bubbling under the surface."
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers signs the richest deal in NFL history, per ESPN:
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