Trump is marking the week leading up to Day 100 (Saturday) with a series of newsy directives and splashy events — this afternoon, he holds a "farmers' roundtable" in the Roosevelt Room — designed to show lawmakers that he can do plenty without them.
Steve Bannon and his economic nationalists got a big win last night when Trump made another in an increasingly aggressive series of moves on trade — this time, per the Wall Street Journal, "taking retaliatory action against Canada over a decades-old trade dispute, moving to impose a 20% tariff on softwood lumber."
Coming attractions ... USA Today lead story, "GOP push targets job protections for gays," by Eliza Collins: "[A] senior White House official told USA TODAY that some sort of policy to protect religious liberty is still in the works, but that the president is trying to find middle ground."
How Trump aides are framing Saturday's 100-day mark: The graphic above gives a flavor of the White House's "First 100 Days" website. The White House also has a 14-page "100 Days of Accomplishments," in nine categories: cutting regulations, job creation, trade, ethics, national security, immigration, public safety, helping women and minorities, and Supreme Court.
Unusually reflective comments by Zuck in the forthcoming New York Times Magazine cover story by technology columnist Farhad Manjoo, "Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug? Mark Zuckerberg now acknowledges the dangerous side of the social revolution he helped to start. But is the most powerful tool for connection in human history capable of adapting to the world it created?" Top takeaways:
The whole article (including an inside look about how Facebook successfully fought clickbait) is worthy of your time.
What we know about the tax plan Trump plans to announce tomorrow (big principles without a lot of detail):
Ivanka Trump is in Berlin ... where she'll take part later today in a roundtable on women's empowerment with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, the Netherlands' Queen Maxima and the Bank of America Vice Chairman Anne Finucane.
Woody Johnson still likely for London ... He's undergoing a herculean, complex disclosure and vetting, but New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is on track to be Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom. A person close to the situation says Johnson's team is in constant communication with the White House Counsel's Office and the process is full steam ahead, with no problems expected to derail it.
A majority of Republicans (68.7%) surveyed in Trump Country (Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania) think the president exaggerates or intentionally lies — but they don't care.
It's a sign of Trump's durability with his base, and an intriguing finding of a research project (3,491 likely midterm voters, interviewed by interactive robocall) by the Firehouse Strategies guys — GOP consultants Terry Sullivan, Alex Conant and Will Holley — and the big-data firm 0ptimus.
The firms gave Axios AM readers a first look at their results (full memo here):
This 8-page PDF includes graphics of Trump favorability by designated market area (DMA) for Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
This zany interactive graphic by Axios Visuals Editor Lazaro Gamio shows how weekly incomes vary by education level, gender, and race/ethnicity. What we found:
Top executives say the widespread application of artificial intelligence is just around the corner, and they're "eager" to outsource tasks such as accounting and scheduling to software, according to a new survey from PwC.
Consumers don't seem to fear this future: 59% said AI would help people live more fulfilling lines. Just 46% believed that AI will harm people by taking away jobs.
New York Times Quote of the Day ... BARACK OBAMA, at the University of Chicago in his first public event since leaving the White House: "So, what's been going on while I've been gone?"
Chicago Tribune front page, "Obama embarks on post-presidency," by Rick Pearson: "[T]here were no direct references to Trump ... Obama lamented that in today's culture, institutions where Americans often found common ground to work together on issues — such as churches, unions and rotary clubs — have declined in membership."
"'People don't have some of the same habits of being together on a common project that they used to. We've become a more individualistic society,' he said. And with individuals searching the internet for facts that back up their views, it has 'people having entirely separate conversations' and 'you really don't have to confront people who have a different experience.'"
"O'Reilly returns with a smaller soapbox," by L.A. Times' Meg James and David Pierson — A somewhat subdued Bill O'Reilly last night, to listeners who tuned in to his 19-minute "No Spin News" podcast:
"I am sad that I'm not on television any more ... I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can't say a lot because there's much stuff going on right now. ... I'm very confident the truth will come out ... I don't know if you're going to be surprised — but I think you're going to be shaken as I am."
Tucker Carlson, beginning his 8 p.m. Fox News show replacing O'Reilly, "Tucker Carlson Tonight": "I watched Bill O'Reilly for years ... What O'Reilly did was not easy. He set a high bar and I'm going to do my best to meet it."
CNN's Brian Stelter points out that last night was "the first weeknight in 21 years without a Bill O'Reilly show ... the beginning of a new cable news age."
Shot ... N.Y. Times Business front, "Defying Roadblocks, Silicon Valley Tests a Flying Car," by John Markoff in Clearlake, Calif.: "More than a dozen start-ups backed by deep-pocketed industry figures like Larry Page, a Google founder ... are taking on the dream of the flying car. ... Kitty Hawk, the company backed by Mr. Page, is trying to be one of the first out of the gate and plans to start selling its vehicle [photo] by the end of the year."
Chaser ... "Kitty Hawk's Flyer isn't the flying car you were promised," by Engadget's Jon Fingas: "Kitty Hawk's first publicly demonstrated vehicle, the Flyer, isn't so much the flying car of sci-fi fame as a recreational vehicle. The one-seat, propeller-driven vehicle is meant for a short flight across lake when you're at the cottage, not commuting to work."
The company hasn't given a price, but you can pay $100 now to get a $2,000 discount off the retail price later. What a country!