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In yesterday's historic crush of news, we saw early hints of the coming political and corporate reckoning for Russian interference in the 2016 election:
The takeaway: For the White House, the most worrisome part of the Manafort indictment is that Mueller showed he's willing to delve deeply into personal financial matters as part of his Russia probe.
Be smart: There is zero doubt — and piles of new evidence — that Russia manipulated our election. This next phase will show if Trump himself was aware or involved, or has any interest in doing anything about it — and how extensively America's most powerful companies enabled the mass manipulation.
Why it matters, from Axios' Sara Fischer: It's unlikely these companies will face serious regulatory threats under the Trump administration, which has rolled back regulations and passed new laws that have favored tech and telecom companies. But they risk a narrative forming around whether they can be trusted to police themselves, and that could alter user confidence and thus affect their lucrative ad businesses.
Facebook, Google and Twitter are taking a similar approach to their appearances before congressional committees over the next two days: They're revealing more about the millions of users who were exposed to Russian-bought ads and other content on their platforms before and after election day.
A different view than we brought you in Axios PM: A courtroom sketch shows Paul Manafort (center) and his business associate, Rick Gates, in federal court in Washington yesterday, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. Seated at front left is Manafort's attorney, Kevin Downing.
Sarah Sanders: "[L]ook, today's announcement has nothing to do with the President, has nothing to do with the President's campaign or campaign activity."
Fox News always had Trump's back on Russia. The New York Post usually had it, too. Now, the Wall Street Journal — the jewel of the Murdoch empire — has fully joined the defense:
As President Trump prepares to travel around Asia, he has ordered many of his top officials to stay back and campaign for tax reform around America, Axios' Jonathan Swan emails me:
Google's self-driving car spin-off, Waymo, is accelerating efforts to convince the public that its technology is almost ready to safely transport people without any human assistance at all, AP Tech Writer Michael Liedtke reports from Atwater, Calif.:
Bloomberg Intelligence "50 Companies to Watch," from Bloomberg Businessweek's "The Year Ahead: 2018" issue: "AT&T, Alaska Air Group, Danone SA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Gap Inc., Kraft Heinz Co., PaylPalHoldings Inc., Qualcomm Inc. and Tesla are among the 50 companies spread across multiple categories, from e-commerce and entertainment to pharmaceuticals, tech, and finance."
Netflix is moving ahead with plans for a "House of Cards" spinoff, despite yesterday's announcement that the sixth season, currently in production in Baltimore, will be the last. The series was slated to end even before Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually assaulting actor Anthony Rapp when he was 14 years old.
James Andrew Miller, author of "Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN," reports in a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter that "some execs" at ESPN have started to consider eventually giving up NFL rights:
In a span of less than five years, industry giant ESPN has seen its narrative transformed from that of a mighty colossus into the hard-luck tale of a ragtag warrior. ... With so much of ESPN's universe asunder, it's not outlandish now to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games after the expiration of its eight-year deal for Monday Night Football in 2021?!