Good Monday morning. Situational awareness: "Stocks around the world have staged one of the best-ever starts to a year, a synchronized rally that has only gained momentum following 2017’s sharp gains," per The Wall Street Journal's lead story.
President Trump's aides say to expect a more bipartisan and collaborative tone in tomorrow's State of the Union Address — in contrast to his own record:
Trump hasn’t changed, and won’t. But following his unlikely triumph in Davos, and looking ahead to tomorrow’s address, we see a clear pattern: For big speeches, he tends to stick to the prompter and is less divisive than usual, and basks in the ensuing reviews.
Trump can yell at the world at his campaign rallies, then use his inside voice for big moments like tomorrow:
For all Trump's triumphalism, the speech comes against a discouraging backdrop that has kept a pall on morale among many in the administration:
Be smart: Trump creates his own reality. (The N.Y Times’ Maggie Haberman has said it’s as if he has a magic Crayon to draw the world as he wishes). And his current reality is dominated by praise for his tax cut, and a peppy stock market that has become his new political poll.
Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile network to guard against China, according to sensitive documents obtained by Axios.
Details from the documents, per Axios' Jonathan Swan, Ina Fried, David McCabe and Kim Hart:
What could come next, from Bloomberg: "U.S. lawmakers have sounded alarms about the growing power of Huawei, the Chinese network equipment maker... A government-backed plan to accelerate the development of 5G in the U.S. would require support from Huawei’s top rivals, such as Nokia Oyj and Ericsson AB."
Ken Starr, who prosecuted President Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky case, said on ABC's "This Week," when asked about reports Trump sought to have Mueller fired, despite denials:
"Perjury panic" in the West Wing, Axios' Jonathan Swan:
As midterm campaigns heat up, Democrats have used health care to go on the attack, and the issue is coming up in congressional races in California, Colorado, Michigan, Washington and elsewhere, AP reports:
Illustration by Rebecca Zisser / Axios
Some former campaign staffers laughed when Axios' Alexi McCammond asked about the presence of H.R. on their campaigns:
Per Bloomberg: "Trump’s approval rating at this stage of his presidency, 36 percent, is lower than any of his predecessors going back to Harry Truman, according to Gallup polling data. The less popular the president, the more seats his party tends to lose."
"Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a fitness tracking company," the Guardian's Alex Hearn reports.
Peter Schweizer, author of the bestselling "Clinton Cash," is headed to Capitol Hill this week to tell senators and House members about his new book, out March 20, "Secret Empires: How Our Politicians Hide Corruption and Enrich Their Families and Friends."
According to publishing sources:
"At 13, He Helped Copy ‘Some Papers.’ As in the Pentagon Papers" — "Grace Notes" column by N.Y. Times' James Barron:
"It was supposed to be a night when political and social issues took center stage and the music industry fully embraced hip-hop," the L.A. Times' Randy Lewis writes. "But when the 60th Grammy Awards were given out ... at Madison Square Garden, ... it was a different tune":
Thanks for reading. See you all day in the Axios stream ...