☕ You're invited! If you're in D.C. on Thursday, join me at 8 a.m. for breakfast and conversation with Samantha Power, former UN ambassador, who's out tomorrow with a memoir, "The Education of an Idealist" ... Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ... and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
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Instagram could become a new platform for sharing disinformation about the 2020 election, because propagandists are relying on images and proxy accounts to create and circulate fake content, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
Why it matters: This makes it harder for social-media platforms to enforce their rules, remove content and suspend accounts.
The big picture: Instagram is an engagement powerhouse that attracts far younger users than its parent company, Facebook.
Experts say the tactics of the people looking to spread disinformation about 2020 have gotten savvier since 2016, so it'll be harder to crack down on it.
What to watch: "The more big platforms are cracking down," said Ben Nimmo of Graphika, a social-media analytics company, "the more they’re forcing the bad actors to look elsewhere."
"President Trump’s decision to break off peace talks with the Taliban ... left Afghanistan bracing for a bloody prelude to national elections" on Sept. 28, the N.Y. Times' David E. Sanger and Mujib Mashal report.
Sentence of the day ... The Times' Peter Baker et al., on Trump's secret plan for a Taliban summit at Camp David:
On display were all of the characteristic traits of the Trump presidency — the yearning ambition for the grand prize, the endless quest to achieve what no other president has achieved, the willingness to defy convention, the volatile mood swings and the tribal infighting.
Nearly all major environmental groups saw their donations increase, some significantly so, with President Trump in the White House, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" energy column.
Above, 5-year-old Cattleya Aranha helps distribute paper towels donated to hurricane victims in Freeport, Bahamas.
Places like churches, which opened their doors for neighbors to ride out the storm, now are trying to clear out people who lost homes and need long-term shelter, Reuters reports.
JPMorgan Chase analysts have created an index to gauge the impact of President Trump's tweets on interest rates, Bloomberg's Tracy Alloway reports.
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Mayors of both parties will meet with White House officials and senators today, as lawmakers return from recess, to demand action on background checks for gun purchases, Axios' Kim Hart reports.
Bryan Barnett — mayor of Rochester Hills, Mich., and president of the United States Conference of Mayors — told Axios: "I think we are seeing a tipping point."
... but Biden isn't falling. His strong suit continues to be perceived electability. Warren is closing in, though: Among those considering supporting her, the % who think she'd probably beat President Trump has jumped 16 points since June. (CBS News)
Out tomorrow ... "She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement," by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the N.Y. Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story, helping spark #MeToo.
From the Times review by Susan Faludi:
The authors’ new information is less about the man and more about his surround-sound "complicity machine" of board members and lawyers, human resource officers and P.R. flaks, tabloid publishers and entertainment reporters who kept him rampaging with impunity years after his behavior had become an open secret. ...
When they at last confront Weinstein, in a Times conference room and later on speakerphone, he’s the mouse that roared, the Great and Powerful Oz turned puny humbug, swerving from incoherent rants to self-pitying whimpers ("I’m already dead") to sycophantic claims of just being one of them. ("If I wasn’t making movies, I would’ve been a journalist.") He’s loathsome and self-serving ...
"She Said" contains a second story of what’s doable against great odds: how two reporters with no connections in Hollywood and with almost no one willing to go on the record were able to penetrate this omertà and expose what lay behind it to public scrutiny. ... "She Said" reads a bit like a feminist "All the President’s Men."
Axios has learned that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's former spokesperson Tony Sayegh has joined the CEO advisory behemoth Teneo as a managing director.
Tony will be based at global HQ in NYC, with a regular presence in D.C., working with clients on strategic communications, public affairs and media.
Eddie Murphy worked for more than a decade to get a movie made about the comedian Rudy Ray Moore — and now "Dolemite Is My Name" (in theaters Oct. 4; streaming on Netflix on Oct. 25) looks like a triumphant comeback for Murphy.
"Dolemite Is My Name" drew some of the best reviews of Murphy's career after its premiere this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, AP's Jake Coyle writes.
It had been a while. Murphy's last two leading performances — 2016's "Mr. Church" and 2012's "A Thousand Words" — were little seen and little loved.
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