Good Monday morning.
Tech's huge week in D.C.: On Wednesday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will make his first trip to Washington since taking over for Travis Kalanick in August. The former Expedia CEO will join D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at Uber's new Greenlight Hub, a driver resource center in Northeast D.C. (East River Park Shopping Center), at 10:30 a.m.
Today is the first day on the job for John Bolton, President Trump's third national security adviser, and the hawkish former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. will be instantly thrown into one of the administration's most consequential decisions.
CFR President Richard Haass tells me that after the chemical attack in Syria and Trump's quick, tough rhetoric on Twitter: "Doing nothing now would be a moral and strategic fiasco."
Haass said he sees three options for the White House:
Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer says Trump has "a pretty clear move" if the U.S. feels confident the chemical attack came at the hands of Assad:
Bremmer says the drama in the story is Russia:
Be smart, from Axios' Jonathan Swan: Trump has been impatient to get out of Syria for months, and thinks it’s best to let others take care of the mess (reminiscent of his early discussions on Afghanistan).
A man in Idlib, Syria, holds a photo of a baby hit by poison gas, as demonstrators protest the Assad regime. (Mahmut Bekkur /Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
"The Russian and Syrian military [today] said Israeli war planes carried out missile strikes on a Syrian air base, hours after ... Trump warned of a 'big price to pay' following reports of a poison gas attack on a rebel-held town," per Reuters:
Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill today as a warmup for tomorrow, when he begins two days of hearings that mark Silicon Valley's official concession to D.C. after years of cocky independence.
Here's what to expect from the lawmakers (joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees tomorrow, followed by the House Energy and Commerce committees on Wednesday), per Axios' David McCabe:
Facebook sources tell me that Zuckerberg's three big themes, previewed last week during his conference call with reporters, will be:
Go deeper: David McCabe, "The lawmakers who could give Zuckerberg hell."
Richard Overton of Austin, who turns 112 next month — the grandson of a slave, and the country’s oldest World War II veteran — yesterday was granted his dream of visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the WashPost's Allison Klein reports:
There's no better illustration of President Trump’s impact on the midterm elections than the soaring number of Democratic House candidates running in primaries, with women driving the surge, per the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin and Denise Lu:
House candidates so far:
Female House candidates:
Male House candidates:
Charles Homans, politics editor of The N.Y. Times Magazine, on President Trump's rally in Moon Township, Pa. last month:
From the new New Yorker ... "On-again, off-again billionaire ... Michael Novogratz is searching for redemption in cryptocurrencies," by Gary Shteyngart:
"Their classmates took to the streets to protest gun violence ... But at high school and college gun ranges around the country, [other] teens ... gather to practice shooting and talk about the positive influence firearms have had on their lives," AP's Lisa Marie Pane writes from Dahlonega, Ga.:
BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, "This Is What It Was Like Learning To Report Before Fake News Was The Biggest Problem In The World: "
Patrick Reed during the Green Jacket Ceremony (Patrick Smith / Getty Images)
"The intense and talented Patrick Reed never faltered and won his first Masters," Golf.com's Michael Bamberger writes from Augusta, Ga.:
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