You're invited ... Axios events launch in D.C. next week:
P.S. "FBI investigation continues into 'odd' computer link between Russian bank and Trump Organization," by CNN's Pamela Brown and Jose Pagliery: "Internet data shows that last summer, a computer server owned by Russia-based Alfa Bank repeatedly looked up the contact information for a computer server being used by the Trump Organization — far more than other companies did, representing 80% of all lookups to the Trump server."
"Behind the political lexicon of the Trump White House," a WashPost front-pager by Marc Fisher: "Bannon rails against the 'corporatist, globalist media.' Trump talks about 'a global power structure.' Bannon promises the 'deconstruction of the administrative state.' ... [Trump] stands before Congress and enunciates every syllable of 'radical Islamic terrorism,' even after his own national security adviser protests that the phrase is unhelpful."
"[A] senior administration official who [sounds an awful lot like Steve Bannon] ... said that the rhetoric of the Trump administration is designed 'to be neither left nor right but a common-sense approach that shines light on a very out-of-touch small group of people in a few big cities who have been the big winners and who try to portray the mainstream of America as being abnormal.'"
"A lot of the language you're seeing is about one question: Are we reindustrializing America or deindustrializing America? ... Sometimes the language falls into a left bucket and sometimes a right bucket, but the consistent theme is that the proper role of the American nation-state is to create more prosperity for American citizens."
Pope Francis says the church must study whether it's possible to ordain married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages, AP reports from Berlin:
"In an interview published Thursday with Germany's Die Zeit, Francis stressed that removing the celibacy rule is not the answer to the Catholic Church's priest shortage. But he expressed an openness to studying whether so-called 'vireo probati' — or married men of proven faith — could be ordained."
His Holiness: "Then we must determine what tasks they can perform, for example, in remote communities."
"Bottled water overtakes soda in US" — AP: "Research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp. says Americans drank an average of 39.3 gallons of bottled water in 2016, and 38.5 gallons of carbonated soft drinks. In 2015, bottled waterwas at 36.5 gallons while soda was at 39 gallons."
David Brooks column in N.Y. Times, "The G.O.P. Health Care Crackup":
Shot ... Brookings study, "Expect the [Congressional Budget Office] to estimate large coverage losses from the GOP health care plan," by Loren Adler and Matthew Fiedler: "CBO's analysis will likely estimate that at least 15 million people will lose coverage ... by the end of the ten-year scoring window. Estimates could be higher, but it's is unlikely they will be significantly lower."
Chaser ... Speaker Ryan, in a shirt-sleeved PowerPoint talk carried live on cable news: "Our goal here ... is this: lower costs, more choices, patients in control, universal access to care."
David Ignatius column in WashPost, "Tillerson's painfully slow start at State" ponders the former Exxon CEO's puzzling "idle gear these past two months":
Andrea Mitchell to Brian Williams on MSNBC's "The 11th Hour," on Tillerson's plan for an Asian trip with no press aboard: "It's not about about ... It's about the diplomacy of the United States. ... The Secretary of State is going to Japan, South Korea and China next week and not taking the press, which has always covered the Secretary of State ... going back on trips to Henry Kissinger and before."
The Labor Department announces its estimate for the number of jobs created in February at 8:30. Axios' Chris Matthews writes that economists are expecting 200,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate to fall to 4.7%.
Fortune's 20th annual list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," highlighting "champions and corporate culture that have made fairness, employee engagement and talent development top priorities":
"Millennials buy more clothes on Amazon than any other website" — Recode's Jason Del Rey: "Amazon registered the most apparel sales in 2016 of any online retailer in the U.S. for shoppers aged 18 to 34."
Amazon "accounted for nearly 17 percent of all online clothing sales to this demographic last year, more than doubling the market share of the No. 2 seller, Nordstrom. Old Navy, J. Crew and Victoria's Secret rounded out the Top 5."
Simultaneous announcements by Penguin Press ... "Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are teaming up again for the third installment of their heralded Game Change series of campaign books, which will cover Donald Trump's dramatic and improbable victory over Hillary Clinton ... to be published in early 2018."
... and HBO: The book will be made into a miniseries, directed by Jay Roach, with Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman as executive producers. The earlier "Game Change" was executive produced by Goetzman and Hanks, directed and executive produced by Roach, and starred Julianne Moore (Sarah Palin), Woody Harrelson (Steve Schmidt) and Ed Harris (John McCain).
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