The year's most consequential storylines have collided — and are now one mega-story worthy of your undivided attention — with the revelation by Bloomberg's Chris Strohm that "Russia's effort to influence U.S. voters through Facebook and other social media is a 'red-hot' focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation."
The latest Mueller news would make the "House of Cards" writers blush, bringing together fake news, Mueller, Trump, Russia and the winds blowing against the tech giants. Bloomberg's details:
At the same time, Hillary Clinton is out there sounding the alarm with the promotion tour for "What Happened," where she writes that Russian manipulation of the election ("an attack on our democracy by our principal foreign adversary") is "much more serious" than Watergate.
Confronting "hybrid war" ... Jim Rutenberg, in the cover story of Sunday's N.Y. Times Magazine ("RT, Sputnik and Russia's New Theory of War"), writes that the Kremlin has "built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century," and that it "may be impossible to stop":
Another development that'll keep this convergence in the news ... "FBI investigating Russian media's U.S. intentions," the L.A. Times reports on A1:
Be smart: The Russia angle will vastly amplify congressional and media scrutiny of the tech giants, increasingly on the defensive for what they know about us and how they have used their power.
P.S. The N.Y. Times reports that beginning today, the Kremlin is holding "a six-day joint military exercise that is expected to be the biggest display of Russian military power since the end of the Cold War a quarter-century ago."
After dinner with President Trump at the White House last night, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi released a joint statement saying the president had agreed to a legislative replacement for DACA along with border security funding and, crucially, without funding for the wall.
Sen. Tim Scott, the only African American Republican in the Senate, told President Trump at a highly symbolic Oval Office meeting yesterday that he needs to diversify his staff.
P.S. If you're fascinated by Apple, Ben Thompson's pioneering Stratechery newsletter has a fantastic dive into the weeds of this week's announcement (all about "the notch, the black cut-out at the top of the iPhone X that houses an array of sensors and cameras"), as well as this big-picture insight:
[E]verything is aligned around Apple being the Apple Jobs envisioned: a company that shows its "appreciation to the rest of humanity [by making] something wonderful and put[ting] it out there." By making the best products Apple earns loyal customers willing to pay a premium; loyal customers give Apple both freedom to make large scale changes and also a point of leverage against partners like carriers and developers. And then, the resultant profits lets Apple buy the small companies and do the R&D to create the next set of products.
A study out overnight from Harvard Business School and its U.S. Competitiveness Project — "Why Competition in the Politics Industry Is Failing America," by business leader Katherine Gehl and competition expert Michael Porter (both supporters of The Centrist Project and No Labels) — concludes:
Be smart: Each side's unresolved splits — Bernie v. Hillary, and Trump v. GOP — signal the possibility that the two uber-parties could splinter further, with dozens of Democrats seeking the 2020 nomination, and populist Republicans empowered while the establishment tries to reassert dominance.
New Yorker Editor David Remnick, "Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger":
For all of Hillary Clinton's skills of survival, she will have a hard time finding a similar peace or place in public affairs [than Gore has]. For one thing, Gore was in his early fifties when he lost. Clinton is sixty-nine. For another, the circumstances surrounding her defeat are immensely more disturbing. Clinton lost a race that few thought possible to lose.
Ivanka Trump gave three in-person interviews to the Financial Times for this weekend's edition:
Miami Herald: "Nursing home where 8 died in sweltering heat had poor record with state regulators."
"Spy museum's newest: ax used on Trotsky, parts of Powers' U2," by AP's Deb Riechmann: