🚀 Situational awareness ... "Bezos throws cash, engineers at rocket program as space race accelerates," Reuters' Eric Johnson reports: "Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is racing to pull his private space company out of start-up mode and move into production."
Social media misinformation campaigns are now a permanent fight for candidates and officeholders, and will just get worse with the AI-driven deepfake technologies, which make it easy to phony up images, audio and video.
Partly because of rising questions from Capitol Hill, the administration is trying to show that it's paying attention, despite contradictory signs and seeming nonchalance by President Trump.
The officials came together yesterday to warn anew about a hidden war by Russia on U.S. campaigns and elections, and to say that they're on it:
Russia isn't the only threat, Coats added: "We know there are others who have the capability and may be considering influence activities."
I asked a couple of Obama national-security alumni to read between the lines of this remarkable briefing:
Be smart, from Matt Miller: "You can't admit to Russian interference at the same time you are claiming the investigation that is holding Russians accountable is a witch hunt. ... So you will continue to see this dissonance."
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"Now the business founded by Steve Jobs and his pal Steve Wozniak in a Los Altos garage in 1976 truly stands alone," Bloomberg's Brad Stone writes:
"The persnickety might also point out that long-defunct concerns such as the Dutch East India Co. and the South Sea Co. were much more valuable in their times, adjusted for inflation. And the planned initial public offering next year of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned petroleum company, could yield a market capitalization much bigger than Apple’s."
"U.S. officials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan," AP's Matt Lee and Zeke Miller report:
In my 12 years of hosting onstage newsmaker conversations, Ivanka Trump broke all the records yesterday with a standing-room-only crowd in the Newseum's largest theater, including many young women who waited around the block to get in to hear her advice about getting ahead in the new workplace:
Ivanka Trump, on highs and lows in the White House:
Republicans from the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday stood in front of a wall of empty boxes labeled "Kavanaugh Files." (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
"The National Archives and Records Administration said ... it won't be able to finish reviewing nearly 1 million documents regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush White House until the end of October," AP's Lisa Mascaro writes:
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who gave up her seat in Congress to run for governor and was crushed last night by an underdog, became the fifth House GOP member to lose statewide this year, per Axios' Alexi McCammond.
First look ... "Russia, Immigration and Trade War Sticking to Trump" is the headline of a new polling memo for Priorities USA by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group and Global Strategy Group:
The Democratic pollsters see opportunity with "the record of Donald Trump and the Republicans in giving large tax cuts to drug companies and health insurance companies while allowing them to raise drug prices and insurance premiums."
"Investors came into this earnings season with high expectations. They weren't high enough," AP reports:
The health-care industry, in particular, is on track for massive profits, Axios health care business reporter Bob Herman writes:
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Kara Swisher makes her debut as a New York Times contributing opinion writer, "The Expensive Education of Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley":
A new era for college football: "Losing Is No Longer the Only Sin" ... The N.Y. Times' Marc Tracy points out "an unmistakable shift in big-time college sports":
The new example is Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer, who until this "was among the most valuable coaches in college football":
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