😎 Happy Friday!
Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida early this morning, following an indictment yesterday in D.C., according to special counsel Robert Mueller's office.
From the indictment: "During the summer of 2016, STONE spoke to senior Trump Campaign officials about Organization 1 [Wikileaks] and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign. STONE was contacted by senior Trump Campaign officials to inquire about future releases by Organization 1."
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The “wealth tax” proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren reflects the fact that income inequality has become an early battleground of the 2020 campaign, Axios’ Dan Primack and Felix Salmon report.
The backdrop: The economy is technically as strong today as it has been in years, particularly the labor market.
Be smart: 2020 could be the first presidential campaign in our lifetimes in which "the rich” genuinely have something to fear from one of the final candidates.
"Republican senators clashed with one another and confronted Vice President Pence inside a private luncheon [yesterday], as anger hit a boiling point over the longest government shutdown in history," the WashPost's Sean Sullivan and Paul Kane report:
Why it matters, per The Post: "The outbursts highlighted the toll the shutdown has taken on Republican lawmakers, who are dealing with growing concerns from constituents and blame from Democrats."
The migrant caravans managed to keep a persistent level of American attention amid last year's whirlwind news cycles — as you can see in this data collaboration by Google Trends and Schema Design, in partnership with Axios.
The midterms had the longest-lasting surge in search interest — 43 days.
A bright spot for journalism, at a time when trust in media is down, and reporters are (often rightly) flagellating themselves ... "Trump’s policy conduct since taking office ... has ... been a forcing mechanism for good reporting," Peter Hamby, host of Snapchat's "Good Luck America," writes for Vanity Fair:
Be smart: Like "a lot of journalist-on-journalist combat these days, [the] debate about horse-race reporting versus policy reporting feels too small."
Illustration: Axios Visuals
The hottest new trend in TV tech — and an exciting experiment for political campaigns — is "addressable" ads, or TV ads that can be targeted to specific households via user data, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
How it works: TV networks and providers (cable and satellite companies or digital TV companies like Hulu) are using data from set-top boxes (the box you get from your cable company with the blinking lights), combined with data from digital networks (produced as you browse the web), to target ads to you.
The bottom line: Personalized TV ads are the next big thing, but it'll be a while before most TV ads are sold that way.
The robot divide: A Brookings study finds that a "familiar group of manufacturing-heavy states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, whose support swung the [election] for Trump, ... have among the largest share of jobs, around 27 percent, at 'high risk' of further automation in coming years," per Reuters.
Why it matters, from Axios' Erica Pandey: As middle- and low-wage jobs in the American heartland disintegrate further, the national anger and polarization fueled by an urban–rural divide will only deepen.
"Today’s trade tensions are compounding a shift that has been under way since the financial crisis in 2008-09," The Economist writes in its cover editorial:
The golden age of globalization was 1990-2010:
Scoop: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) finally gets to be called "Mr. President."
The Gridiron Club, made up of top D.C. journalists, told members that the Republican speaker at the spring dinner on March 2 will be Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, and the Democrat will be Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
Vanity Fair editor Radhika Jones writes that the magazines' 25th Annual Hollywood Issue aims to celebrate "the brilliance of this moment—the power, glamour, and potential inherent in the movies right now":
This was a record year for U.S. box office, led in part by "Black Panther," which took in more than $700 million of a total $11.9 billion North American gross. It was a landmark year for diversity in casting, as "Crazy Rich Asians" became the first major Hollywood production with an all-Asian cast since "The Joy Luck Club," in 1993.
It was a solid year for black male directors, who helmed 16 of the top 100 films, according to a study by U.S.C. Annenberg. It was not a great year for female directors, the study reports. One year after the founding of Time’s Up, equity and equal opportunity in Hollywood still have a long way to go.