Good Sunday morning, and Godspeed and karma to the millions battling hurricane horrors. Situational awareness: Trump at yesterday's Harvey- and Irma-focused Cabinet meeting at Camp David, re "tax cuts and tax reform": "I think now with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speed-up. I wanted a speed-up anyway, but now we need it even more so."
President Trump's botched Charlottesville response was the low point of his presidency for some of his key aides. Now, he has a chance for a reset, at the same time that he's reveling in the adulation for his surprise deal with Democrats.
Trump meets one-on-one Wednesday with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Republican senator who is African-American, who told Vice after Charlottesville that the president's "moral authority is compromised."
Why it matters: Scott grew up poor in the South, as the son of a single mom who toiled as a nursing assistant. He has been harshly critical of Trump on racial issues, and plans to expose the president to his own moving life story in forceful terms.
Scott sought the meeting before Charlottesville, sources tell Axios' Jonathan Swan:
Scott has a powerful testimony for Trump: The senator has spoken movingly about a conversation with his mom during high school about why a pair of Converse high tops was beyond their means. He has recalled how his family once took refuge in the home of a strong grandfather — and how he later drove that teary-eyed man to vote for Barack Obama.
And Scott gave a series of speeches on the Senate floor about police mistreatment of African Americans:
Be smart: Aides say Trump is most likely to take in information if there's a personal story attached to it. The session with Scott provides exactly such an opportunity. The moment could be fleeting or consequential, depending on whether Trump realizes that, at 71, he has a lot of catching up to do.
"Potentially catastrophic strike," per Weather Channel, as Irma makes landfall in the Florida Keys: "Destructive winds are ongoing in many parts of South Florida ... Hurricane and storm surge warnings have been extended northward ... A catastrophic storm surge will swamp parts of southwest Florida."
"How a Harvey rescue effort ended in nightmare for 'Dreamer,' friend' [who] gave their lives trying to save others in boat," by Houston Chronicle's Susan Carroll and Lomi Kriel:
Alonso Guillen navigated a small motorboat in 6 feet of choppy floodwater, steering toward [a Houston] apartment complex off Interstate 45 near the overflowing Cypress Creek. It was Alonso's first time behind the wheel of the flat-bottom johnboat, designed for hunting and fishing. He and his friends Luis Ortega and Tomas Carreon Jr. had borrowed it before leaving Lufkin, an East Texas town about 120 miles from Houston.
Cries for help buzzed on the Zello app they had downloaded to their phones as people stranded in the high waters brought by Hurricane Harvey begged for rescue. ...
They needed to cross the roaring creek to make it back to their trucks. It had risen so high that there was only a 3-inch gap between the nearby bridge and the water. ... The water shoved them sideways. They hit the bridge, and the boat flipped. They fell into the churning, murky water. The undertow was swift and strong.
[On] the boat that overturned ... were three friends: Luis, an American; Tomas, a Mexican immigrant married to a U.S. citizen; and Alonso, a so-called "Dreamer," a recipient of a special temporary permit for some young immigrants. All three of them were lost in Cypress Creek.
Why it matters: "With first responders overwhelmed, people of every skin color and creed rushed to one another's rescue in the nation's fourth-largest city."
"Apple's Top New Phone to Be Called 'iPhone X,' Code Leaks Show," by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman: "Strings of software code inside of the leaked operating system ... show the expected three new phones will be called the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X."
Why Tuesday's announcement matters, per WashPost's Hayley Tsukayama and Jena McGregor:
Go deeper ... I recommend this sneak peek from Frank Foer's must-read book out Tuesday, "World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech." An adaptation runs on the cover of WashPost Outlook, "How Silicon Valley is erasing your individuality: The perils of monopoly":
Amazing stat: The NFL season begins with 7 starting quarterbacks who are 35 or older. The dean, New England Patriots' Tom Brady (40), is joined by the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (38), the New York Jets' Josh McCown (38), the Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer (37), the New York Giants' Eli Manning (36), the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger (35) and the L.A. Chargers' Philip Rivers (35).The Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers — who, inspired by Brady's diet and stretching, thinks it's "realistic" to play past 40 — is 33. The reason for the crop of graybeard QBs, according to AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton:"Quarterbacks are delaying retirement while making more money, eating better, working out year-round and benefiting from rule changes that have resulted in fewer hits and less wear and tear on their bodies. Bolstering veterans' value is the paucity of QBs running the pro-style system in college.""The spate of rule changes over the last two decades that fed the offensive explosion is bearing fruit now that quarterbacks are elongating their peak performance years and prolonging their careers."P.S. Sports Illustrated's pick for Super Bowl LII, on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis: Patriots 31, Packers 27 (Steelers and Vikings also in the final four).
"In the Bellies of the Beasts ... Bloodsicles and beef bouillon bubbles: how a behind-the-scenes team at the National Zoo feeds 350 species of animals," by Washington City Paper's Laura Hayes: