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We've had a monster news week for the debut of the Axios "1 Big Thing" segment on MSNBC's "First Look," airing at 5:55 a.m., in the lead-in to "Morning Joe." Today's clip here.
President Trump is ending the week with a flop — nowhere close to the border wall funding he wanted in the DACA-less spending bill that congressional leaders released last evening. But he's fulfilling one of his most aggressive campaign promises with his anti-China trade action, Axios' Jonathan Swan writes:
Trump's expected announcement today of tariffs on Chinese imports is a big deal, and analysts fear it could provoke a trade war:
The disagreement has been over the size and scope of the tariffs. Trump’s team initially presented him with $30 billion per year in tariffs.
GOP at war — with itself ... The "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" leak about Putin was the most sensational and newsworthy over the last 24 hours. But the leak that most infuriated and perplexed senior Capitol Hill officials: HuffPost found out in real time — and other outlets quickly confirmed — that the president wasn't happy with the government spending bill:
Behind-the-scenes: Trump vented about the spending bill — particularly its lack of border wall funding — to a fewer than a dozen top officials on a conference call, and his concerns became public almost immediately.
The episode reflects Trump's distrust of his own party's congressional leaders:
A senior GOP senate aide called Swan to vent: "Everyone is over the leaks from this White House. Why is it that every emotional moment he has, has to be leaked, has to be a tick-tock, every second has to be transmitted to you guys in the press?"
After staying silent for several days, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was everywhere Wednesday night, with stories posting on Recode, the New York Times and Wired just as a sit-down interview aired on CNN, Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried writes.
Zuckerberg to CNN on bad actors using Facebook at this moment to meddle with U.S. midterm elections: "I'm sure someone's trying, right?"
Ina's unanswered questions:
Thought bubble from Axios' David McCabe: The image Facebook wanted the world to see was Mark Zuckerberg as the humbled grownup. More than once, viewers saw Zuck, who made it big so fast and is trying to catch up.
Catch up quick on all Zuckerberg's key points.
"Egyptians go to the polls next week in what is essentially a one-candidate election considered by critics to be a return of sorts to authoritarian rule, after a 2011 revolution that sparked loftier expectations for the region," AP Middle East Editor Dan Perry writes:
The global view ... "[T]he Middle East is hardly alone in what seems to be a global trend away from liberal democracy at a turbulent and complicated time":
Obama in New Zealand ... Former President Obama attends a powhiri (a welcoming ceremony that includes dancing and song) at Government House in Auckland, on his first visit to New Zealand.
This year's peak brought the nation's highest level of flu-like illnesses in the past eight years, per Axios' Chris Canipe and Eileen Drage O'Reilly.
"Congress has overwhelmingly passed legislation meant to curb online sex trafficking of children. This means a first major change in years to a key legal shield used by Internet companies to avoid liability for what people say and do online," NPR's Alina Selyukh reports:
What it does, from Reuters: "The legislation ... [makes] it easier for state prosecutors and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that failed to keep exploitative material off their platforms."
Senate Intelligence Committee holds hearing on election security: Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) talks with former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson before his testimony in the Hart Senate Office Building. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
"Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has so far discussed with ... Trump's lawyers four main topics they want to talk about with the President," per CNN:
Be smart: Three of those four topics concern the president's own actions.
Both Florida senators today introduce "red flag" legislation incentivizing states to allow law enforcement or families to petition a court to remove a gun from a dangerous individual, without taking away their right to due process.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) — joined by Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) — are making a bipartisan push for the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act, echoing a "red flag" provision that the Florida legislature recently passed and Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed.
With 2020 buzz about him rising, former Vice President Biden today will announce a big-name list of members of the Biden Institute Policy Advisory Board.
Also today, Biden lays out a three-part vision, "A Plan to Put Work — and Workers — First," which he says is aimed at restoring the basic bargain we used to have in this country:
Go deeper: This fact sheet digs into policy ideas that Biden and his team have been working on for the first point above.
P.S. Trump tweets this morning: "Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!"
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) is finishing a book about polarization in America, "Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal,” out Oct. 16.
This is the first issue fully edited by Radhika Jones, who says in her editor's letter that Waithe's rise is a reason for optimism after a grim year in Hollywood.
Thanks for reading, and see you on Axios.com.