Good Saturday morning, and happy Christmas Eve EVE. 🎅
Two weeks of insight: Between now and New Year's Day, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei and I will bring AM readers our year-end thoughts on the topics that matter most ...
Top White House officials tell us they anticipate 2018 will be a legislative and accomplishments grind, exacerbated by the very realistic prospect of losing their congressional majorities.
What's ahead ... Earlier this month, economic staffers got a calendar invite for a Jan. 3 meeting with Gary Cohn to begin a push on infrastructure:
At the same time, the White House will begin promoting welfare reform, with a job-training element to try to attract Democrats:
Be smart: Most people ignore midterm elections and don't bother voting. Next year feels different: The Trump show has grabbed a sustained audience and Democrats, especially women, want it canceled ASAP. This will further galvanize Democrats and polarize the two parties.
CPAs, lawyers and financial advisers tell Bloomberg personal-finance writer Ben Steverman that they are still trying to sort out the new law's financial consequences for major life decisions:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Paul J. Feiner, supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, on a rush of property owners who want to prepay 2018 taxes to beat the $10,000 cap on deducting state, local and property taxes:
"Storm clouds are gathering" over the Korean Peninsula, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declared yesterday, without forecasting a specific conflict, AP's Bob Burns reports from Fort Bragg, N.C.:
President Trump to the press, during yesterday's Oval Office signing ceremony for H.R. 1, Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill Act:
I'll be working very hard over the holidays. Again, I want to wish you a very merry Christmas. I have some beautiful pens over here. And because all of these folks are either continuing to work down the road or getting ready to leave — and I'm sure they'll be working very hard also — I think I'm probably going to hand some of them to the press. The media — would any of the media like any of — oh, look at these camera guys. But I think we'll do that. So we have them.
Many of you have worked very hard. Many of you have worked very, very fairly, and we really appreciate that. So here you go folks. You want the box with it, or not? ...
Q: Any regrets?
The Cupertino colossus has the best shot to be the world's first trillion-dollar company (requires just an 11% rise in market value, from $899 billion), Barron's Jack Hough reports:
"Bitcoin Finds Floor After Worst Selloff Since 2015," Bloomberg's Todd White reports:
The craze ... Bitcoin is up more than 1,700% since the start of the year and topped out around $18,000:
President Trump's public lashing of the FBI, and the criticism by normally supportive Republican members of Congress, have damaged bureau morale, the N.Y. Times reports:
Since Harvey Weinstein was disgraced in October, more than 80 prominent men have come under fire for sexual harassment and abuse allegations, as Axios' Haley Britzky and visuals editor Laz Gamio capture in this stunning graphic.
Click here for an online version of the graphic that lets you hover over each photo for details.
Reliving 2017 in 30 images ... Three major storms — Harvey, Irma and Maria — battered Puerto Rico and much of the Caribbean, as well as Texas and Florida, as 2017 went down as one of the most active hurricane seasons in recorded history, AP reports:
What a country ... Even after shipping deadlines have passed, Amazon still has a way of getting toys, wine or other gifts to procrastinators, AP reports: Amazon's same-day Prime Now, in 25 cities, will be delivering until 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The online retailer goes from order to delivery in two hours.