Good Saturday morning. OK, new topic ... Trump tweets this morning: "Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened." The backstory.
Situational awareness: Damage from California wildfires is now estimated to exceed $1 billion, giving the U.S. 16 separate billion-dollar disasters so far this year, tying 2011 for the most in one year, per the Weather Channel.
Just as Big Tech has begun to seriously worry about Washington, now Wall Street is waking up to possible government threats to the market dominance of the Silicon Valley giants.
Possible hits to the platforms' business models are blossoming in Europe, and the contagion could spread across the Atlantic. An AP takeout from London points out that the giants "are increasingly facing an uncomfortable truth":
Be smart: My conversations with tech execs show they're skeptical that Congress will figure out the mechanics of inhibiting the platforms in a way that would do serious damage to the bottom line.
This frame grab from drone video shows damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said that military operations to oust the Islamic State have ended, and that their fighters have taken full control of the ancient city on the Euphrates River.
"Millions of Americans with insurance through the Affordable Care Act could find themselves locked into health plans they do not want for the coming year because of the Trump administration's schedule for the enrollment season that starts in less than two weeks," the WashPost's Amy Goldstein reports.
Shot ... Sarah Sanders, to CBS' Chip Reid after a tough question at yesterday's briefing: "If you want to go after [White House chief of staff] General Kelly, that's up to you. But I think that ... if you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that that's something highly inappropriate."
P.S. N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Chirlane McCray, wife of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has far extended the boundaries of what a first lady does in the city: "I have the advantage of many perspectives as someone who has lived in different kinds of communities: as a woman, as someone who previously identified as a lesbian, as someone who is a person of color. I've had a lot of life so that informs what I do."
"[A]nalysts ... see signs that Mount Mantap, the 7,200-foot-high peak under which North Korea detonates its nuclear bombs, is suffering from 'tired mountain syndrome,'" the WashPost reports on A1:
P.S. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday a Foundation for Defense of Democracies forum that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities, AP reports:
"Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords: Once, robots assisted human workers. Now it's the other way around," by The New Yorker's Sheelah Kolhatkar:
Steve Bannon, at the California Republican Convention in Anaheim last night: "There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush's."
P.S. College Republican schism to be fought this weekend at California GOP convention ... L.A. Times, top of column 1, "Trump divide trickles down to colleges: Student campaigns mirror GOP infighting on the national stage," by Teresa Watanabe and Rosanna Xia:
The wilderness ... Dem-on-Dem fight in California: Axios' Alexi McCammond finds younger Dems want to replace the party establishment with more progressive leaders.
The viciousness of academic schadenfreude is captured in the memorable cover story of tomorrow's N.Y. Times Magazine, about challenges to the researcher who popularized "power poses" ...
"When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy ... As a young social psychologist, she played by the rules and won big: an influential study, a viral TED talk, a prestigious job at Harvard. Then, suddenly, the rules changed," by Susan Dominus:
A sketch of the Empire State Building by President Trump (with his distinctive signature) sold at auction Thursday in L.A. for $16,000, per AP: