☕️ Good Tuesday morning. "President Trump has told advisers he has decided to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen," the WashPost reports.
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In private conversations after the midterms, many top Republicans and Democrats said that President Trump seemed to be heading into his 2020 re-election race in a relatively strong position.
Here are three factors that should worry Trump and the GOP:
Axios CEO Jim VandeHei and I go deeper on each of those:
Be smart: The gravest threat to the GOP has been — and remains — demographics. Every election, like clockwork, white dominance in voting shrinks by a few percentage points.
Ask yourself this: Did Trump and the 2018 elections help or hurt Republicans with minorities?
A week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night, AP's Steve Peoples writes:
Why it matters: "The overall results in the first nationwide election of the Trump presidency represent the Democratic Party's best midterm performance since Watergate."
"Democrats needed to gain 23 seats to seize the House majority. ... [T]hey could win close to 40."
Democrats "flipped governorships in seven states: Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Kansas, New Mexico and Maine."
Democrats "flipped state legislative chambers in eight states this midterm season, including Washington state's Senate in 2017."
Keeper quote ... CNN's Don Lemon last night: "This has been a great wave to surf because it's so slow."
New York City (Long Island City, Queens) and Northern Virginia (Crystal City in Arlington County) will be the homes for Amazon's second and third headquarters, The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription):
The N.Y. Times' Karen Weise points out that Amazon "already has more employees in those two areas than anywhere else outside of Seattle, its home base, and the Bay Area."
"The death toll from the Camp fire in Paradise [in Northern California] jumped to 42, ... making it the deadliest fire in California history ... as teams continued to search the burned-out remains of thousands of lost homes," per the L.A. Times.
In Southern California, a "couple whose charred bodies were found in a vehicle in Malibu on Friday probably died trying to escape the flames."
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Mergers are central to media companies' strategies for competing with tech giants like Google and Netflix. But the merger review process has suddenly become a political football between President Trump and congressional Democrats, Axios' Sara Fischer and David McCabe write.
The bigger picture: These issues become even more convoluted as the Justice . Department faces a leadership crisis of its own.
Be smart about the debate over antitrust: "The changes that take place here are going to be measured in years, not in months," said Andrew Schwartzman of the Communications and Technology Law Clinic at Georgetown Law.
"The concerted effort by Republicans in Washington and Florida to discredit the state’s recount as illegitimate and potentially rife with fraud reflects a cold political calculation: Treat the recount as the next phase of a campaign to secure the party’s majority and agenda in the Senate," the N.Y. Times' Jeremy Peters and Maggie Haberman report:
What's really happening here: "The Republicans’ strategy in Florida reflects their experience in the 2000 presidential recount in the state."
Last week's election participation by eligible voters was 49.2%, according to the latest available figures — the highest for a midterm election in 104 years (since 50.4% in 1914), according to figures analyzed by lobbyist Bruce Mehlman.
"Shortly after the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated last month, a member of the kill team instructed a superior over the phone to 'tell your boss,' believed to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, that the operatives had carried out their mission, according to ... a recording of Mr. Khashoggi’s killing collected by Turkish intelligence," the N.Y. Times reports:
Why it matters: "Some Trump advisers have argued that they would need indisputable evidence of Prince Mohammed’s involvement in Mr. Khashoggi’s killing before they would punish him or the kingdom more harshly."
Stan Lee — who died yesterday at age 95 and was instrumental in creating Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Panther, the X-Men, Thor and more — "was the most famous individual in the history of comic books — a testament to his talent as a writer and editor, his longevity and his skills at self-promotion," writes Knowledge@Wharton's Kendall Whitehouse:
Go deeper: The Marvel maestro's wit and wisecracks.
A new thing: Take Your Parents to Work Day ... "Eager to see what their adult offspring do all day, moms and dads embrace office visits," according to a Wall Street Journal A-hed by Te-Ping Chen:
"Companies see it as a way to please young employees who are close to their moms and dads."
Companies set up photo booths, put out buffets and even wine, and offer talks by leaders.