Good Thursday morning ... "Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread — assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture." (Reuters)
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President Trump views the North Korean crisis as his “great man” of history moment, inside sources tell Axios’ Jonathan Swan:
Trump “definitely thinks it’s a duel of personalities,” says another source familiar with his thinking about North Korea:
Be smart: Trump mostly projects strength internally. But there’s also been at
least one quiet moment when a source saw Trump reflect on how he doesn’t know what Kim is capable of.
P.S. Trump on his planned summit with North Korea, speaking last evening at a joint press conference at Mar-a-Lago with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:
Tony Podesta dances at the National Museum of Women in the Arts 30th anniversary gala, in Washington in April 2017. (Erin Schaff for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta "had money, connections and a rarefied art collection. Then came a divorce, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump, and his world came crashing down," by The Wall Street Journal's Brody Mullins and Julie Bykowicz:
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, last night (Jose Jimenez/Getty Images)
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Eduardo Perez, an ESPN commentator and former Major League Baseball player, who was hosting a news conference in San Juan yesterday when a power failure plunged the island into darkness again:
There was standing room only last evening at the first public event on James Comey's book tour for "A Higher Loyalty," already topping bestseller lists.
"The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster 'Black Panther' premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater," AP's Aya Batrawy reports from Riyadh:
FORTUNE editor-in-chief Clifton Leaf: “If 2018 becomes the year that the United States finally begins to tackle its disease of gun violence ... it will be due not to the good sense of elected officials, but rather to the courage, tenacity, and sheer eloquence of students."
From the magazine's annual list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders:
In Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders, he shares seven "essentials of what we’ve learned (so far) about high standards inside an organization" in this age of "customer empowerment":
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Two terms from yesterday's issue of Steve Levine's weekly Future of Work newsletter (sign up here):
In his first major broadcast interview since resigning in 2016, Cameron told CNN's Christiane Amanpour about fragile states:
The 1968 Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the action flick "Bullitt" (1968) was on display on the National Mall yesterday, as part of a weeklong event by the Historic Vehicle Association.
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