Happy Monday! Tomorrow is 250 days of President Trump; yesterday was 250 days of Axios.
Most of America is deteriorating economically.
That's the stark conclusion by Axios tech editor Kim Hart, in one of the most sobering pieces we have run in the eight months since we launched.
New jobs are clustered in the economy's best-off places, leaving one of every four new jobs for the bottom 60% of ZIP Codes.Most of today's distressed communities have seen zero net gains in employment and business establishment since 2000. In fact, more than half have seen net losses on both fronts.Half of adults living in distressed ZIP Codes are attempting to find gainful employment in the modern economy armed with only a high school education at best.The healthier the economy, the healthier the person: People in distressed communities die five years earlier.The map: The fastest growing Western cities (such as Gilbert, Ariz., and Plano, Texas) and "tech hubs" (Seattle, San Francisco, Austin) dominate the list of the most prosperous cities in the country. Cities that were once industrial powerhouses in the Midwest and Northeast, like Cleveland and Newark, are now more likely to be on the distressed end of the spectrum.The cycle: Fewer new companies are forming than ever before, which disproportionately hurts distressed communities. The new businesses that do get started are often located in thriving communities where educated workers are. So talented people are forced to leave places with little economic opportunity — even if they have personal and family reasons to stay — to move to those where there is opportunity.Be smart: This isn't a Republican or Democratic problem. At every level of government, both parties represent distressed areas. But the economic fortunes of haves and have-nots have widened the political chasm, which hasn't been addressed by substantial policy proposals from either side.See how your city stacks up.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tells Sports Illustrated's Peter King that yesterday's demonstrations "reflected the frustration, the disappointment, of the players over the divisive rhetoric [from Trump]. ... People love coming together around football. We saw nothing but exciting football."
And President Trump told reporters as he boarded Air Force One in New Jersey last night: "[T]his has nothing to do with race. I've never said anything about race. This has nothing to do with race or anything else. This has to do with respect for our country, and respect for our flag."
Both protagonists were able to claim victory after the weekend's sudden drama.
Overheard 1: "My fantasy player kneeled. Now I have to drop him."
Overheard 2: "Fantasy leagues should give a point for kneeling."
Groundhog Day ... "Trump's War With NFL Threatens to Overshadow Rollout of Tax Plan."
The political environment for Facebook gets rougher with this WashPost tour de force ...
"Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as 'crazy' the idea that fake news on his company's social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call," Adam Entous, Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg write:
P.S. "Mark Zuckerberg Can't Stop You From Reading This Because The Algorithms Have Already Won ... And the machines are running the asylum," by BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's election to a fourth term was marred by a bigger-than-expected success for her nationalist opponents — the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany.
How we got here ... "German Results Reflect European Unease Over Identity, Economy," by Wall Street Journal's Marcus Walker in Berlin, on A1:
Be smart: The nationalist/populist wave that produced Brexit and President Trump faltered in recent European elections, but persists in ways the establishment hasn't yet fully reckoned with.
"In the history of the markets since 1926, Apple has generated more profit for investors than any other American company," the N.Y. Times' Jeff Sommer reports.
Today's weekly "Harder Line" energy column by Axios' Amy Harder is born out of her own experience — a consumer-focused yarn about how environmental rules affect air conditioners:
A sick Rohingya Muslim woman, Amila Khatoon, is carried on a plastic chair by her sons on the way to hospital outside Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh yesterday.
Go deeper: "Myanmar's persecution of its Muslim-minority population," by Axios' Shane Savitsky.
Hurricane Maria may have set Puerto Rico back decades: "The entire population is still without power and engineers say it could take months to be restored. A dam remains in danger of collapsing. Shipments of food, water and generators are starting to arrive at the main port in San Juan, which has reopened." (BBC)
"In a matter of hours, Hurricane Maria wiped out about 80 percent of the crop value in Puerto Rico."
After a series of embarrassing episodes involving misconduct and behavior problems among senior officers, the Army is putting together new mental health, counseling and career management programs to shape stronger, more ethical leaders, AP's Lolita Baldor reports.
The tips for the generals are worthy of consideration by all of us, whether we're leading at home or in a massive organization:
Sixty years ago today — on Sept. 25, 1957, two days after a large, white mob turned violent outside Little Rock Central High School — nine black teenagers returned with federal troops, AP recalls:
Our thought bubble: Just 60 years! This astonishing scene was in the lifetime of so many people we know.