Good Monday morning, and happy Columbus Day, a federal holiday. USA Today reports, under the delightful headline, "Christopher Columbus, your ship may have sailed": "A growing number of cities are ... replacing Columbus Day ... with Indigenous Peoples Day, also known by some as Native Americans Day."
That escalated quickly. After a nasty Twitter back-and-forth with President Trump on Sunday morning, retiring Senate Foreign Relations Chair Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), told the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin that Trump's "reality show" could set the nation "on the path to World War III."
Corker — once friendly enough with Trump that he was a serious vice-presidential possibility — announced last month that he won't seek reelection, and so is free to speak his mind in a way that most pols aren't.
The unthinkable exchange began with Trump tweeting that Corker "[d]idn't have the guts to run": "Corker 'begged' me to endorse ... I said 'NO' and he dropped out ... He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said 'NO THANKS.'"
But, wait: There's more! Corker told JMart he speaks for most of his Republican Senate colleagues:
Be smarter: The Corker mission could backfire: The more stories there are about the retired generals "babysitting" Trump, the more he'll resist.
U.S. pressure on North Korea is bearing fruit, the Wall Street Journal's Paul Sonne and Felicia Schwartz write on the front page:
Trump starts his holiday with a tweet: "Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing. Policy didn't work!"
"In elections, Facebook's reach has kept growing," by WashPost's Matea Gold and Elizabeth Dwoskin, on A1:
Be smart: You'll see talk online about Facebook "embeds" to the Trump campaign, based on a "60 Minutes" interview with Trump digital director Brad Parscale. The Facebook employees, who had been screened as Republicans, showed up several times a week at Parscale's office in San Antonio.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry gives the football to a surprised young fan after scoring a touchdown in the second half of 16-10 win over the Tennessee Titans yesterday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
"Sunday's Indianapolis Colts game was turned into a political arena when Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that he walked out of Lucas Oil Stadium after a group of San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the national anthem," the Indianapolis Star reports:
Be smart: ABC's Ron Claiborne reported on "World News Tonight": "Pence's protest was planned. Reporters were warned he could leave early."
"Cohn and Mnuchin Risk Reputations" by pushing Trump tax plan — N.Y. Times columnist David Leonhardt:
"The Trump administration revealed a sweeping set of hardline immigration demands [last] night — including the building of a wall on the southern border and major changes to the legal immigration system — as tradeoffs for legislation to protect the so-called Dreamers, a move that could kill prospects for a deal to protect roughly 700,000 young people now facing possible deportation," per the L.A. Times.
Quote du jour ... On a White House background call last night, an official said the dinner deal on immigration was "a deal to work out a deal as fast as possible."
"In a move that would've been shocking a week ago, the mogul was terminated ... as co-chairman of The Weinstein Co. after bombshell on-the-record sexual harassment allegations came to light in a New York Times report," per the Hollywood Reporter.
Fantastic sentence, from N.Y. Post: Harvey's "food tastes were those of toddler. He'd regularly order 'well-done' fries, chopped-up fettuccine, ice cream with extra sprinkles and French onion soup that he would slurp and splatter all over the booth."
Be smart: The reason more Hollywood males aren't speaking out is because they have their own issues, and know that as soon as they made a statement, they'd risk exposure by their own victims.
A series of policy actions in Washington and nationwide market trends are scrambling alliances across different energy sources all fighting for a piece of America's stagnant electricity market, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column:
"Inspectors general have opened at least five investigations into charter or military flights by Cabinet officials amounting to millions in federal spending," WashPost's Drew Harwell, Lisa Rein and Jack Gillum report on A1:
"You're All No. 1! High Schools Say 'Vale' to the Valedictorian," a Wall Street Journal A-Hed by Tawnell Hobbs (subscription):