Good Saturday morning. Situational awareness: Mueller has told the White House that he'll probably seek to interview six current and former White House aides: Hope Hicks; Sean Spicer; Reince Priebus; White House counsel Don McGahn; one of his deputies, James Turnham; and Josh Raffel, a White House spokesman who works closely with Jared Kushner. (WashPost)
Be smart: These six know a lot about the process of the West Wing, and saw and heard a lot that Mueller's interested in. This is another clue that Mueller is obsessed with understanding how things worked, building his web of details and connections — and methodically working from the outside of the circle to the very center of it.
A Trump adviser says that after a tumultuous seven months in office, it had finally dawned on the president: "People really f@&@ing hate me."
For someone who has spent his life lapping up adulation, however fake, it was a harsh realization. This is a man with an especially acute need for affirmation.
This week's bear hug of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer opened Trump's eyes to one solution: Stop doing things that people hate, and start striking deals.
Who knows if this will stick. But there's reason to think it might, according to Trump's friends and aides. Here's why, based on conversations Jonathan Swan and I had in the aftermath of the surprising deal:
Be smart: With the expiration of vehicles allowing simple-majority votes in the Senate, Trump achievements soon will require substantial Democratic votes. So he was going to have to pivot at some point anyway, building bridges and finding new dance partners.
Will it stick? With Trump, who the hell knows?
The Weather Channel is calling Hurricane Irma a nightmare scenario for Florida:
Miami Herald: Rain has "already begun pouring into Miami-Dade County, and thousands are without power. Gov. Rick Scott told those in evacuation zones to leave immediately."
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Terry Tempest Williams, an author and naturalist, on thoughts that turn apocalyptic in light of a preponderance of staggering hurricanes and wildfires and a powerful earthquake: "For so many years, talking about the weather was talking about nothing. Now it really is our survival."
Pam Brekke had traveled 30 miles from Sanford, Fla., to a Lowe's in Orlando that got a surprise shipment of 216 generators amid the Irma frenzy, according to Nancy Alvarez of ABC affiliate WFTV.
"A photo of a giant toddler stands in Mexico and peers over a steel wall dividing the country from the United States," AP's Julie Watson writes from Tecate, Mexico:
The death toll from Mexico's 8.1 earthquake, said to be the country's largest in a century, is at least 61. The L.A. Times says a similar mega-quake could easily strike easily California.
Hillary Clinton guests on Crooked Media's "Pod America America," chatting with several of the aides who helped defeat her in 2008, as part the rollout for her new memoir, "What Happened," out Tuesday.
She'll also appear on a podcast with Max Linsky, co-host of "With Her" during the campaign.
Those are the first few weeks. She'll continue doing events at least through Thanksgiving, when holiday book-buying begins.
When Amazon announced it was in search of a second headquarters ("HQ2") that could bring 50,000 jobs and $5 bill in investment to the winning metro area, Axios' Kim Hart and David McCabe studied the criteria and came up with these five likely contenders:
N.Y. Times' Upshot did the same exercise and came up with this final four: Boston; Denver; Portland, Ore.; and Washington, D.C.
The criteria that The Times used, based on eight pages of guidance provided to cities:
That left Denver:
My pick: Providence, R.I., which was one of three known finalists for GE HQ (which wound up in Boston, edging out NYC). Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) would fight for it. Amazon would instantly be synonymous with Providence in a way that it wouldn't be with other likely picks. And with all of Amazon's M&A activity, it makes sense to be on the East Coast, with an easy day trip from New York or D.C.
Eye-opening scenes from the "age of facial recognition," in The Economist's cover editorial:
"Federal law-enforcement authorities in New York are investigating whether Uber used software to interfere illegally with its competitors, ... adding to legal pressures facing the embattled ride-hailing company," the Wall Street Journal reports on the front page:
P.S. Also on the Journal front page ... "Bridgewater Associates LP is poised to amass a huge investment fund in China, giving its founder, Ray Dalio, the kind of clout that has largely eluded Western financial firms in the world's second-largest economy."
"In turbulent times, TV turns to what's familiar, including military dramas," by L.A. Times' Lorraine Ali: