Good Saturday morning! Tonight's the night phones fall back ... You know you've had a long week when you wake up and authoritatively command the Amazon speaker: "Axios, play classic rock!"
In May 2016, former President George H.W. Bush told Mark Updegrove, author of a forthcoming book about the two presidents Bush, when asked about Donald Trump: "I don't like him ... I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard. And I'm not too excited about him being a leader."
Updegrove, a historian and former director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, will be out Nov. 14 with "The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush." Early copies of the HarperCollins book are circulating:
Be smart: George W. Bush is probably right that he was "the last Republican president," as his family sees the party. The "Republican Party" is now multiple ideological parties, awkwardly — and probably not sustainably — scrunched under one inadequate label.
Be smart: We're told by top Democrats that the revelation of the agreement, which left Bernie bros feeling vindicated and has given a handy new target to TrumpFox, means that no such agreements will be viable in 2020. The dynamics probably preclude it anyway — hard to see a clear-the-field frontrunner.
Five days before the anniversary of the election, Trump tweets: "Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems ... New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus."
Why it matters ... N.Y. Times' Peter Baker: "The repeated assaults on law enforcement cross lines that presidents have largely observed since the Watergate era, raising questions about the separation of politics and the law. But as extraordinary as Mr. Trump's broadsides are, perhaps more striking is that investigators and prosecutors are so far ignoring the head of the executive branch in which they serve."
The rising sun turns the sky red and orange behind the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., yesterday.
"Harvey Weinstein — on the verge of being arrested over sexual assault allegations — is being monitored for any travel and would be blocked from leaving the country if he tried," the N.Y. Post's legendary Larry Celona reports.
"Trump Administration Issues Report Confirming Global Warming," by Bloomberg's Joe Ryan:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Philip B. Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center, on the release of a report from 13 federal agencies that says humans are the main cause of global warming, a stance contradicting much of the Trump administration's position:
"It begs the question, where are members of the administration getting their information from? They're obviously not getting it from their own scientists."
Go deeper: See the report.
Wall Street Journal lead story: "[T]he unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage point to 4.1% in October, its lowest level since December 2000, the height of a technology bubble."
"Scandal, outrage and politics ... Facebook, Google and Twitter were supposed to save politics as good information drove out prejudice and falsehood. Something has gone very wrong" — The Economist's cover editorial:
These photos show Nikolskaya street in downtown Moscow, photographed in October 1917 and in October 2017:
See 6 more "Then and now" pics of Moscow and St. Petersburg, from AP.
"Technical equipment to shoot 'Mission: Impossible 6' is being helicoptered into southern Norway's ... Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), a plateau and spectacular viewpoint over Norway's mountainous landscape that sits ... nearly 2,000 feet ... above the Lysefjord," AP reports from Copenhagen: