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Situational awareness: Trump approval erodes slightly in selected "Trump counties" he won in 15 battleground states, per Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll ... Wall Street Journal A1: "Walt Disney Co. recently held talks to purchase a large chunk of 21st Century Fox's entertainment businesses, ... signaling that ... Rupert Murdoch is open to a surprising restructuring of his empire."
A SurveyMonkey poll for Axios found that Americans weren't impressed by tech firms' explanation of how Russian actors took advantage of their platforms during the 2016 election, but most people still don't embrace regulating the web platforms to prevent it from happening again, Axios' David McCabe reports:
The bottom line: Neither Congress nor the tech companies did themselves any favors. But tech execs tell me they won by not losing: Their counsels answered hours of questions with no big gaffe or revelation.
Be smart: The wariness of government regulation is widespread and bipartisan enough to be a warning to lawmakers who want to pursue it.
Asked at a news conference in Seoul about his diplomatic strategy with North Korea, Trump said: "I really believe that it makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and to make a deal that's good for the people of North Korea and the people of the world."
On whether he would consider "extreme vetting for people trying to buy a gun":
P.S. "Trump likes to remind sidekick Abe who's the alpha male," WashPost's David Nakamura: As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lavished attention on Trump, "their relationship has retained a subtext in which the U.S. president insists on asserting his dominance in a passive-aggressive manner."
"An early December government shutdown is a real possibility, since a divided Congress can't agree on military spending, Democrats insist on help for young immigrants and President Donald Trump's position can change with each lawmaker he talks to," AP's Andy Taylor writes:
Be smart: There is a real shutdown risk. But it's likely to be avoided since it hurts everyone.
The Air Force admitted that it failed to enter Devin Kelley's domestic violence court-martial into a federal database that could have blocked him from buying the rifle he used to kill 26 people, the N.Y. Times reports:
"One family loses 8 people in Sutherland Springs church massacre," the San Antonio Express-News reports:
N.Y. Times Quote of Day ... Courtney Kleiber, who knew gunman Devin Kelley since middle school: "Over the years we all saw him change into something that he wasn't. To be completely honest, I'm really not surprised this happened, and I don't think anyone who knew him is very surprised either."
P.S. CNN's Brian Stelter has this statement from The Times:
"In shadow of tech boom, the working homeless sleep in cars" ... "In the same San Francisco Bay Area city where Google built its headquarters, Tess Saldana lives in a crowded but tidy camper she parks on a tree-lined street next to a Target," AP's Janie Hart writes from Mountain View:
"Leaked documents ... show how the billionaire Mercer family built a $60m war chest for conservative causes inside their family foundation by using an offshore investment vehicle to avoid US tax," The Guardian reports:
The economic strains on local news have forced outlets to close, shutter print editions and consolidate into major holding groups, Axios media trends reporter Sara Fischer writes in "The crisis in local news":
Be smart: I come out of local news: I covered a couple of rural counties for the then-evening paper in Fredericksburg, Va., and spent 10 years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, including working night-police beat. I covered Arlington and Alexandria local governments for the Virginia desk of The Washington Post, and covered City Hall and Hartford for The New York Times. And I don't see a happy ending to this one.
P.S. 🧀 exclusive from Sara Fischer: "Cheddar is joining forces with WeWork to scale its on-air guest booking operation. It's building remote studios in WeWork offices around the country, and eventually around the globe, to bring more TV-quality live shots to the network's weekday live programming slate. The Cheddar team will go live with its first daily broadcast from a WeWork location today in Hollywood."
"Move over, dodgeball: Schools pump up phys ed with choices," by AP's Carolyn Thompson: