🍂 Good Sunday morning, and welcome to September. (I know!)
🇨🇳 Situational awareness ... As of today, the Trump administration's tariffs on China are real for U.S. consumers: A 15% duty hit "goods ranging from footwear and apparel to home textiles and ... the Apple Watch." (Bloomberg)
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
President Trump's campaign and key allies plan to make allegations of bias by social media platforms a core part of their 2020 strategy, officials tell me.
Why it matters: Trump successfully turned the vast majority of his supporters against traditional media, and hopes to do the same against the social media companies.
Between the lines: The charges of overt bias by social media platforms are way overblown, several studies have found. But, if the exaggerated claims stick, it could increase the chances of regulatory action by Republicans.
How tech execs see it: They know the escalation is coming, so they are cranking up outreach to leading conservatives and trying to push hard on data showing that conservative voices often outperform liberal ones.
Reality check, from Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried: What is real is that most of the platforms have policies against bias that some conservative figures have run afoul of.
What's next: By the time 2020 is over, trust in all sources of information will be low, and perhaps unrecoverable.
"The month of August ended as it began: with a shooting rampage and a significant death toll," the N.Y. Times' Neil Vigdor writes.
That brings the August death toll for mass shootings to at least 51, per The Times.
🏈 Also this weekend ... Nine teens were injured when gunfire erupted at 9:30 p.m. Friday at a high school football game in Mobile, Alabama.
On the 13th straight weekend of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, hardline protesters pointed laser beams at the heads of officers guarding the Chinese government office, AP's Ken Moritsugu and Raf Wober report:
🇭🇰 Breaking: Train service to Hong Kong's airport was suspended today as pro-democracy demonstrators gathered there.
Above, Lisa Vance helps her husband, Stephan, go up the mast of their sailboat in Vero Beach, Florida, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
Lingo ... The N.Y. Times says professional meteorologists have a term for amateurs who share misleading information online: "social mediarologists."
🌬️Latest: Now a Category 5 storm, Dorian is closing in on the Bahamas as millions from Florida to the Carolinas get ready, amid indications the hurricane will veer sharply northeastward after passing the Bahamas and track up the U.S.' southeastern seaboard.
World War II started 80 years ago today — on Sept. 1, 1939 — when Hitler's Nazi Germany invaded and bombarded Poland, triggering a nearly six-year world conflict that left more than 70 million people dead.
An International Herald Tribune editorial the next day, "Hitler Draws the Sword," nailed it:
The curtain seems to have lifted on what may be the worst drama in the history of our modern civilization.
🇩🇪 Breaking: At a commemoration in Warsaw today that's being attended by Vice President Pence, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier recalled World War II as a "German crime."
In Poland and across Eastern Europe, many feel that their people’s suffering has never been adequately recognized, or that they have been unfairly tarnished for their behavior at that time, AP's Vanessa Gera reports from Warsaw.
For Americans and others, AP continues, World War II might seem a black-and-white story of good defeating evil, with the Allies fighting far from home to defeat Adolf Hitler’s genocidal regime and open a new era of peace and liberty.
Graydon Carter, the legendary Vanity Fair editor who this summer started the weekend newsletter Air Mail, recently asked Jay Carney to write for publication for the first time in a decade.
Carney — my boss at TIME, press secretary to President Obama and now Amazon's SVP for global corporate affairs — reviews Garrett Graff's "The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11," out Sept. 10:
18 years on ... In Air Mail's "The Longest Day," Carney tells his own story from 9/11/01, when he was a TIME White House reporter among the 13-journalist pool on Air Force One with President George W. Bush:
From the press section aboard Air Force One, we caught televised images of mayhem ... The president had announced he was returning to Washington, but we could tell we weren’t. Instead of heading north, we had banked west, flying high and fast over the Gulf of Mexico.
Secret Service agents asked us if we knew our destination, because they didn’t.
Ari Fleischer ... came back to the press cabin and told us to remove the batteries from our phones — in case we were being tracked. We looked through our windows and, finally, saw fighter jets flying, escorting us.
Trending, per the Wall Street Journal: Wine in a can, which "comes with a liner whose exact composition is a closely guarded secret." (Subscription)