Situational awareness: An NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll out this morning finds President Trump ending his first year with 39% approval, "the lowest mark in the poll’s history for any modern president ending his first year."
President Xi Jinping is selling his country on his plan to reshape the global order, in ways that legitimize the Chinese political system and create more strategic advantages for the China, Sincocism's Bill Bishop writes for Axios:
How it's playing: Under the headline "Make China Great Again," the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) quoted the manifesto calling out "drawbacks" of the the capitalist economic system: "[A] new international order is taking shape."
Why it matters: Xi and the Communist Party's Marxist theoreticians believe in “historical determinism,” a phrase that appears repeatedly in the manifesto, and see America's retreat as a moment to increase China's influence in the world.
P.S. Wall Street Journal front page, "Six Chinese Ships Covertly Aided North Korea. The U.S. Was Watching":
"[A] federal shutdown [at midnight tonight] moved closer to a certainty after Senate Democrats rallied against [a] GOP proposal [passed by the House], announcing they would not [vote for] a bill that did not reflect their priorities on immigration ... and other issues," the WashPost writes in its lead story:
Be smart: Top Democrats tell me they believe a shutdown will ultimately be low cost for them, and high cost for the party that controls the White House, the House and the Senate.
“Call it payback, call it a revolution, call it the Pink Wave, inspired by marchers in their magenta hats, and the activism that followed. There is an unprecedented surge of first-time female candidates, overwhelmingly Democratic, running for offices big and small, from the U.S. Senate and state legislatures to local school boards":
Why it matters: "[P]rogressive women described undergoing a metamorphosis. In 2016, they were ordinary voters. In 2017, they became activists, spurred by the bitter defeat of the first major female presidential candidate at the hands of a self-described pussy grabber. Now, in 2018, these doctors and mothers and teachers and executives are jumping into the arena and bringing new energy to a Democratic Party sorely in need of fresh faces.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin plunges into the icy waters of Lake Seliger at a male monastery 5½ hours northwest of Moscow, during the Orthodox celebration of Epiphany.
Shortly after the infamous “shithole” meeting — where President Trump blew apart a bipartisan DACA deal pushed by Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin — administration officials did their own internal analysis of the proposal.
Here’s the administration’s internal assessment, per the leaked document:
Why this matters: It shows how far the White House is from ever agreeing to the Graham-Durbin legislation. Several moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats have embraced this legislation. But GOP leadership considered it dead on arrival, and immigration hawks like Tom Cotton and Stephen Miller hate it.
Apple is the world's most admired company, as ranked by Fortune, for the 11th year in a row.
"Competition in the digital age: How to tame the tech titans" — Economist cover editorial (leader):
The Economist's prescription:
Be smart: "Powerful though they already are, their huge stockmarket valuations suggest that investors are counting on them to double or even triple in size in the next decade."
The N.Y. Times turned over its entire editorial page to Trump voters yesterday:
"Joe Lockhart, the former White House press secretary who has been the NFL’s [executive vice president of communications and public affairs] and primary spokesman for the past two years, is leaving the league," the WashPost's Mark Maske writes:
Be smart: Friends tell me Lockhart came in to shake things up during a time when the outside world was as much a part of the conversation in the pro football world as what happened on the field.
A tale on Jon Karl's birthday ... "Assistant to Goldman Sachs Executive Stole and Sold His Rare Wines, U.S. Says," per N.Y. Times' Matthew Haag: