Good Wednesday morning. Situational awareness: A poll by NBC News and the GenForward Project at the University of Chicago finds that 71% of millennials think the U.S. needs a third major political party. ... Several Congressional Black Caucus members are pushing Rep. John Conyers to resign, and Nancy Pelosi is tacitly supporting the effort, per CNN.
"How Snapchat is Separating Social from Media," by Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snap Inc.:
Axios take on why this matters: Evan has been under fire for Snap's post-IPO stock price swoon, and failing to sufficiently explain the company's vision. By hitting the flaws of his chief competitors — mainly Facebook — he's pushing investors and users to see Snap as a safer, saner place to consume and chat.
The first Trump campaign book by true insiders hits on Tuesday -- "Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency" (Hachette), by confidants Corey Lewandowski and Dave Bossie, who have secretly written a nugget-studded account.
Deplorables, as Trump originals defiantly call themselves, will love "Let Trump Be Trump" — it's a campaign memoir / buddy picture. But journalists will also feast on it:
That's all for now – more soon. But as a last sneak peek (and a sign of the book's perspective), here's the dedication:
To President Donald J. Trump
And First Lady Melania Trump
And the entire Trump family for
Making America great again.
"North Korea launched its most powerful weapon yet, ... claiming a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire eastern U.S. seaboard," AP reports:
The takeaway, from N.Y. Times: "David Wright, a scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the missile ... exhibited a potential range of more than 8,000 miles, able to reach Washington or any other part of the continental United States."
Be smart, from Sinocism's Bill Bishop, author of the weekly Axios China newsletter (sign up free here): "So much for Kim being cowed by Trump into a testing halt. Expect China to cut the oil supply to North Korea — by up to half, is what I have heard Xi would do if Kim tested again."
Presidential limousines are parked on Capitol Hill yesterday while Trump is inside meeting with Senate Republicans.
A McKinsey Global Institute study out this morning says that massive government intervention will be required to hold societies together amid labor disruption over the next 13 years, Axios future editor Steve LeVine writes:
"Advisers say [Trump] continues to privately harbor a handful of conspiracy theories that have no grounding in fact," the N.Y. Times' Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin report on A1:
Questioning the "Access Hollywood" tape:
P.S. L.A. Times lead story, "President's erratic style threatens his deal-making: His attack on Pelosi and Schumer derails a bipartisan meeting just when he may need Democratic help."
"Senate Republicans rammed forward President Donald Trump's tax-cut bill on Tuesday in an abrupt, partisan committee vote that set up a full vote by the Senate as soon as Thursday, although some details of the measure remained unsettled," Reuters writes.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) says in a statement to Axios: "As Congress considers new tax cuts and reforms — for both individuals and business — they must also include the middle class and the working poor who are struggling to pay their bills and take care of their families."
How it's playing ... N.Y. Times 2-col. lead, "Tax Plan Clears Hurdle In the Senate as Trump Stokes Shutdown Fears" ... WashPost 2-col. lead, "Tax bill advances in Senate as skeptics signal their support."
Your phone knows your every move. Does that mean the police should, too?
The future of digital privacy is up for grabs today at the Supreme Court, as the justices hear arguments in a landmark case about whether police can track the location of a cell phone without a warrant, Axios health and legal editor Sam Baker writes.
WashPost columnist David Ignatius sees "an open power play" by China:
P.S. Tom Friedman column in N.Y. Times: "To inoculate myself against Trump eating my brain, I occasionally get as far away as I can. This time it was to India, where I learned a ton that I didn't know: I found India trying to leapfrog out of poverty and catch up to China by engaging in a rapid digitization of its entire economy and power grid."
Sean Hannity explodes from the cover of Sunday's N.Y. Times Magazine ... "The Fox News host is willing to defend Trump at all costs — and is reaching more than 13 million people a day," by Matthew Shaer:
"Is That a Soufflé in the Office Microwave? Foodies who want to save money and have creative meals are hitting the office kitchen to whip up gourmet work-day lunches," by Wall Street Journal's Alina Dizik: