Good Wednesday morning. Sundown marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. How long will Jake Tapper keep writing 5777 on his checks?
The WashPost lead headline calls it "defiant." The N.Y. Times and L.A. Times both go with "combative." The Financial Times calls it a "tirade."
President Trump's maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly reflected the dichotomy we have seen throughout this presidency: hot, even juvenile rhetoric, cloaking substance that's very much within the 40 yard lines of traditional Republican foreign policy.
In the meat of the speech, Trump spoke out against three "rogue regimes" — North Korea, Iran and Venezuela — with harsh language that was a huge change from the Obama years, pleasing conservatives and the pro-Israel crowd. But he also emphasized the need for allies to work together to root out threats.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has been persistently at odds with Trump, told Axios' Jonathan Swan in a phone interview: "I was pretty impressed by the way he described the threats of rogue regimes to everyone, not just us — that to some extent we're all in it together."
Be smart: Trump views himself as the leader of America, not the free world — an oddly constrained view of the office. But Trump and his hardline aide Stephen Miller, the lead writer of this speech, call it "seeing the world as it is."
Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star, on White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, whose sideline reactions to Trump ad libs have become a fascination for photographers.
The world reacts to Trump's U.N. speech:
"The big five [network] news organizations have passed on offering ... Sean Spicer a job as an exclusive paid contributor ... due to a 'lack of credibility," NBC's Claire Atkinson reports.
Jimmy Kimmel went after the new Senate Republican health-care bill on his ABC late-night show:
Be smart: This clip is certain to get massive pickup in social media, and puts Republicans on the defensive in a way that no news article ever could. Kimmel's crusade is likely to become an instant case study in the power of popular culture to break through the Washington din.
"Amazon is working on its first wearable device: a pair of 'smart glasses' that would allow its virtual assistant Alexa to be summoned any time, anywhere," The Financial Times reports:
Quick read on the fast-moving Mueller machine:
Basketball legend LeBron James will open today's first-ever Bloomberg Global Business Forum, at the Plaza Hotel in New York, with a taped video for world leaders: "We all know the world needs us to step up. ... Great leaders emerged during the darkest, most difficult times for a simple reason: They were needed."
A twist: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is holding a competing event nearby — the inaugural Goalkeepers, featuring remarks and Q&A with former President Obama.
Pulling back the camera ... "The US Government-In-Exile Has A New President: And Mike Bloomberg has a big new platform," by BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith: "Bloomberg is reviving part of the [Clinton Global Initiative's] original role as a kind of US government in exile."
"A powerful 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico, ... collapsing homes and bridges across hundreds of miles, killing at least 248 people and sending thousands more fleeing into the streets screaming in a country still reeling from a deadly temblor that struck less than two weeks ago," per the L.A. Times:
"The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media," AP's Bill Barrow reports:
Why it matters: This is an awesome example of the reason that people rightly distrust so much of what they read online — and should trust even less.
Be smart: We used to make fun of a kid on our street who was so dopey that he didn't know milk came from a cow — he thought it came from the market.
Hillary Clinton told Stephen Colbert she had seen "parts of" Trump's U.N. speech, and drew applause when she said she "thought it was very dark, dangerous — not the kind of message that the leader of the greatest nation in the world should be delivering."
Your first approach should always be diplomatic. What I'd hoped the president would have said was something along the lines of, you know: "We view this as dangerous to our allies, to the region and even to our country. We call on all nations to work with us to try to end the threat posed by Kim Jong-un."
And not call him "Rocket Man," the old Elton John song. But to say it clearly: "We will not tolerate any attacks on our friends or ourselves." But you should lead with diplomacy." (Applause)
P.S. "Kansas City's Alex Gordon [the pride of Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast High School, and a Husker, Justin Green points out] broke Major League Baseball's season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017."