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Situational awareness: Former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman is drawing fire from national security experts for a secret recording she told "Meet the Press" she made in the Situation Room when Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her, AP's Jill Colvin reports:
Six months after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., some of the surviving students are only becoming more active, more organized and more ambitious — ringleaders of a vocal, demanding, tech-savvy strata of their generation.
Axios Future editor Steve LeVine traveled this weekend with a group of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School alumni, who finished a summer-long bus tour yesterday in Newtown, Conn., home of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The student-led uprising is one of the most dramatic dimensions of an escalating, two-year run of U.S. activism that includes a record number of women running for public office, and teacher strikes in a half-dozen states.
When 17 of their classmates and teachers were killed on Feb. 14, the Parkland students collectively shouted: "Never again." But 12 more schoolhouse killings followed around the country.
The shooting's aftermath made web and TV stars of seniors Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg (pictured above). But now there's a deep bench:
This fall, the students plan something even bigger: a get-out-the-vote drive that will leverage their vaunted influence on social media, especially Twitter.
Be smart: The young organizers are going all-in on a strategy of not changing votes, but turning non-voters into voters.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
AP investigation ... Many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent them from doing so, AP tech writer Ryan Nakashima reports:
Why it matters: "The finding is the latest instance in which a technology company has violated its own promises to protect user privacy."
Response from a Google spokesperson: “There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people’s experience, including: Location History, Web and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services."
Go deeper ... "Google consumes one-third of our digital minds," by Axios' Sara Fischer:
"Marching shoulder to shoulder in the nation’s capital, large crowds turned out ... to denounce racism as a small contingent of white supremacists staged a rally in a park across from the White House," the L.A. Times' Laura King and Tracy Wilkinson write:
Two sad scenes yesterday of Carr Fire devastation near Redding in northern California:
From The New Yorker ... Virgin Galactic's Rocket Man, Mark Stucky — "The ace pilot risking his life to fulfill Richard Branson’s billion-dollar quest to make commercial space travel a reality," by Nicholas Schmidle:
"Virgin Galactic passengers will spend about ninety minutes in the air ... After the rocket-boost portion of the flight, during which SpaceShipTwo will shoot upward at nearly ninety degrees, passengers, released from gravity’s pull, will be able to unbuckle their harnesses and float in the cabin for about four minutes, taking in stunning views of the Grand Canyon, the California coastline, and the Baja Peninsula. Like tour-bus drivers, the Virgin Galactic pilots will help passengers identify celestial bodies and terrestrial landmarks that can be seen out the window. For now, this itinerary remains a fantasy."
The players: "The Virgin conglomerate is owned by Richard Branson, the British billionaire, and Virgin Galactic is one of three prominent startups that are racing to build and test manned rockets. Its rivals are Blue Origin, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon; and SpaceX, which is owned by Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla."
The president with his son in July (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Donald Trump Jr., 40, the president's oldest son, is poised to be a key player this fall in a strategy aimed at galvanizing the president’s most ardent supporters, the WashPost's Ashley Parker and Phil Rucker write on A1:
The scouting report:
Paul Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Va. "underscores questions about how someone in such deep financial trouble rose to the top of the Trump campaign, spreading a stain that has touched the president’s innermost circle," the N.Y. Times' Sharon LaFraniere, Ken Vogel and Maggie Haberman write:
Bill Shine with White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
"If Donald Trump is running his own touch-and-go reality show from Pennsylvania Avenue, he has finally found in [Bill] Shine his executive producer," the WashPost's Sarah Ellison and Phil Rucker write on the Style cover:
A senior White House official: "Shine learned from Roger Ailes that two things get media attention: pictures and problems ... He looks at things visually, which is how Trump sees things."
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Randy Atkins’ company, Ramaco Carbon, is working to open what would be Wyoming’s first coal mine devoted not to electricity, but to high-tech products like carbon fiber or 3D-printing material, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" column:
37 years ago today: Aug. 13, 1981 ... President Ronald Reagan signs a historic budget package (Kemp–Roth Tax Cut) at his ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif.
The first black James Bond? British actor Idris Elba is stoking speculation he may take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps aside, per AP:
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