💨 Good Thursday morning. We wish warmth and safety to the Carolinas — especially older people, who did so much for their communities, and now are sad or scared.
Aboard Air Force One recently, an aide was showing President Trump detailed data, complete with graphics and fine print. Usually the president prefers top lines and the big picture. This time, he was going deeper.
Cable news is setting records, books are hot again, newspapers are racking up the digital subscriptions and an op-ed (!) is a hot gossip topic — all because of the national obsession with "The Trump Show."
Throughout the 20 months of the Trump presidency, news executives have been expecting Trump fatigue to eventually set in. Not only is there not a single sign of it, we're experiencing the opposite — a rising Trump fever.
The Trump boom is fueling both old and new media:
Be smart: News organizations know they have a Trump bubble — that whenever the 46th president arrives, they could have an audience crash. But they'll worry about that then. For now, they're adding staff and products, to cover the story of a lifetime and to feed an insatiable appetite for Trump.
"[T]he overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded — a significant counternarrative to the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the United States," the N.Y. Times' Caitlin Dickerson reports:
The National Hurricane Center’s best guess is that Florence will blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then slog west with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses and farm fields, AP reports.
Cheat sheet from Axios science editor Andrew Freedman:
The Weather Channel has been using augmented reality to depict what a storm surge of this magnitude would look like, and it's amazing. Really worth watching.
More Democratic congressional candidates have competed in this election cycle than either party attracted in any cycle since 1980, according to an analysis of FEC data by Axios' Harry Stevens.
Be smart: The number of candidates in itself doesn't guarantee election victories. But it's one more sign of how motivated Democrats are this year.
The right is in an uproar over a video obtained by Breitbart of Google leaders lamenting the results of the 2016 election to employees at its first all-staff meeting after the vote, according to Axios' Sara Fischer.
Be smart, from Axios' Jonathan Swan: I bet Trump starts going after Google — taking this as confirmation of his paranoia that big tech is out to get him.
"Larry Page was a no-show," Mark Bergen and Austin Carr write in the cover story of the international edition of Bloomberg Businessweek:
"Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device," AP's Michael Liedtke writes:
Go deeper: Axios' Ina Fried goes hands on with the new iPhones.
"AT&T Boss Writes Script for HBO: More Data, More Money ... Randall Stephenson wants to use customer data to help WarnerMedia pick projects, challenge internet giants," write Drew FitzGerald and Shalini Ramachandran for The Wall Street Journal (subscription):
Hours after "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager was fired yesterday, correspondent Jericka Duncan revealed on the "CBS Evening News" that he had sent her a threatening text when she contacted him for comment on a New Yorker report alleging sexual misconduct, the Hollywood Reporter's Jeremy Barr writes:
"The Impossible Slider — made entirely from plants — is now being sold at White Castle outlets across the country," reports CBS News.
Thank you for reading. Be safe, and see you on Axios.com.