Good Monday morning. You're invited ... Gary D. Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, joins me Wednesday at 8 a.m. for an onstage News Shapers interview in downtown D.C. We'll go behind the scenes of the tax negotiations, and look ahead to next year's agenda. RSVP here.
President Trump said yesterday "No, I'm not" when asked if he's considering firing Special Counsel Bob Mueller. Truth is, his high-level Republican allies don't think he will need to:
The N.Y. Times' Michael Schmidt reports that "as the investigation has reached deeper into Mr. Trump's inner circle, ... Trump's lawyers and supporters have significantly increased their attacks on Mr. Mueller":
Fox News' Jesse Watters (one of the 45 Twitter accounts Trump follows) used the onscreen headline "A COUP IN AMERICA?" this weekend as he decried what he called "smoking-gun evidence" the probe of Trump is tainted:
Be smart: The Trump lawyers' strategy is to cooperate with Mueller on the inside game. The outside chorus tries to rough up Mueller, in case his findings are trouble for POTUS.
At 2 p.m. today, President Trump announces a National Security Strategy with the implicit message, according to an administration source: "A strong America is back on the international stage."
Opposition to this approach is strong in some parts of the administration's national-security apparatus:
How it's playing ... L.A. Times front page: "U.S. set to flex its pecs for the world."
Isabelle Jacobs waits for her flight to New York in a dark terminal at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world's busiest airport by passenger count.
A firefighter takes a cellphone picture Saturday during a wildfire in Montecito, Calif. The Thomas Fire is now the third-largest in California history.
Congress doubles down on the least efficient, most expensive way to advance energy and climate policy: a multibillion-dollar maze of tax subsidies, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column:
"Trump, Real Estate Investors Get Last-Minute Perk in Tax Bill," by Bloomberg's Lynnley Browning and Benjamin Bain report:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Jeff Lajqi, manager of a Jewish deli in Livingston, N.J., where residents worry about the economic shock from Republican plan to limit how much property tax they can deduct on federal returns:
"As Venezuela Collapses, Children Are Dying of Hunger: For five months, The New York Times tracked 21 public hospitals in Venezuela [on the northern hump of South America]. Doctors are seeing record numbers of children with severe malnutrition. Hundreds have died":
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady walks off Heinz Field in Pittsburgh after beating the Steelers, 27-24, in a bonkers regular-season game between the NFL's two best teams — a preview of the AFC championship.
Reliving 2017 in 30 images ... In May, Emmanuel Macron of the En Marche! movement (right) is elected French president over Marine Le Pen of the far-right Front National party (left), seen here preparing for a live televised debate.
"Inside the Home of Instant Pot, the Kitchen Gadget That Spawned a Religion: The electric multicooker is a true viral phenomenon," by N.Y. Times "The Shift" columnist Kevin Roose, on the Business Day front: