☕️ Good Saturday morning.
Situational awareness: An American pastor freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey is expected to meet President Trump at the White House today: "The release of Andrew Brunson was a diplomatic triumph for Trump, who is counting on the support of evangelical Christians for Republican candidates in the November election." (AP)
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
There was a quiet change this week in the tone of climate coverage. Long siloed, the conversation took on at least a temporary new urgency and insistence after a UN report predicting dire effects as soon as 2040 — just 22 years from now.
I asked Axios science editor Andrew Freedman, who has covered the issue since the early 2000s, if he agreed there's been a shift. After putting his toddler to bed, Andrew tapped out these fascinating insights about Sunday night's UN report:
Why it matters, from Andrew ... "If there was any doubt that this should be story #1, it was laid to rest by the combination of this report and the events of this week: An astonishingly strong hurricane, which ravaged the Gulf Coast, was forming at the same time scientists held a press conference in Incheon, South Korea, to release the findings."
Andrew told me that he's a bit surprised by how much coverage the report got, since it said something not entirely new, but definitely more urgent. It lit a bigger fire than he thought it would.
Clockwise from top left: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP; Emily Kask/AFP; Chris O'Meara-Pool/Getty Images; Charlotte Kesl for The Washington Post.
Michael's terror, clockwise from top left:
Below, Spencer Hardy salvages his father-in-law's guitars from the family's print shop in Panama City, Fla.
Trump walks with Lesley Stahl on the Colonnade. (CBS News)
In the first clip from a "60 Minutes" interview to air tomorrow night, President Trump tells Lesley Stahl the Saudis could be behind the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and if so the U.S. would inflict "severe punishment."
Stahl: "What are your options? ... Would you consider imposing sanctions as a bipartisan group of senators have proposed?"
P.S. An audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi came "from the Apple Watch he wore when he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over a week ago, a pro-government Turkish newspaper reported." (AP)
"Facebook ... removed 66 accounts, pages and apps linked to Russian firms that build facial recognition software for the Russian government," the N.Y. Times' Jack Nicas reports.
Scraping, a rudimentary technique computer programmers use to pull information off a website, is difficult to detect and prevent.
The great Robert Draper in tomorrow's N.Y. Times Magazine: "Today the Democratic Party is generally pro-immigration. And yet many of its elected officeholders remain deeply wary of saying so and especially conflicted about how to address the flaws in the country’s immigration system — or whether to address them at all."
"Relative to other progressive special interests, the immigrant rights movement has traditionally been a pauper’s crusade, lacking in billionaire benefactors and financially outmatched by ideological rivals."
"Immigrants, meanwhile, are a less than formidable electoral force":
NBA grows globally ... "The league has opened up 12 international offices, establishing seven academies on four continents and started broadcasting games to more than 200 countries and territories," AP's Tim Reynolds writes:
"[I]n terms of global popularity, soccer is still tops."
Go deeper: "Next step for NBA is hiring women in positions of power."