Good Tuesday morning, and welcome back.
First look at a dire warning from one of the top analysts of global trends ... Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group, and Eurasia Group Chairman Cliff Kupchan are out this morning with their "Top Risks" report for 2018:
Among the risks that are worrying Bremmer and his colleagues:
And maybe the most sobering of all: "The decline of U.S. influence in the world will accelerate in 2018."
... Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman gives "The case for optimism in 2018" (subscription):
The super-big picture ... David Leonhardt, N.Y. Times Op-Ed columnist, reminds us in his "Wishes for 2018":
The congressional agenda includes immigration, a government spending bill, health care, and an expiring surveillance program, Axios' Caitlin Owens writes:
Breaking ... After President Trump tweets that it's "TIME FOR CHANGE!" in Iran, the supreme leader accuses "enemies of Iran'" of meddling in the country.
Nine people were killed overnight as clashes between protesters and security forces continue in Iran for a sixth day, with the total number of reported deaths reaching at least 22, the BBC reports:
A headline for the White House to love, from the (not) "failing New York Times" ... "The Trump Effect: Business, Anticipating Less Regulation, Loosens Purse Strings":
Washington isn't even close to a coherent strategy on energy and climate change, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column. What she's watching this year:
It's not often that Big Tech calls for more government action. But two top Microsoft executives — Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, and Carol Ann Browne, director of executive communications — write in a tech trends forecast out today:
Gretchen Carlson, former Fox News anchor and 1989 Miss America, was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization's board of directors yesterday, AP reports:
David Bohrman, former Current TV president and former CNN Washington bureau chief, is launching a video service aimed at progressives, the Political Voices Network (PVN), Axios' Sara Fischer scoops:
"S-E-C! S-E-C!" ... Alabama vs. Georgia for national college championship next Monday — AP's Ralph Russo looks ahead: