Good Tuesday morning. Bulletin ... "Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank to share data on accounts held by President Trump and his family," Reuters reports from Frankfurt.
Situational awareness: "Another former staff employee of Rep. John Conyers [D-Mich.] came forward ... to publicly accuse the congressman of sexual harassment, saying he once [groped her] in church," the Detroit Free Press reports. "Conyers [will] have an announcement about his future at 10:15 a.m."
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President Trump, his lawyers and his political team are telegraphing with increasing precision their strategy for fighting any charges against the president in the unfolding Russia investigation:
1. Wishful thinking: Cooperate with special counsel Bob Mueller, and tell Trump everything is fine. White House lawyer Ty Cobb continues to argue that the facts will be fine for the president, and that Mueller's probe will wrap up "shortly after the first of the year absent some unforeseen delay."
2. Fight: Trump's lawyers will argue Trump either did not violate any law — or, even if it appears he did, that the president, because of his broad power, cannot be charged and should not be impeached.
3. Fog: This part of the plan has been in full motion for many months: The Trump fog machine blows daily. The idea is to taint the prosecutor, the FBI, the process, the media, the Democrats, the critics. Trump is playing not for a court, per se, but the court of public opinion — and, more importantly, the court of House Republican opinion.
4. Fudge: Trump and his legal team need to muddy things that might seem clear. Case in point: the Trump tweet in which he appears to admit knowing Flynn lied to the FBI. Not only did Dowd claim he drafted the tweet, but staff leaked word that other tweets were written by people other than Trump. How convenient.
Joe Biden has written a tough, newsy article for Foreign Affairs magazine that takes on the Kremlin, the White House and the social-media giants, as the former vice president stays in the mix amid planning for a 2020 run.
Axios has an exclusive first look for you. The sentence that will get the most pick-up:
"Social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google must provide greater transparency about who funds the political advertisements on their platforms, work harder to eliminate automated and bot-generated content, and invest in the technological and human resources to root out fake foreign accounts that spread disinformation."Biden co-writes with Michael Carpenter, Penn Biden Center senior director and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, on "How to Stand Up to the Kremlin: Defending Democracy Against Its Enemies," in the forthcoming (January/February) issue of Foreign Affairs:
Be smart: This message is a testament to the extent to which Russia has become the central partisan dividing line on foreign policy, in a reversal of the traditional positions.
"The U.S. Supreme Court ... handed a victory to ... Trump by allowing his latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts," Reuters reports:
Bill Clinton has an opinion piece for the international edition of the New York Times, "Americans Must Decide Who We Really Are," with a big-picture response to the travel ban:
43% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by an immigrant or a child of an immigrant, per a new study from the Center for American Entrepreneurship:
The backdrop, from Axios' David McCabe: A legal battle is raging over the Trump administration's plan to rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule, which grants temporary visas to foreign startup founders meeting certain criteria.
The Republican National Committee restored support for Roy Moore's bid for U.S. Senate in Alabama, after cutting him off last month over allegations of sexual advances against teenage girls in the 1970s.
Meanwhile, the WashPost reports ... "Woman shares new evidence of relationship with Roy Moore when she was 17" and he was in his 30s: "Debbie Wesson Gibson, who says she dated Roy Moore in 1981, recently found a high school graduation card she says he gave her at the time and inscribed to her."
Podcasting has typically catered to high-end, urban audiences, and podcasts featured on popular distribution channels, like iTunes, are often produced from urban areas where the biggest distributors and podcast networks are located, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer explains:
News Corp is taking aim at the digital-ad dominance of Google and Facebook with a new platform to let advertisers reach audiences across all of its online properties, Axios' Sara Fischer reports:
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime (34-28) at Super Bowl 51, on Feb. 5 in Houston.
Netflix says House of Cards will have a sixth, abbreviated and final season without Kevin Spacey, according to Deadline: