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President Trump's power over politics and the Republican Party is growing, with more GOP candidates adopting his tactics and relying on his seal of approval to win.
The Trump effect is startling — and spreading, as narrated by Axios CEO Jim VandeHei and me:
The latest example of the Trump effect is in the GOP race for Florida governor:
A source close to the president told me: "Trump loves nothing more than raw, power politics. He knows he's got unprecedented juice with the Republican base, so he's flexing his muscle, and having a blast doing it."
How Trump does it:
Be smart: Trump-style politics might very well outlive this presidency, making him the most consequential GOP president since Ronald Reagan.
"The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives," the N.Y. Times' Alan Rappeport and Jim Tankersley report.
Why it matters, from WashPost's Damian Paletta: "[T]he use of executive power on such a significant change to the tax law would be highly unusual and could be vulnerable to a legal challenge."
Several recent major non-political news stories show that collective bias by the mainstream media goes beyond politics, seeping into issues of race, climate and terrorism, Axios media expert Sara Fischer writes:
Examples of coverage bias that reaches beyond politics:
Rodney Benson, chair of NYU's Department of Media, said lack of newsroom diversity is a contributing factor:
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America isn't a socialist nation, and the Democratic Party isn't a socialist party.
But after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shock win in New York, a growing number of Democrats are pushing a formula to try to nudge the nation and the party in Bernie Sanders' direction, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports from Michigan.
Why it matters: Ocasio-Cortez and the candidates she has endorsed are trying to blow up the Democratic Party. Yes, they're angry about Trump,. But they're more fed up with "establishment" Democrats who they say aren't working hard enough for the people.
"U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States," the WashPost's Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick report:
P.S. Trump, in the East Room yesterday, on whether he'd meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, after threatening him in last week's all-caps tweet:
"The Pension Hole for U.S. Cities and States Is the Size of Japan’s Economy," per The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse (subscription).
"FEAR: Trump in the White House," by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Bob Woodward, will be published by Simon & Schuster on Sept. 11, per a release:
The WashPost's Manuel Roig-Franzia writes on the Style front that the "expected tenor of the book is underscored by its unsettling cover, an extreme close-up of a squinty-eyed Trump depicted through a gauzy red filter."
Apple CEO Tim Cook surprised young concertgoers in Salt Lake City this weekend at the LOVELOUD music festival, created by Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons, "to help ignite the relevant and vital conversation of what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept and support LGBTQ+ youth."
YouTube link for Tim Cook's remarks (and the Imagine Dragons concert!)
Dating apps are now being used to get ahead at work ... "Singletons are hitting up people on Tinder and OKCupid to promote their businesses" and get a leg up in their careers, according to MarketWatch's Alessandra Malito and Elisabeth Buchwald:
P.S. "Dating sites are also branching out into the jobs market. Some former Tinder executives recently created Ripple, an app designed to compete with LinkedIn ... Last year, Bumble launched Bumble Bizz."
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