Good Sunday morning. You're invited (Slides!) ... Today at 5 p.m. at Politics and Prose Bookstore in D.C., I'll interview Barry Blitt, the New Yorker artist famous for political covers like the Obamas fist-bumping, and Barack and Hillary in bed together, each lunging for the phone at 3 a.m. Blitt's compendium, out this week, is called "Blitt."
Proud of Axios ... Our top-shelf events team, led by Ali Rubin, wins a "best event concept" award from BizBash for our launch party in January, a time-traveling experience that showed "the future of news" by opening in a speakeasy with Prohibition-style outfits. Then a bookcase wheeled away to reveal a minimalist space with backlit touchscreen walls and LED flower centerpieces.
Situational awareness: "Tropical Storm Philippe approaches southern Florida."
The reporters behind the Trump dossier ... In fall 2015, Fusion GPS, an investigative firm run by former senior reporters at the Wall Street Journal, began working on a new assignment — a deep dive into Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Axios' Steve LeVine writes:
P.S. BuzzFeed: "The FBI's investigation of Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, includes a keen focus on [at least 13] suspicious wire transfers in which offshore companies linked to Manafort moved more than $3 million all over the globe between 2012 and 2013."
This mesmerizing photo captures a leaf falling from the sky yesterday as a gentle breeze blows it off a tree branch in Tully, N.Y.
L.A. Times lead story from Sacramento, "At Capitol, women raise their voices: Once told only in whispers, stories of sexual harassment and abuse are now pouring into public view":
What's happening: "No matter the details, each story involves a man with power — the kind of power bestowed by voters, an influential lobbying client or a supply of campaign cash. And instead of wielding that power to shape politics or public policy, the man used it to proposition women or to touch them inappropriately. ... Now the stories are flooding into public view."Why it matters: "Men in politics who engage in this type of behavior might say 'this is absolutely consensual, without realizing there is a power hierarchy that is absolutely unequal, and they should not participate in that,' Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) said."In their own words. Ronan Farrow, who wrote The New Yorker's Weinstein exposé, returns with ... "Weighing the Costs of Speaking Out ... Annabella Sciorra, Daryl Hannah, and other women explain their struggles with going public": "[M]any still say that they face overwhelming pressures to stay silent, ranging from the spectre of career damage to fears about the life-altering consequences of being marked as sexual-assault victims.""[T]he actress Ellen Barkin told me that, though she was never a victim of Weinstein's sexual advances, he frequently verbally abused her." [Remember what Axios AM told you about "the screamers."]"[M]any of the women with allegations about Weinstein told me that the forces that kept them quiet continue to this day. Beginning in the early months of this year, Weinstein and his associates began calling women to determine who had spoken to the press. Three women who received those calls said that they were pressed for details about their communications with reporters. The calls nearly silenced them.""[S]everal other individuals connected to the story received calls from a man they believed was working for Weinstein and posing as a journalist, who offered few details about himself and did not name any publication he was working for. 'He said he was doing a piece about how movies have changed in the last thirty years.'"P.S. N.Y. Times' Susan Domnius, on A1: "In late September, just as multiple women were days away from going on the record" about Weinstein, one of his alleged assault victims, Rose McGowan, was offered $1 million in hush money by someone close to Weinstein, in exchange for signing a nondisclosure agreement.
Iowa State fans rush the field in Ames yesterday after the #25-ranked Cyclones upset #4 Texas Christian University, 14-7.
In response to North Korean provocations, Japan and South Korea are having "a daily argument" about "the nuclear option" — acquiring their own arsenals, the N.Y. Times reports in its lead story.
Mark Cuban tells Maureen Dowd that the chance he'll challenge Trump in 2020 is 10%, "maybe 11":
"Bowing to concerns from Republican House members in high-tax states, the chamber's chief tax writer said he'll preserve a federal income-tax break for property taxes," per Bloomberg's Ben Brody.
P.S. Breaking on "Meet the Press": 38% of Americans approve of Trump's job performance — down 5 points from September, and his lowest job-approval rating since taking office, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. 58% disapprove.
"The surge in e-commerce has required the rapid build-out of a vast network of warehouses and delivery systems that include both robots and human workers," AP's Christopher Rugaber reports in "Why the explosive growth of e-commerce could mean more jobs: When people shop online, tasks that consumers once did are now done by warehouse employees and truck drivers."
N.Y. Times business columnist James Stewart looks at Amazon's criteria for its second headquarters city, "and the weight I expect Amazon to place on them," and comes up with these six finalists:
"Marshall," in theaters now ... "[W]hat moviegoers get in 'Marshall' is a film faithful to the facts and to the man, according to those who have studied the real-life Connecticut rape case from 1941 and those who knew Marshall, who died in 1993 at age 84." AP's Jessica Gresko: