You're invited to an Axios D.C. double-header: I'm hosting back-to-back year-end News Shapers events ...
Tomorrow at 8 a.m, I'll talk with Gary D. Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, about the turning points on tax cuts. He'll give us a sneak peek at next year's agenda, along with his take on the tech sector. RSVP here.
On Thursday at 8 a.m., Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, will join me with the latest on Hill investigations into Russian election-meddling; and his Honest Ads Act for online campaign ads. RSVP here.
I look forward to having breakfast(s) with you.
Two weeks of insight ... Between now and New Year's Day, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei and I will bring AM readers our year-end thoughts on the topics that matter most ...
A wise man told us a year ago: "You know who never is going to change? A 70-year-old billionaire with his name on the building." How prescient!
In fact, it's striking how little President Trump — and perceptions of President Trump — have changed as 2017 comes to a close:
Be smart: This is the rerun presidency: Every day feels like the last day. So it's safe to assume that 2018 will feel a lot like — wait for it — 2017.
The House and Senate both vote today on final passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
"People with knowledge of the investigation said it could last at least another year — pointing to ongoing cooperation from witnesses such as former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as a possible trial of two former Trump campaign officials," the WashPost reports:
Federal officials said an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit — 80 mph in a 30 mph zone — when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people, per AP.
2017 was a year of change and sluggishness for tech IPOs, against a backdrop of record-high stock market prices, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports from San Francisco:
Philippe Reines — political consultant, longtime Clinton confidant, and loose-suited Donald Trump impersonator for debate prep — makes his Axios debut with "How to fix Twitter's verification problem":
Ideas for improving the platform:
CFR President Richard Haass — author of "A World In Disarray," out in paperback Jan. 2, writes for Axios on the National Security Strategy that President Trump released yesterday:
"[T]he greatest problem with the document is its frequent disconnects with the policies implemented by Trump's administration." The NSS ...
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Sen. John N. Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, after video of him grilling a nominee for the federal bench last week spread online:
Sam Stein writes on The Daily Beast: "Political humiliations like these don't often happen in public view, let alone at the hands of a member of the same political party of the nominating administration."
From the N.Y. Times' John Branch, author of "Snow Fall" ... "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet: Two mountain climbers died near the top of Mount Everest in 2016. Their bodies lay frozen there for a year. Then a journey began to bring them home."
Rafael Reyes embraces his wife, Xarelis Negron, and his son Xariel as they stand in the remains of their home in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 7, after Hurricane Maria.
Announced yesterday ... "Puerto Rico is launching an official review of the death count from Hurricane Maria, ... [after] investigations from ... news outlets ... called into question the official death toll of 64."
Listening to Mozart is said to raise your IQ. Does playing his music make you a better employee? AP's David McHugh answers from Frankfurt: