⚡Breaking: President Trump's decision, announced on Twitter, to cancel a visit to Denmark next month — after the prime minister described his quest to buy Greenland as "absurd" — took the Danish royal palace by surprise. (AP)
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One of President Trump's under-appreciated re-election assets is something all politicians promise but few do: He has largely done precisely what he promised his base he would do, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei writes.
Love him or hate him, Trump fixates on turning campaign promises into reality— or at least making the case that he tried:
Then there are the huge promises Trump hasn't kept:
Watch for ... Trump to argue that unfulfilled promises are the fault of others.
President Trump "said he can cut taxes by indexing capital gains to inflation without congressional approval, a move the White House has been considering for months that would largely benefit the wealthy," Bloomberg reports.
"[W]e've been talking about indexing for a long time," Trump said in the Oval Office yesterday.
🗞️ Headline of the day ... WashPost A1: "Trump eyes fiscal jolt, denies need for it."
We told you Monday about the Business Roundtable's new pledge of corporate obligations to customers, employers, suppliers and communities — not just shareholders, signed by 181 of the nation's top CEOs.
David Ignatius, the WashPost foreign affairs columnist, calls this "the loudest reform call yet" from inside capitalism:
Business leaders seem to recognize the crisis: The system isn’t delivering. President Trump’s election reflects a populist rage that threatens America’s future prosperity and stability. ... Corporate America fears the system is failing. ...
The corporate panic about capitalism could be a turning point, opening the way for a future president to begin fixing the problems of stagnant wages and inequality that are at the core of America’s disarray.
Democratic presidential candidates have been strewing proposals for radical change across the campaign trail: Some are well-considered, but many are wildly impractical and doomed to fail.
America’s historical experience teaches us that economic reform succeeds when it goes mainstream, and that’s what’s happening now.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 70 (right), met her doppelgänger, Stephanie Oyen, 50, in St. Paul, Minn., on Monday, the Star Tribune's Hannah Sayle reports:
In the selfie line, Warren checked out Oyen's outfit and said: "We need to talk!"
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For years, Facebook and other social media companies have erred on the side of lenience in policing their sites and allowed most posts with false information to stay up, as long as they came from a genuine human and not a bot or a nefarious actor, Axios emerging tech reporter Kaveh Waddell writes.
Between the lines: This would be a significant concession to critics who say the companies have a responsibility to do much more to keep harmful false information from spreading unfiltered.
Pressure from D.C. is mounting. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff asked Facebook, Twitter and Google in July how they are dealing with deepfakes.
The big issues that hang over the companies:
Idaho officials report that drivers have been following and harassing buses carrying children of seasonal and migrant farmworkers to early childhood education programs, the Idaho Statesman reports.
An increase in boycotts, threats and blacklists in the Trump era is putting pressure on corporate America, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer writes.
Advertising boycotts have become more frequent in the era of Trump, #MeToo and accountability politics:
What's next: Corporations face more pressure to take stands on issues their consumers believe in. So expect more threats and boycotts heading into 2020.
The official government line in Afghanistan is that the Islamic State has been defeated — but local leaders tell a different story, the WashPost's Pam Constable and Karen DeYoung report:
The new threat: Leaders "fear that some Taliban fighters will join the more ruthless Islamic State forces if Taliban leaders make a deal with U.S. officials."
ABC and NPR commentator Cokie Roberts — Library of Congress "Living Legend," role model over decades on the air, and author of six bestsellers on women in America — asked me to share this statement with her friends and fans:
After my appearance on "This Week" last Sunday, I received many messages of concern about my health. Over the summer, I have had some health issues which required treatment that caused weight loss. I am doing fine. I very much appreciate the kind comments I have received and expect to be, as I have been, working away in the days and months to come, covering what promises to be a fascinating election. I am grateful to everyone who has been in touch and sent their well wishes. Thanks for caring.
"Friends" superfans have already begun celebrating the show’s 25th anniversary, coming up in September, AP reports:
Why "Friends" matters: "It transcends generations," Maryellen Zarakas, a Warner Bros. senior vice president, said of the show that ended in 2004 after 10 seasons.
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