New in the the Axios STREAM this morning: a cool card deck on "9 Supreme Court cases that matter right now."
Ryancare is on its way to becoming Trumpcare. White House officials have been telling us that the repair-and-replace bill is more fluid than House leaders are portraying, and now we know what they mean.
Trump, interviewed by Fox's Tucker Carlson in Detroit yesterday, said: "It's very preliminary ... A lot of things aren't consistent [with his campaign message of helping struggling workers]. But these are going to be negotiated. We've got to go to the Senate."
Axios' Jonathan Swan pointed out that the remarks are striking because Speaker Ryan regards the package as a nearly finished product, although aides say some tweaks were always planned.
Asked about a Bloomberg analysis with the headline, "Trump's Counties Lose Out to Clinton's in GOP Health Tax Cuts," Trump replied: "We will take care of our people or I'm not signing it, OK? Just so you understand. This is very preliminary."
"I'm, in a little way, I'm an arbitrator. ... We got a lot of fighting going on."
Be smart: Trump sees and fears the rising unpopularity of the Ryan plan and will gladly accept whatever changes needed to get it through Congress — or drop the entire thing if looks like a political loser weeks or months from now.
Trump's first budget proposal goes online at 7 a.m. Axios' Jonathan Swan reports it'll be heavy on defense and border security, and light on just about everything else:
Some programs would lose everything under Trump's budget, AP's Cal Woodward points out:
"Trump proposes to eliminate money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the national endowments for the arts and the humanities and more than a dozen other independent agencies" (including Appalachian Regional Commission, Chemical Safety Board, United States Institute of Peace, Corporation for National Community Service and African Development Foundation).
... on Trump migrant restrictions — Honolulu Star-Advertiser: "Trump says a federal judge in Hawaii demonstrated "unprecedented judicial overreach" when he ordered a temporary halt to Trump's revised travel ban."
"U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson [in Honolulu] granted the state's motion for a nationwide temporary restraining order on the revised travel ban, saying Trump's order violates the religious establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution."
... on populism in Europe — BBC: "Dutch people rejected 'the wrong kind of populism,' Prime Minister Mark Rutte ... said, as he celebrated victory in Wednesday's election. 'The Netherlands said "Whoa!"' ... [H]is party easily beat the anti-immigration Freedom party of Geert Wilders."
Mark Cuban — owner of the Dallas Mavericks, "Shark Tank" star and billionaire three times over — joined me yesterday for Axios' debut event, Get Connected:
"Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google? Inside the vicious patent fight over self-driving technology," by Bloomberg Businessweek's Max Chafkin and Mark Bergen:
The Trump rally has been on pause for two weeks, but its run since Election Day has been record-setting, Axios' Chris Matthews writes from New York:
"The New York Times and The Washington Post are at war, and everyone's winning," by
Poynter's Benjamin Mullin:
Stagwell Media LLC, the private-equity fund formed by Mark Penn, today will announce a minority stake in Targeted Victory, the Alexandria-based GOP digital agency headed by CEO Zac Moffatt. Targeted Victory leads digital marketing and fundraising programs for Speaker Ryan and the NRSC, and served the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and Rick Perry.
Medium post, "Disrupting the marketers: What Stagwell Media's investment means for us, and for the future of marketing"