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Situational awareness ... WashPost: "At least 9 people in Trump's orbit had contact with Russians during campaign, transition" ... "60 Minutes": "More than 100,000 people have left the island since Maria" ... "AP journalists counted 18 NFL players protesting during the national anthem."
Here's something unusual and refreshing: There are two highly ambitious Democrats who don't even bother hiding their strong desire to run in 2020 — and to reshape the party: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Both joined me Friday for an Axios event on the vast ticket concourse of L.A.'s historic Union Station:
Garcetti jokingly calls himself "your average Mexican-American, Jewish, Italian guy — if you can't get elected with that, good luck."
But it was listening to the mayors that convinced me that Dems may be led back from the wilderness by someone surprising:
Be smart: When I asked top Dem donors and operatives about candidates like these, the consistent answer was that for the first time in our lifetimes, D.C. experience may be a vulnerability rather than an asset when running for president.
Yesterday's carnage at tiny First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas — which killed 26, including the pastor's 14-year-old daughter — means that three of the five deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history have happened in the past 17 months. The others: Orlando in June 2016, and Vegas just last month.
Here's a rare behind-the-scenes view of two of President Trump's limousines (the Secret Service calls the president's bomb- and ballistic-resistant ride "The Beast"), being flown to Asia.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), 40 — who "plays successfully to the warring constituencies of the Republican Party" — gets a seven-page spread in The New Yorker, with a piece by Jeffrey Toobin, who traveled to the cow-calf farm in Yell County, Ark., where the senator grew up:
President Trump, at a news conference with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, refused to rule out eventual military action against North Korea, "a threat to the civilized world and international peace and stability."
This week is one year since Trump's shock victory, and Esquire has a delicious oral history, "The Untold Stories of Election Day 2016."
A few gems:
A consortium of more than 90 news organizations around the world unveiled the Paradise Papers, a leak of 13.4 million financial documents that throw light on the top end of the world of offshore finance, per the BBC:
One of the biggest finds ... Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross "kept a financial stake in a firm whose major partners include a Russian company part-owned by President Vladimir Putin's son-in-law."
"[T]he crown prince has cowed businessmen and royals across the kingdom by taking down the undisputed giant of Saudi finance," the N.Y. Times' David Kirkpatrick writes:
Be smart ... AP points out: "The moves in Saudi Arabia mirror those in China, where President Xi Jinping has used corruption charges 'as a battering ram to consolidate his own power and authority.'"
"Short of an apocalyptic event that wipes out large swaths of the world economy, the moment that global oil demand peaks and falls will never happen," Axios' Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column. "Our lives are too dependent upon the fuel."
The N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin, a Virginia resident and expert on Old Dominion politics, has your talking points for tomorrow's gubernatorial election:
Real Clear Politics polling average: Northam by 2.
For the first time in 40 years (1977), an American woman won the New York City Marathon: 36-year-old Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan broke the tape at 2 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds, beating three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya by a minute and one second.Per CNN, she's a Marblehead, Mass., native who now lives in Portland, Ore., and is a former UNC athlete."Flanagan made her debut at the NYC Marathon in 2010, finishing second with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 40 seconds — at the time, the best finish by an American woman in 20 years. Before this year, she hadn't competed in the race since 2010."
P.S. N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Simon Wheatcroft, a visually impaired athlete who set out to run the New York City Marathon led by an armband that guides its wearer with vibrations. The device had some technical difficulties: "It's 26 miles of reverse parking. There might be a few dings in the bumper at the end. As long as there's only paint damage, we'll be O.K."