Good Tuesday morning. Situational awareness ... "Weinstein effect" ripples across globe: Nearly half the "#metoo" mentions have come from outside the U.S., and decades-old accusations have brought down powerful men from the U.K. and Israel to India and Peru, AP reports.
There are lots of reasons American politics went off the rails, but Axios CEO Jim VandeHei breaks out six seminal events in the past 24 years that steered us here:
Now, all of this has been institutionalized. No wonder people don't trust, like or believe politicians — or often each other.
Fun fact: A Pew poll on partisanship found Republicans and Democrats no longer even want to live near each other.
Sound smart: Politics is growing more personal, polarized and pugnacious. This dynamic is particularly acute on the right. This will likely get worse before it gets better as these trends gain more momentum.
"Senate Republican leaders ... waged an urgent campaign to pressure GOP nominee Roy Moore to withdraw from the Alabama Senate race, ... declaring him 'unfit to serve' and threatening to expel him from Congress if he were elected," the WashPost reports in its lead story:
The upshot, from the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin and Sheryl Stolberg: "The day's events seemed to harden the resolve of Senate Republicans to avert what they fear would be a nightmare situation going into the midterm elections next year: being associated with a man accused of preying on children."
Jeff Sessions' Justice Department has given the strongest hint yet that it may turn a harsher spotlight on the sale of Uranium One and "alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation," Axios' Jonathan Swan reports:
WikiLeaks sent Donald Trump Jr. a series of Twitter direct messages between September of last year and this past summer, with the president's son responding to a few of the messages sent ahead of November's election, the Atlantic's Julia Ioffe reports.
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, makes his Expert Voices debut on Axios with "Trump's biggest mistake in Asia: rejecting trade":
Best-selling author Michael Wolff has spent months inside President Trump's West Wing (often unsupervised!), listening to senior officials pour out real-time accounts of their internal battles, maneuvering and frustrations.
Wolff tells me key players have been barraging him with calls, trying to figure out what his sources said about them: "It's the fundamental dynamic of this White House — people divided against each other."
From a forthcoming release: "Based on more than 200 interviews with the president, most members of his senior staff, and many of the people they in turn spoke to, Wolff shows how Trump and his team careened from one crisis to the next during the administration's first nine months."
FBI stats out yesterday show increases last year in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, AP's Sadie Gurman reports:
Axios' Sara Fischer reports in her weekly Media Trends newsletter that new players (including Amazon!) are taking on Google and Facebook in ad-supported videos. It's an attempt to break down what has been an overwhelming dominance by the two companies. (Sign up free here for Media Trends.)
Among the new entrants:
Be smart: Google and Facebook's grip on digital advertising won't be stopped soon. But as digital video consumption eventually slows down due to saturation, they'll have to fend off competitors more aggressively.
P.S. "Scoop: Bloomberg expects eight figures for new Twitter network."
Bill Gates commits $50 million to what CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta calls "one of the holy grails of science: a cure for Alzheimer's":
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are giving Harvard University $12.1 million through their Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help low-income undergraduate students pursue public service jobs:
First look ... Maria Comella, chief of staff to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will leave in January after his State of the State address to join WeWork at the office-sharing giant's New York headquarters. She'll report to Jennifer Skyler, global head of public affairs, to oversee day-to-day policy and communications in regions around the world.
Cellphone debate goes younger and younger: "Should they be allowed in elementary schools? What about middle-schoolers using them at lunch?"
In a WashPost front-pager, Donna St. George writes that "[w]hat has become a more settled matter for high school students is sparking questions and controversy in lower grades":