Good Thursday morning. Situational awareness: "Apartment rents in Manhattan fell the most in almost four years as landlords made deeper price cuts to lure tenants in a market brimming with choices." Median rent last month: $3,295. (Bloomberg)
As the state legislative season begins, the #MeToo revolution is cleaning up state capitals.
Be smart: The #MeToo revolution — including more scandals, and debate over new workplace norms — is just beginning. One front that has gotten zero attention, but will: staff behavior on Capitol Hill.
P.S. "NPR reported ... that James Rosen, a former Washington correspondent who left Fox News last month, had done so after the network began scrutinizing sexual misconduct allegations against him. And Joel Achenbach, a Washington Post reporter, received a 90-day suspension ... for unspecified misconduct involving current and former female colleagues." (N.Y. Times)
An intelligent vision robot plays Scrabble at the Industrial Technology Research Institute booth at CES. (David Becker/Getty Images)
The single biggest development at this year's big consumer electronics show in Vegas was an escalation of the battle between Google and Amazon to get their voice assistants built into all manner of tech gear, Axios' Ina Fried reports from the Strip:
Follow our live coverage from Vegas.
Toyota's announcement yesterday of Alabama as the home for a shared factory with Mazda puts foreign car makers on pace to pass Detroit in U.S. production, per Wall Street Journal front page:
With at least 17 dead and hundreds trapped in California mudslides, crews search from the air and dig through a deluge of debris, per L.A. Times.
Go deeper ... The Wall Street Journal has a more sympathetic take for government: "Many Ignored Evacuation Orders Before Mudslides."
Debris from a mudslide buries a home in Montecito, Calif.
BP CEO Bob Dudley in Iraq in 2013 (Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images)
BP CEO Bob Dudley showed a muted appetite for pursuing drilling in new areas off America’s coasts, in an interview with Axios' Amy Harder:
"House Republicans stepped forward ... with a [hardline] vision of immigration policy that clashed fiercely with President Trump’s recent overtures of bipartisanship and highlighted how difficult it will be ... to reach accord in the coming weeks," the N.Y. Times writes in its lead story:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Francis Madi, 28, who was brought to the United States from Venezuela in 2003, on the tension she and other “Dreamers” feel as they watch their fate being debated:
"Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) ... became the latest GOP veteran to announce that he would not seek reelection, two days after his fellow California Republican, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward R. Royce, said he would retire," the WashPost writes on the front page:
How it's playing ... L.A. Times, top of column 1, "A blue wave may be forming in West: Departure of Issa and Royce suggests Democrats’ hopes for retaking Congress may begin in California."
Chaser ... Trump, in the same session, which was the first Cabinet meeting of the New Year:
A North Korean newspaper — Rodong Sinmun, run by its ruling Workers' Party — says the popularity of Michael Wolff's book reflects "rapidly surging anti-Trump sentiments in the international community," and "foretells Trump's political demise." (AP)
AI is helping astronomers study the vast universe — fast, Axios science editor Alison Snyder writes:
Thank you for reading. See you all day in the Axios stream ...