☕️ Good Monday morning.
Situational awareness: Sears Holdings Corp., parent of the Sears and Kmart retail chains, announced early this morning that it had filed for bankruptcy protection — a last-ditch effort to save an American icon that shaped shopping habits for more than a century. Chairman Edward Lampert is stepping down as CEO. (Chicago Tribune)
President Trump's private dining room, off the Oval Office (CBS News)
President Trump has clearly soured on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and top Republicans and Democrats both tell me his departure would be particularly costly for the White House — and a disturbing sign for outsiders.
But here's something aides may not have told the president: People who know Mattis tell me that he won't stay around to be abused and humiliated like Attorney General Jeff Sessions has.
After recent rumblings of frayed relations with Mattis, Trump's comments on "60 Minutes" last night sent a signal to the world — including allies who depend on the U.S. for their defense — that the Pentagon chief may be a short-timer.
But it turns out there was more:
Be smart: Mattis is a linchpin of what we call the Committee to Save America —
an unofficial alliance of officials who see it as their patriotic duty to protect Trump and the nation from disaster.
"Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority," AP's Steve Peoples writes:
"[T]he early Republican-on-Republican blame game has begun":
"Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides 'strong evidence' she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations," the Boston Globe's Annie Linskey reports.
"The analysis of Warren’s DNA was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor and expert in the field who won a 2010 MacArthur fellowship, also known as a genius grant."
"The inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics":
Why it matters: "Undergoing the test and releasing the results reveal how seriously Warren is taking the attacks from Trump, who has been able to effectively caricature and diminish his national foes via nicknames and conspiracy theories."
Above, the Rev. John Blount holds a service outside of his church, St. Andrew United Methodist, in Panama City, Fla.
Below, Pastor Geoffrey Lentz walks through the sanctuary of his church, First United Methodist in Port Saint Joe, Fla.
As you enter the Carne y Arena experience in Northeast Washington, a bleach bottle that was used as a water bottle for a border crossing is real. So are the rows of abandoned kids' sneakers.
Washingtonians have just two more weeks to visit Carne y Arena, which will give you a vivid sense of the human side of the immigration debate — a topic so often reduced to jargon and statistics.
What you'll see: "Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Based on true accounts from Central American and Mexican refugees, CARNE y ARENA blurs and binds together the superficial lines between subject and bystander, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and live a fragment of a refugee’s personal journey."
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Two parallel efforts to tax carbon emissions are taking great strides to avoid the t-word, Amy Harder writes in "Harder Line," her weekly energy column:
Go deeper, with Amy's other glossary columns:
Jim Rutenberg's N.Y. Times weekly media column, "The Mediator," returns ... "Just six months ago, American media outlets presented a sunny-side-up portrait of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia as he made a good-will tour of New York, Hollywood and Silicon Valley."
A foiled plot to bomb a rally of Iranian dissidents in Paris "has sparked growing anxiety in France, Germany and several other countries, including the United States and Israel, that Iran is planning audacious terrorist attacks and has stepped up its intelligence operations around the world," per the WashPost:
The leaders "are making contingency plans to strike at the country’s adversaries in the event of open conflict, according to American, European, Middle Eastern and Israeli officials and analysts."
This is a smart way to think about last week's stock shock ..."Here’s Why More Scares Are Ahead for the Stock Market, by Ben Levisohn of Barron's:
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Meghan Markle, 37, the Duchess of Sussex, is pregnant and due to give birth next spring, per BBC:
"The Queen and other senior royals were told about the pregnancy on Friday, when members of the Royal Family gathered in Windsor for Princess Eugenie's wedding."