🏈 Good Thursday morning. The NFL season kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET: Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons (NBC).
Situational awareness ... "Contagion" risk in emerging markets, per Bloomberg: "A herd mentality has taken over, meaning no matter what the relative risks and potential returns are in individual countries, investors ... run the risk of being trampled."
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President Trump is not just seething about Bob Woodward.
He’s deeply suspicious of much of the government he oversees — from the hordes of folks inside agencies, right up to some of the senior-most political appointees and even some handpicked aides inside his own White House, officials tell Jonathan Swan and me.
Why it matters: Several senior White House officials have described their roles to us as saving America and the world from this president.
For some time last year, Trump even carried with him a handwritten list of people suspected to be leakers undermining his agenda.
Officials describe an increasingly conspiracy-minded president:
The Times Op-Ed reinforces everything Trump instinctively believes:
Be smart: "People talk about the loyalists leaving," the source close to Trump tells us. "What it really means is [that there'll be] fewer and fewer people who Trump knows who they really are. So imagine how paranoid you must be if that is your view of the world."
President Trump reacted to the N.Y. Times Op-Ed "with 'volcanic' anger ... and told confidants he suspects the official works on national security issues or in the Justice Department," the WashPost reports:
How it's playing ... N.Y. Times 1 column lead: "TRUMP SEETHES AS A ‘RESISTANCE’ SPILLS INTO VIEW ... TIMES OP-ED FEEDS FURY."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will meet with state attorneys general this month "to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms," Axios' David McCabe reports.
The alarm about competition follows rising Republican allegations of online censorship, which President Trump has started hammering.
A new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll finds significant public distrust of search engines, with two-thirds of Republicans believing results skew left:
P.S. Wall Street Journal p. 1: "Antitrust enforcers are preparing to give the green light to two major deals in the health-care industry, CVS Health’s planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna and Cigna’s planned purchase of Express Scripts."
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey:
"Stroll the Halls, Say Hello" ... Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City will "begin a pilot program at a group of Bronx schools to turn school safety agents into the equivalent of beat cops," the N.Y. Times' Eliza Shapiro writes:
Rachel Harris, a school safety agent at I.S. 219 in the Bronx who is part of a pilot program that asks the agents to walk the hallways, defuse conflicts and wish students good morning before first period:
Reality interlude: "School districts across the country have added new layers of security to their buildings, and the federal government has signaled a willingness to arm teachers in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., massacre."
"Advisers cast a speech Barack Obama will give [tomorrow in Illinois], when he accepts an ethics in government award, as the moment he will re-engage in politics after spending most of his post-presidency on the partisan sidelines," AP's Darlene Superville and Julie Pace write:
"Michelle Obama will headline voter registration rallies in Las Vegas and Miami later this month during a week of action by a new, nonpartisan organization, When We All Vote, which she co-chairs. It encourages voting in November and future elections."
"In a historic verdict, India's Supreme Court ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence in the country," BBC reports:
Guest column by Axios' Danielle Decker Jones in The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot, "A campaign to beat cancer":
NFL stadiums are adding pimento cheese melts and fried ravioli to their concessions this season, AP's Teresa Walker writes:
At Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, "fans can buy Brat in a Blanket: a brat wrapped in melted cheese curds inside a pretzel bun."
Why it matters: "Chefs spend ... months each offseason scheming up tasty new dishes to help lure people away from their couches and big-screen televisions into NFL stadiums and up to concession stands."
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