Good Saturday morning. Today is Day 366 of the Trump era — the one-year anniversary of President Trump's inauguration. It's worth pausing to remember where you were, and what you thought the months ahead would bring. Nailed it?!
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Today is President Trump's first anniversary in office, but his planned celebration is clouded by the first government shutdown since 2013 — and the first modern shutdown with one party controlling the White House and Congress:
Many experienced Republican operatives believe the party will be clobbered in public opinion, since the GOP controls the whole government.
Our prediction: Regardless of whether Rs or Ds ultimately get blamed more, a shutdown is bad for incumbents, both parties. So top sources in both parties expect the shutdown will be short — solved over the weekend or early next week.
P.S. "Massive confusion spreads through federal bureaucracy ahead of shutdown deadline," per WashPost: The White House is determined to keep the government as functional as possible, but the vast workforce typically scales back when its congressional appropriations expire.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the tech giant will begin to prioritize news that is "trustworthy, informative, and local" from "trusted sources" in its News Feed beginning next week, Axios' Sara Fischer writes:
Key stat: Facebook says the News Feed changes announced last week will reduce news content by 1%, from 5% roughly today to 4%.
P.S. "Twitter ... said it identified 1,062 more accounts tied to a Russian government-backed propaganda outfit, [bringing the total to] 3,814." (Wall Street Journal; subscription)
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"President Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to directly address the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington. He spoke live via satellite from the White House Rose Garden" to the crowd on the National Mall, per USA Today:
Happening this weekend ... "Women will march again with aim to become a political force," per AP:
"GOP memo on surveillance ‘abuse’ targets dossier" — WashPost:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Jim Brulte, the California Republican leader, on daunting races the state’s G.O.P. candidates face in the midterm election:
Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, is one of the possibilities to replace ESPN president John Skipper, who abruptly resigned one month ago, according to CNN's Brian Stelter and Dylan Byers:
"Los Angeles Times Publisher and Chief Executive Ross Levinsohn was placed on an unpaid leave of absence [yesterday] as the paper’s parent company, Tronc, investigates allegations of inappropriate conduct while he was an executive at other companies," the L.A. Times' Meg James writes:
P.S. "Journalists at the Los Angeles Times ... overwhelmingly [248 to 44] elected to form a union, a first for the 136-year-old news organization that for much of its history was known for its opposition to organized labor." (L.A. Times)
"Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes — and save Big Tobacco" — AP Health Writer Matthew Perrone:
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