❄️ Good Wednesday morning. Bulletin ... Early this morning, the Austin bombing suspect killed himself with an explosive device as police closed in, per Austin American-Statesman. Details at #4.
Situational awareness: Teachers in Oklahoma may walk next, per N.Y. Times.
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One of the most startling leaks — and stunning revelations — of this whole administration has left President Trump and his senior staff furious and rattled.
Axios' Jonathan Swan reports that the speed and sensitivity of the leak prompted immediate finger-pointing within the administration, as aides reeled from a leak that could only have come from a small group of people, each of whom is trusted with sensitive national secrets.
A White House official, furious about the WaPo story, told Swan: “This is the way Trump is. If he’s doing business with you or working with you in some way, he’s going to congratulate you."
Trump had nonchalantly disclosed his message to Putin, while speaking to reporters during an Oval Office appearance with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Why it matters, from the WashPost: "The president’s conversation with Putin ... prompted fresh criticism of his muted tone toward one of the United States’ biggest geopolitical rivals amid the special counsel investigation."
Axios is told that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to speak out in the next 24 hours on the data-harvesting revelations that have hammered his stock price, inflamed lawmakers in D.C. and Europe, and trapped his social network in a crisis of trust.
We're told that Zuckerberg's remarks will be aimed at rebuilding trust, and that he wanted to say something meaningful rather than just rushing out.
Be smart: A problem with that argument is that Facebook has long known about these vulnerabilities. And the commercial use of your personal data, in ways you may not knowingly approve, has always been part of the business model.
Wall Street Journal front page, "Facebook’s Lax Data Policies Led to Cambridge Analytica Crisis ... Social-media giant’s loose policing of app developers went on for years" (subscription):
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Not so long ago, social media companies were the poster children of the internet’s power to connect, Axios managing editor Kim Hart writes:
The tech industry is splintering in the wake of the controversies surrounding social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube:
What's changed: For years, the tech industry has more or less traveled in a pack in Washington, joining forces to both push for and fight against specific policies. But as new skepticism — and new threats of regulation — come down on a few big names, their Bay Area brethren don't want to be painted with the same broad "Big Tech" brush.
The big trend, even beyond tech: Companies of all stripes are trying to explain more clearly what they do, why they're different, and how they benefit society.
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A new U.S. citizen waves an American flag while departing a naturalization ceremony yesterday in Los Angeles.
Police in Austin respond yesterday after a Goodwill employee was injured by a military device in a donation box. The artillery simulator turned out to be unrelated to the serial bombings, but stirred anxiety. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)
"A man whom authorities were attempting to arrest early [today] in a string of bombing attacks in Austin killed himself with an explosive device as authorities closed in," per the Austin American-Statesman:
"President Trump faced new legal and political jeopardy ... as a former Playboy Playmate and alleged paramour [Karen McDougal] sued to break a confidentiality agreement and a judge rejected his move to quash a lawsuit stemming from a charge of sexual assault," the L.A. Times' Mark Z. Barabak and Michael Finnegan report on A1:
"Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick ... is joining a startup called City Storage Systems that focuses on repurposing distressed real estate assets like parking lots or abandoned strip malls and turning them into spaces suited for new industries, such as food delivery or online retail," Recode reports:
"It’s not just the Cambridge Analytica debacle. Ethics don’t scale," Paul Ford writes in Bloomberg Businessweek's cover story:
"The once-fledgling food truck industry reached a record $2.7 billion in forecasted revenue in 2017 and has seen an annual growth rate of 7.9 percent," according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation report out today.
5 friendliest food truck cities:
5 most challenging food truck cities:
... "a Power From Wall St. to Washington," per N.Y. Times' Robert D. Hershey Jr. (one of the great bylines of my youth):
Sports Illustrated's 2018 MLB Preview issue hits newsstands tomorrow, with this World Series prediction: Washington Nationals over the Yankees!
The issue features two regional covers:
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