Good Sunday morning.
Situational awareness (and today's least surprising story) ... WashPost's Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick: "U.S. intelligence officials ... have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to conceal the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities."
This weekend's massive flash rallies to protest President Trump's immigration policies — following the global women's marches and the March For Our Lives after the Parkland school shooting — represent a unified, accelerated activism surpassing even what was seen in the late '60s, social movement historians tell me.
The speed and scale of yesterday's pop-up protests is fascinating:
Experts in social movements say that what we're seeing is totally new — befitting, and powered by, our times and our technology.
Peter Dreier — who teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy department at Occidental College in Los Angeles — said the current movements unite the left's strands in a way we haven't seen in nearly a century:
Elaine Weiss, author of "The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote," told me that what's "different about the waves of demonstrations of the past 18 months is their spontaneity — made possible by new technology and mastery of social media."
Be smart, from Weiss: "Our current zeitgeist of frustration and rage is the perfect ecology for these Instagram-ready demonstrations."
P.S. Asked for comment on yesterday's demonstrations, Department of Homeland Security press secretary Tyler Houlton said:
"The turmoil on the left mirrors that of Republicans in the first two years of Mr. Obama’s administration, when Democrats controlled all the levers of government and left the Tea Party-inflected Republican Party to thrash around in impotent protest, raging with an energy that eventually propelled it back to power," the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns write:
Be smart: "What worries some Democratic elders ... is that activists will harbor unrealistic expectations of what sort of policies newly elected progressive lawmakers can push through in a still-divided capital."
P.S. ... N.Y. Times: "A page featuring results from New York's primary elections was the week's most popular article. More than half of readers checked results from their phones, and over 40 percent found the article via search engine."
Jeffrey Toobin in the forthcoming issue of The New Yorker, "How Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Undo [Justice Anthony] Kennedy’s Legacy ... What rulings would a brazen conservative majority produce?"
"It’s all the more important, then, to articulate in plain English what, if such a nominee is confirmed, a new majority will do":
Be smart: "In many respects, the most important right-wing agenda item for the judiciary is the undermining of the regulatory state."
Another view ... Adam J. White, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, for The Weekly Standard:
Sunday best ... Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), to ABC's Martha Raddatz on "This Week," about her conversation with President Trump:
"Since his inauguration, the president has tweeted about Fox News or Fox Business more than 220 times," Michael Grynbaum writes in a N.Y. Times front-pager, "Fox and Trump: It’s a Friendship Without Equal."
Backstory: "In 2011, Fox News announced that [Trump] would appear weekly on 'Fox & Friends' ... [A]t a meeting with senior producers, ... [Roger Ailes] said Mr. Trump appealed to Fox News viewers because he lived his life in a manner that many of them imagined they would, too — if they were rich."
"The Seattle region is home to America's two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city," AP's Sally Ho writes:
"Gates has largely escaped the criticism directed at Bezos and other tech leaders as Seattle loudly debates how to respond to the advantages and downsides of being the United States' fastest-growing big city":
Steal some time with Bloomberg Businessweek's "Heist Issue":
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