You're invited ... Kasie Hunt, NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent and host of MSNBC's "Kasie D.C.," will join me tomorrow (Thursday) at 8 a.m. for a fast-paced Axios event in downtown D.C.: "Party wars! Is progress still possible?" My other guests will be Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.); Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), co-chair of the Future Caucus, aimed at millennials; Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus; and Axios Media Trends expert Sara Fischer.
RSVP here — look forward to having breakfast with you.
So much media coverage centers on four Republican Trump critics — one retired, two retiring and one facing a deadly, possibly career- or life-ending cancer: George W. Bush, Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (Ariz.).
Lost in this: President Trump enjoys public support (despite private gripes) from most of the 49 other Senate Republicans and 239 House Republicans, including every person in elected leadership.
Sound smart: For all the warnings of how harshly history will judge the Trump enablers, that history will need to be told in an exceptionally long book — because the vast majority of Republicans are forever marked as Trump Republicans.
Despite the current Trump strength described above, some Republicans fear his inexplicable fights with GOP senators could have downstream consequences he doesn't seem to be considering:
Why it matters ... Republican strategist Alex Conant emails: "To be successful, Trump needs a united Republican Party. A divided party loses elections."
"The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump's connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin," the WashPost's Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett and Roz Helderman scoop:
Brian Fallon, former Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman, tweets: "I have no idea what Fusion or Steele were paid but if even a shred of that dossier ends up helping Mueller, it will prove money well spent."
"The response to sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein has spread to statehouses nationwide, with hundreds of lawmakers, lobbyists and consultants coming forward to say the problem is pervasive in the halls of political power," AP's Sophia Tareen reports from Chicago:
"Banks, credit card issuers and other financial companies will be able to block customers from banding together to sue over disputes, after the U.S. Senate ... narrowly killed a rule banning the firms from using 'forced arbitration' clauses," per Reuters:
China revealed its Politburo Standing Committee, China's most powerful body, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping.
President Trump said in a statement Saturday: "With the liberation of ISIS's capital and the vast majority of its territory, the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight."
Laura Ingraham — who next week "will take over one of the most coveted slots on cable television," 10 p.m. on Fox News — tells the N.Y. Times' Michael Grynbaum when asked if she's bringing a Breitbart audience with her: "I wouldn't call it a Breitbart audience. I would call it America."
Brian Williams, anchor of MSNBC's 11 p.m. "The 11th hour," tells Emily Jane Fox of Vanity Fair's The Hive: "I tend to over-introduce my guests ... It is one of my things. ... I will never introduce someone only as an analyst. It's diminishing. I try to love on them."
Diplomatic dumps ... "[A]n only-in-D.C. phenomenon, where diplomatic protocol allows a string of abandoned buildings to fester, untouchable and tax-free," AP's Ashraf Khalil writes: