Good Thursday morning. Situational awareness ... "White House waivers on sending Trump to DMZ," per WashPost: Ahead of Trump's 12-day swing through five Asian nations next month to bolster pressure on Pyongyang, "the administration is divided over whether he should [visit] ... the heavily guarded demilitarized zone that has separated the North and South [Korea] for 64 years ... [S]ome aides worry a visit could further inflame ... tensions on the Korean Peninsula, while others have expressed concern over Trump's personal safety."
Sen. John McCain knows his time in the public eye is short, so his big statements in recent weeks are especially resonant.
Today, McCain will join with two Democrats — Sens. Mark Warner (Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) — to give bipartisan imprimatur to the first of the "Facebook bills," responding to last year's election interference.
Axios has a sneak peek at provisions of the Honest Ads Act, which would increase disclosure requirements for online political ads like the ones Russians surreptitiously bought, putting the rules on par with those for radio and TV ads:
Why it matters: This is the first in a wave of legislative and regulatory proposals we can expect in response to the disclosures that Russian agents used tech platforms to meddle in the 2016 election.
P.S. Bite of the day ... Former Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris, who now runs a San Diego-area V.C. firm called Section 32, said yesterday during a Wall Street Journal tech conference: "It wouldn't surprise me if the sun is setting on the golden age of Silicon Valley."
An NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll out this morning finds 72% of Americans are concerned that the U.S. will be fighting a major war in the next four years, with the majority of respondents saying North Korea poses the greatest threat, Axios' Erica Pandey reports:
Be smart: Polls show a stunning (and increasing) majority of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, despite this age of innovation. Fear of war is clearly a huge component of that, and could help shape the political battlegrounds of 2018 and 2020.
Relatives of nine of the 43 military members who have died during Trump's presidency (21%) tell AP that they haven't heard from him:
On Sunday, in her second "60 Minutes" story, Oprah Winfrey visits California's Pelican Bay Prison, and the infamous Security Housing Unit that once earned the supermax prison the nickname "Skeleton Bay."
"Everyone's Mad at Google and Sundar Pichai Has to Fix It: The CEO is increasingly boxed in by regulators, tech critics on both the right and the left, and even his own employees," Mark Bergen and Brad Stone write on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek:
P.S. Milestone in AI ... "A self-taught [Google] computer has become the world's best player of Go, the fiendishly complex board game, without any input from human experts, ... DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence subsidiary in London, announced." (Financial Times)
"Oct. 19, 1987... The biggest single-day stock market collapse in history — a 23 percent drop — rendered once-trusted ideas useless and redefined the financial landscape for market professionals," Bloomberg recalls.
Groundhog Day: Dow Races Through 23,000 ... The Dow Jones passed another record yesterday, but the markets are flashing red lights at a correction is coming, per a Wall Street Journal front-pager:
"John Flannery, the leader of General Electric Co.for just 2½ months, has already begun dismantling the legacy of his predecessor [Jeff Immelt], including the planes," the Wall Street Journal reports on A1:
"Careful cursive ... Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way," by AP's Jesse Holland:
P.S. Obama returns to political travel:
How to get millennials to move back home ... "'Boomerang' workers are reviving Rust Belt job growth," per Axios tech editor Kim Hart:
See an "Axios Sourced" video: Kim Hart discusses boomerang talent.
"Trump has selected Joseph Simons, an antitrust attorney from a Washington law firm, to head the Federal Trade Commission," which enforces antitrust laws, Reuters reports:
Trump also nominating two new commissioners ...
"Social media helping college teams start new traditions ... In a sport that loves its history, tech makes it easier for programs to start ... game-day traditions," by AP's Steve Megargee: