Hap-PY Friday. Retiring Sen. Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee and member of the Senate Budget Committee, questioning the deficit effects of the party's proposed tax cuts: "I think the greatest threat to our nation is us. The way we handle our finances, we as a nation are the greatest threat to our nation. It's not ISIS. It's not North Korea. It's not ascendant China. It's not Russia. We are the greatest threat." (N.Y. Times)
Situational awareness: "Private equity transactions have hit a post-financial crisis high this year as cheap debt and record sums of ready cash lifted the value of deals to $212bn," per the Financial Times (subscription).
If you're starting to forget what a leader sounds like, we have a refreshing reminder to start your Friday:
Why it matters: This is very much of a piece with the camera-phone video we brought you last month, in which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis tells troops aboard, in impromptu remarks: "Hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other."
Be smart: If you have the privilege of leading, you know what to do.
After Twitter executives briefed staffers of the House and Senate intelligence committees yesterday, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the Senate committee's top Democrat, laid into the social network for a briefing he called "frankly inadequate on almost every level."
Tweet du jour, from CNN's Dylan Byers: "I cannot stress how little Facebook, Twitter have disclosed re Russian-linked accounts, ads vs. what's likely out there. Tip of the tip."
Be smart: Hill sources tell me the intelligence committees are going to insist on opening hearings, probably later this fall, with Facebook and Twitter executives.
"Mainland US cities with large Puerto Rican populations are warning that they will need federal help to cope with an anticipated influx of [fleeing] island residents," per the Financial Times (subscription):
Food, medicine stuck at port ... Wall Street Journal front page: "More than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, truckloads of vital supplies are moving at a crawl, as widespread damage stymies efforts of companies, government agencies and relief groups to restore basic services." (Subscription)
Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton greet spectators yesterday on the first tee, before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.
"Despite President Trump's push for tougher immigration enforcement, U.S. agents are on pace to deport fewer people in the government's 2017 fiscal year than during the same period last year," per the WashPost's Nick Miroff in the print paper's lead story, "Fewer deported under Trump":
Pulling back the camera ... "Even without delivering on his biggest campaign promises, President Donald Trump has begun to reshape American life in ways big and small," Reuters political correspondent John Whitesides writes in "Beyond the daily drama and Twitter battles, Trump begins to alter American life":
"The [NFL players'] issues have been 'overtaken by political forces,' NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said," per AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner:
P.S. "Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry says Colin Kaepernick's omission from a Sports Illustrated cover featuring sports figures linking arms in protest solidarity is 'terrible.' ... SI executive editor Steve Cannella [said the cover] attempted to capture 'new voices' in the debate." See the cover.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), returning to the Capitol for the first time since he was shot 15 weeks ago at a congressional baseball practice, was greeted by a thunderous ovation.
What's new: "The spotlight shifts from Germany to France: A dynamic Emmanuel Macron and a diminished Angela Merkel point to a new order in Europe," per The Economist's lead editorial:
"There's tons of money to be made in Hollywood — just not necessarily by boom operators or key grips," The Hollywood Reporter writes in its "Salary Report 2017":
"With a resurgent Saturday Night Live providing weekly catharsis for a politically obsessed America, Emmy-winning Kate McKinnon has hit a new level of fame," Vanity Fair's Lili Anolik writes in the November cover story:
Quote of the day ... Alec Baldwin: "My thought was that if I did a good impression of Trump it would be dull. So I ran towards this idea that I'm going to do a horrific caricature. When you're doing an impression, you can suggest the voice, or the way the guy looks, but you've really got to think of who he is, and get that right, and I think I did. In terms of the media, I'm Trump now. He's not even Trump anymore — I am."