Happy Lunar New Year — the year of the dog.
Situational awareness ... "Immigration bills fail in Congress, leaving ‘dreamers’ in limbo," per WashPost: "Weeks of intense negotiations for a bipartisan deal on immigration collapsed in Congress [yesterday], leaving hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation."
President Trump didn't mention the word "gun" during his six-minute statement on the Florida high-school shooting. That wasn't an accident.
Trump is uniquely positioned for a "Nixon to China" moment on gun control, Axios' Jonathan Swan writes:
But sources familiar with Trump's thinking tell Swan that, on this issue, the president doesn't want to go to China.
A senior administration official says the administration is setting up meetings with parents from Columbine and Sandy Hook, governors, state attorneys general, law enforcement and more, "and will be doing so continually for the next several weeks."
Between the lines: Trump is very focused on popular culture, and this is a cultural flashpoint. So the urgency of the issue and the 24/7 newscast compels him to do something.
A source close to Trump said: "He takes pride in being not just the law and order president, but the safety and security president."
Even though Trump favored gun control for years before he ran for president, sources close to him think there's no chance he goes there now:
Bottom line: There's no way — especially not in an election year — that Trump is going to alienate the Republican base by backflipping on the Second Amendment. He instinctively knows his voters would never forgive him.
Following indescribable tragedy, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been so poised, so articulate, so mature as they appeared on TV to discuss their feelings.
Go deeper ... Missed warning signs:
Read the editorial in the Rupert Murdoch paper, "Mr. President, it’s time to do something about guns."
"Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity: One woman’s account of clandestine meetings, financial transactions, and legal pacts designed to hide an extramarital affair," by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker:
Washington is still falling behind in helping to address the country's opioid crisis, some lawmakers and policy experts say, Axios' Caitlin Owens writes:
Topping Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work for:
"Peter Thiel, retreating from Silicon Valley's tech scene, is moving to L.A." — L.A. Times:
"From comfort to high-tech: Food a serious quest at Olympics," by AP's Foster Klug:
Thanks for reading. See you all day — and throughout the holiday weekend — in the Axios stream ...