Good Monday morning. Situational awareness ... Bet we'll see more of this: "In the wake of new allegations ... of a pervasive' culture of sexual harassment, the leader of California's Senate said ... all abuse complaints will now be handled by independent investigators" rather than the Rules Committee, per L.A. Times.
Women make up half the country and more than half of voters, and Republicans suddenly have an even worse problem than the historic gender gap between the parties:
The big problem: Trump won narrowly, and his unprecedented coalition included many suburban and exurban women who couldn't stomach Hillary Clinton. If those voters were to tip dramatically to Democrats in 2020, Republicans would suddenly have a massive math problem.
Go deeper: "Gender gap worsens in the U.S. & globally," by Axios' Stef Kight.
"Deep Security Breach Cripples N.S.A.," says the stark headline atop today's N.Y. Times front page. "Mysterious Group Steals Powerful Hacking Weapons, Putting World in Danger ... A serial leak of the agency's cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide."
The hackers, calling themselves the Shadow Brokers, are a "mysterious group that ... somehow obtained many of the hacking tools the United States used to spy on other countries":
P.S. Wall Street Journal front page: "Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S. ... Company 42%-owned by the Chinese government [Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology] sold devices that monitor U.S. Army base, Memphis streets, sparking concerns about cybersecurity." (Subscription)
"Trump repeatedly praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, pointedly calling him by his first name, sharing a joke about the media," AP reports from Manila, the Phillippines:
Trump is showing he "can be played" by Vladimir Putin when he doesn't acknowledge Russian interference in the election, John Brennan, CIA director under Obama, told Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union." (Bloomberg)
This raft is made of plastic containers. Rohingya Muslims crossed the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh yesterday.
Working on behalf of local and state law enforcement, the feds last year traced more than 211,000 guns back to their original point of purchase.
"The Tech Industry's Gender-Discrimination Problem: The dramatic imbalance in pay and power has created the conditions for abuse. More and more, women are pushing for change," by The New Yorker's Sheelah Kolhatkar (The Tech Issue):
The key sentence: "According to women I spoke with in Silicon Valley, more allegations have yet to emerge."
In the new issue of New York magazine, Frank Rich cautions liberals about getting too ecstatic over last week's election. As we've been telling you, this is Trump's GOP ...
Axios' Amy Harder reports from international climate talks in Bonn, Germany, on "Trump's conflicting climate agenda":
"How a Trove of Nazi Art Wound Up Under Lock and Key on an Army Base [Fort Belvoir] in Virginia: The 70-year odyssey of a collection that few want and even fewer get to see," by Washingtonian's Andrew Beaujon:
At the end of World War II, Allied soldiers seized it from the Eagle's Nest, the Führer's Austrian mountaintop redoubt. It was more than a simple piece of war booty. Seventy-two years after V-E Day, the Army still owns the statue as well as hundreds of other pieces of German propaganda and wartime art ... The collection includes four watercolor paintings by Hitler himself. They're under lock and key in a flat file inside a vault.
"Grand dame of dish" ... Liz Smith — occasional lunch companion of President Trump, one of her most valuable sources — "won her own A-list status with her witty chronicling of the glitterati," the N.Y. Post reports. She died of natural causes yesterday at 94.
ESPN launches SportsCenter on Snapchat, per Axios' Sara Fischer:
Several college football players popped the question on-field Saturday, AP Sports Writer Anne Peterson reports: