Good Tuesday morning. Situational awareness: "An emerging theory among U.S. military investigators is that the Army Special Forces soldiers ambushed in Niger were set up by terrorists, who were tipped off in advance about a meeting in a village sympathetic to local ISIS affiliates," per NBC News.
Forget politics. The culture wars are raging in corporate America, and many CEOs and businesses are grossly unprepared:
The problem: Most big companies are run by straight, white men who are unaccustomed to navigating a fast-changing America.
Why it matters: In the social-media age, corporate reputation and corporate image matter as much (sometimes more) than the delivery of your product or service.
Be smart ... Axios CEO Jim VandeHei had vital survival advice for every organization in his post on our secret sauce and corporate culture, "The Axios Way: How you do it":
Sunday is the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy landfall ... "[D]isaster planning experts say there is no place in America truly prepared for climate change and the tempests it could bring," AP's Frank Eltman and Wayne Parry write in the lead story of an anniversary package:
New warning for NYC ... "Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new scientific study," AP's Frank Eltman writes:
"China's ruling Communist Party has voted to enshrine Xi Jinping's name and ideology in its constitution, elevating him to the level of founder Mao Zedong," BBC reports from Beijing:
Why it matters: "This move means that any challenge to Mr Xi will now be seen as a threat to Communist Party rule."
Go deeper ... As part of Axios' Expert Voices, Deborah Lehr — Vice Chairman of the Paulson Institute, and senior adviser to the Chairman on U.S.-China relations — unpacks "What's next for Xi's China."
The Maine State House in Augusta is surrounded by fall foliage yesterday as lawmakers returned for a special session.
"[H]ow Silicon Valley became the world's trend capital ... If you want to get rich and famous fast, in anything from food to fashion, San Francisco is the place to be," by The Guardian's Jess Cartner-Morley:
Why it matters ... Bebe Chueh, co-founder of the law firm Atrium, which specializes in helping startups: "It's not like this place is full of beautiful people, ... but you can accelerate your career here. You don't need to wade for years through a company structure. You can make it all happen when you are 22."
"The government has stalled on regulating the digital ecosystem for years, in part because there's no agency that was ever set up to manage the internet, the way the FCC manages radio and TV," Axios' Sara Fischer writes in the lead of her weekly Media Trends newsletter (one-click free sign-up):
Be smart: "Democrats know it will be difficult to get Republicans on board with any legislation that touches ad disclosures or even digital regulation, which is why the narrative from top Democrats has focused on national security, an issue that's less likely to receive pushback from Republicans."
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders — at a town hall last night with White House Correspondents' Association board members and George Washington University's Frank Sesno — promised that the White House is going try to offer more information on the record:
"Cutting Taxes Is Hard. Trump Is Making It Harder," by N.Y. Times' Jim Tankersley writes in a story that leads the paper under the pointed headline, "TRUMP DIRECTIVE ON TAX OVERHAUL CONFOUNDS G.O.P.":
Ivanka Trump to Fox News' Sean Hannity, on a day when she held an hour-long town hall at a senior center outside Philly:
First pitch of the best-of-seven World Series, Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, is tonight at 8:09 ET on Fox ... "Late show: MLB postseason games stretch to record length," by AP's Ronald Blum:
Putting steam on it ... "There's a chance [tonight] will be the hottest World Series game on record ... with a forecast between 95 and 97 degrees at first pitch" in L.A.'s Chavez Ravine.
If you love baseball, you gotta click this ... "Baseball's greatest teams: one for each franchise": 1906 Cubs, 1912 Red Sox, 1917 White Sox, 1927 Yankees, 1955 Dodgers, 1986 Mets, 1998 Astros, 2011 Phillies, etc.
New York's "Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board took its first step ... to retire the MetroCard and bring technology to let people 'tap' their way through turnstiles and onto buses, like the transit system in London," per the Daily News.