☕ Good Monday morning. Google's homepage tells us it's Data Privacy Day.
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz tells Axios he's "unfazed" by the online trashing from Democrats who think that by running for president as an independent, he could split the anti-Trump vote and re-elect the president.
Schultz's fellow billionaire, Mike Bloomberg, looked at running as an independent, but will run as a Democrat if he plunges in.
A Schultz adviser tells me his team sees opportunity in "the most moderate population the country's ever had," with so many "disengaged and disenchanted."
Schultz talks of "the level of toxicity, the level of revenge" in national politics. But when I asked about Democrats, he said: "I don't want to get into specific people."
Schultz said it's too early to talk about a running mate.
Schultz plans to travel the country for the next three months. He'll appear on "The View" tomorrow — the publication date of "From the Ground Up," which he calls "part memoir, part blueprint for how to induce positive change."
L.A. Times front-page headline: "Harris springs to head of pack."
If you're 25 or younger and live within a large swath of the Midwest — from Minneapolis to Chicago — this week will feature the coldest temperatures of your life, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman writes.
Wind chills on Wednesday morning in parts of Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota are likely to approach the minus 50s°F to minus 60s°F.
These "before" and "after" satellite images show the destruction from the collapse of a mining company's dam in Brumadinho, Brazil.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
Facebook’s decision to unite the technical guts of its three giant messaging services could not only cement its dominance of instant messaging but also help fend off future break-up attempts by antitrust cops, Axios' Scott Rosenberg and David McCabe report.
"While Mueller has not accused any American of criminally coordinating with Russia, the lies meticulously unspooled by his prosecutors over 20 months have not been mere quibbles," the WashPost points out:
📈 Stat of the weekend ... "Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration," per the N.Y. Times, including "in-person meetings, phone calls, text messages, emails and private messages on Twitter."
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
After an absence of nearly a decade, two big climate and energy policies are emerging in the Washington debate, Amy Harder writes in her column, "Harder Line":
The need for bipartisan support: While America’s political discourse has gotten more partisan in recent years, actual laws passed by Congress have not, according to forthcoming research by James Curry of the University of Utah and Frances Lee of the University of Maryland.
"Twenty years in, the opioid crisis in America has claimed more than 400,000 lives," AP reports in a special package:
AP National Writer Claire Galofaro, who has covered the opioid crisis for years, spent time with families fighting to go on after losing someone to addiction:
Many colleges, "in an effort to sort through a growing number of applications, are quietly tracking prospective students’ online interaction with the schools," The Wall Street Journal's Douglas Belkin writes (subscription):
Why it matters: "Many students have no idea they are being tracked, or to what extent."