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It drives the media, Democrats and more than half of America mad, but President Trump's unorthodox, jam-your-opponent style can be effective. Consider:
The White House says it's as simple as Trump sticking to, and delivering, what he promised — defying low expectations amid chaos and distractions.
A veteran Democratic presidential adviser said that the Trump formula is taking a clear position and driving toward it — making sure everyone knows where he stands, and only focusing on one or two policy goals at a time.
After his surprise NAFTA win, Trump was sunny at the White House yesterday, and preened at a rally in Tennessee last night about his dominance in news coverage:
With midterms 35 days away, there’s some evidence that Trump's recent campaign to make this election about his favorite topic — him — plus the court fight has Rs more energized than at any point this year.
Former Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz plans to travel the country beginning early next year, including stops in states that could help in a possible Democratic presidential run.
This isn't the coffee story:
Be smart: In a message that sounds much like a national platform, Schultz will emphasize opportunity for younger Americans.
The buzz: Democrats doubt there's room in the party's presidential race for two corporate celebrities to the right of Bernie.
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Barring a huge shift in the next five weeks, the blue wave looks likely to be more than enough to wipe out the Republican majority in the House — and Democrats are increasingly optimistic about the Senate, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes:
The exception to those data points is the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight, which Republicans are using to target red-state Senate Democrats.
Shot: The NRCC cancelled $1.2 million in ad spending that would have backed Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), facing a difficult re-election in a suburban Kansas City district that Hillary Clinton won. (AP)
These satellite images show the Petobo neighborhood of Palu, Indonesia, on Aug. 17 — before an earthquake and tsunami devastated the area — and yesterday.
"Stock investors are welcoming money-losing companies into the public markets this year with open arms," The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch and Maureen Farrell report (subscription):
Why it matters: "Some analysts ... see similarities with the dot-com bubble of nearly two decades ago that left many investors with enormous losses."
Facebook, third-party apps and regulators are scrambling to understand a breach that gave hackers access to 50 million accounts — a week after it was first discovered and four days after it was revealed, Axios' David McCabe reports.
Multiple Congressional committees want answers about the breach, with both the House and Senate commerce committees seeking staff briefings from Facebook.
"In a three-month test, GM used in-car Wi-Fi to track the habits of some of [volunteer] drivers in hopes of seeing whether there is a relationship between what drivers listen to and what they buy," writes Jamie LaReau of the Detroit Free Press:
"One commuter ... listened to a country and western channel often and stopped at a Tim Horton's restaurant. GM wondered whether that driver might be influenced to stop at a McDonald's instead if advertisers pitched, say, a new coffee drink there, on that same radio channel."
It may be too late to stop Alzheimer's in people who already have some mental decline. But what if a treatment could target the very earliest brain changes while memory and thinking skills are still intact?
Two big studies are going all out to try, AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione reports:
Why it matters: "Science so far has failed to find a drug that can alter the progression of Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia; 146 attempts have failed over the last decade."
President Trump on Brett Kavanaugh, at a Rose Garden celebration of the NAFTA deal:
I was surprised at how vocal he was about the fact that he likes beer. And he's had a little bit of difficulty. ... I mean, there are bad reports on everybody ... Except for Mike Pence, by the way. (Laughter.) And if we find one on him, ... that will be the greatest shock of all time. (Laughter.) ...
I'm not a drinker. I can honestly say I never had a beer in my life. OK. ... It's one of my only good traits. (Laughter.) ... Can you imagine if I had, what a mess I'd be? (Laughter.) ... I'd be the world's worst.
Doocy reveals that Sanders uses a hammer to crush the pecans:
She uses good bourbon and a store-bought pie crust, because sometimes life is too short to make crust from scratch. Her final touch? She uses a hammer — not kidding, a real hammer — to crush the pecans in a zip-top bag. "Less mess than a food processor, and a great stress reliever!"
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