Good Tuesday morning, and welcome to August. It's Day 194. Tom Brady is 40 on Thursday.
Booting Mooch was the easy part — hardly a fair fight for a four-star general.
Here are five factors that'll help determine how the history books (and imagine how many there'll be!) treat White House Chief of Staff John Kelly:
Be smart: People in the room tell me that Kelly's first test will be when something bad happens and POTUS wants to react, when he'd be better off holding his fire.
And Jonathan Swan adds: Kelly is an almost perfect lab test of whether a Trump White House can be functional. He has all the ingredients to succeed: He's been granted unprecedented authority (for Trump), he's revered by all internally and has no dog in the factional wars in the West Wing. If he fails, we'll know this White House is truly ungovernable.
Keeper quote ... An eternal Trump truth, tweeted post-Mooch by Maggie Haberman: "There are two types of non-family members in Trumpworld. Permanents & instruments. Sometimes instruments mistakenly think they're permanents."
Axios' Jonathan Swan sent me a late-night "Few things" email, based on his conversations today with White House sources and people close to the White House:
Go deeper: Click here for an awesome Axios card deck on "The quickest exits from Trump's administration," by Stef Kight, who today (along with Catherine Sheffo) celebrates her Axios-versary — one year with Team Axios.
WashPost lead editorial: "Twenty-five years after the Cold War ended, relations [with Russia] are back in a deep freeze."
"Putin behaves as though he believes Russia is walking tall. Perhaps in his zero-sum world, he takes satisfaction in the chaos rippling through U.S. politics, but his tactics have backfired badly in both Ukraine and the United States. And Mr. Putin's choices have been costly for Russia, its economy and its people."
P.S. Jerry Seib column in Wall Street Journal, "Turmoil in Washington Masks Global Threats": "[T]here always is the suspicion that a president embattled at home is looking for a distraction abroad. Even if there's a real crisis, there would be charges the White House is pumping it up to divert attention. 'Wag the Dog' suspicions are never far beneath the surface."
From Trump remarks to the pool, at yesterday's Cabinet meeting: "We have some interesting situations that we'll handle: North Korea, Middle East, lots of problems that we inherited from previous administrations. But we'll take care of them. We'll take care of them very well. ...
"We'll handle North Korea. We're going to be able to handle them. It will be handled. We handle everything."
Wall Street Journal op-ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, "Free Trade is a Two-Way Street: China, the EU and other trading partners put up formidable barriers to imports from America" (subscription):
Sen. Jeff Flake, a conservative Republican from Arizona, goes after Trump in a book out today from Random House, "Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle," per this writeup from the Arizona Republic:
N.Y. Times review by Jennifer Senior: "Flake has gone 'Bulworth' on us."
"How to Prepare Preschoolers for an Automated Economy" ... N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Marina Umaschi Bers, a professor of computer science and child development at Tufts University who directs a research group that is working in part on how to prepare children for an increasingly automated economy:
"S&P 500 to exclude Snap after voting rights debate," by Reuters' Trevor Hunnicutt: "The S&P 500 will start excluding companies that issue multiple classes of shares, ... a move that effectively bars Snap after its decision to offer stock with no voting rights."
"USC study finds movies are still dominated by men, on- and off-screen," by L.A. Times' Sonaiya Kelley:
L.A. Times top of front page, "L.A. officials agree to host 2028 Olympics: In a financial arrangement 'too good to pass up,' the city brings the Summer Games back to Southern California for the third time," by David Wharton: "The arrangement ... lets Paris go first with the 2024 Games.""L.A. will [save] billions ... by using existing venues such as Staples Center, Pauley Pavilion and the Coliseum.Trump statement: "For the first time in a generation, the Olympics are coming back to the United States ... And I am proud to support LA 2028."