"More than 20 people were killed and at least 100 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort on the Las Vegas Strip," the L.A. Times reports:
With increasing legal and practical questions about their presence in the West Wing, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are trying to remain viable by shrinking their purview and making more of an effort to "stay in their lane," associates tell us.
Both are formal White House officials, and their presence creates periodic confusion and resentment — for some, a reminder of why nepotism isn't a good idea:
The couple's friends say they expect them to stay for now, although they never planned to stay all four years:
Be smart: As Mueller begins interviewing White House staff and the West Wing becomes increasingly consumed with what he's going to decide, New York may start to look tempting to the couple.
Congress today will receive Facebook ads bought by Russian operatives, Axios' David McCabe reports:
Worthy of your time ... "Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?" — New York mag cover story by Max Read:
Pope Francis poses for a selfie as he arrives to meet youths from Africa at a regional migrant center in Bologna, Italy, yesterday.
The big picture on Puerto Rico, via Defense Department updates:
As of Saturday:
As of yesterday:
The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is scheduled to arrive in San Juan on Wednesday.
"In Puerto Rico, acute shortages plunge the masses into survival struggle," by Reuters' Robin Respaut, and Nick Brown: "[R]esidents scrambled for all the staples of modern society – food, water, fuel, medicine, currency – in a grinding survival struggle that has gripped Puerto Ricans across social classes."
"President Trump undercut his own secretary of state, ... calling his effort to open lines of communication with North Korea a waste of time, ... [leaving] the impression that he was focused mainly on military options," the N.Y. Times' Peter Baker and David E. Sanger write atop column 1:
Be smart: I'm told Tillerson's remarks in Beijing took the White House by surprise, and his comments may have given the impression that the talks are more advanced than they are.
Go deeper: "Trump v. Trump admin on foreign policy," by Axios' David Lawler.
A huge thank you to my Axios readers and colleagues ... Axios is the youngest company on Vanity Fair's "The New Establishment 2017," the magazine's "catalogue of power and influence in the intelligence age."
The list reflects the historic times in Washington:
VF says newcomers include Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson (No. 37); Uber's Dara Khosrowshahi (No. 42); Jordan Peele (No. 59); Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley (No. 67); Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins (No. 74); Uber whistle-blower Susan Fowler (No. 79); Reese Witherspoon (No. 80); Chance the Rapper (No. 87); and the RealReal founder, Julie Wainwright (No. 100).
"How an oil producer wants to make climate change its business" — Axios' Amy Harder in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column:
Beginning with the 2012 assault on a Jewish school, France has endured a seemingly endless series of attacks and near-misses from extremists with the same background, AP's Lori Hinnant reports from Paris:
And down in Spain ... "Catalans Signal They May Declare Independence Within a Week," per Bloomberg: "Catalan separatist leaders signaled they may be moving toward a unilateral declaration of independence as early as this week after hundreds of activists were injured on Sunday as they sought to stop Spanish police from shutting down an illegal referendum."
"Hedge Funds Ain't Dead Yet: With an improved environment for stock picking, the average hedge fund is up an average 5.4% through August," the Wall Street Journal's Rob Copeland writes on A1:
"Profiles: The Storyteller — How Rachel Maddow constructs a narrative," by The New Yorker's legendary Janet Malcolm:
P.S. "At a Moment of Racial Tumult, the Little Rock Nine Inspire an Opera," by N.Y. Times' Michael Cooper in Conway, Ark. ... With cameo by William Jefferson Clinton and great, rich civil rights history.