Good morning, Day 99! A save-that-tape moment during a Reuters interview with President Trump reminds us: For all the century's worth of news we have had under President Trump, there has yet to be a massive, transcendent crisis — foreign or domestic — to test him, his team and this divided nation.
Trump told Reuters' Stephen Adler, Steve Holland and Jeff Mason: "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely."
That pairs nicely with this priceless lead of an interview with Trump in tomorrow's Financial Times Magazine, by Washington bureau chief Demetri Sevastopulo:
"Sitting across from Donald Trump in the Oval Office, my eyes are drawn to a little red button on a box that sits on his desk. 'This isn't the nuclear button, is it?' I joke, pointing. 'No, no, everyone thinks it is,' Trump says ... before leaning over and pressing it to order some Cokes. 'Everyone does get a little nervous when I press that button.'"
Big theme ... USA Today lead story, "One thing is certain: United we're not," by Rick Hampson: "The USA TODAY Network spent time with people around the nation and across the political spectrum ... Although they agreed on little, there's virtual unanimity that political division has worsened since the president took office. ... Some people would like to see America made whole again."
CEO President ... "Trump finds that CEO-as-president isn't always a natural fit," by AP Economics Writer Josh Boak: "Asked to assess his tenure so far, management experts point to a stream of missteps that run counter to the clarity, discipline and consistency of message typical of the best executives. Blustery speeches have given way to fuzzy policies that have weakened the president's negotiating hand on such complex challenges as revamping taxes and health insurance.
Clicker ... "(Almost) 100 Days of Page One Headlines ... [How] the print front page of The New York Times that covered the first 100 days of President Trump's administration, as well as a look at what former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were going through at the same point in their first terms."
Carolina Hurley, White House director of regional media, tweets this pic: "@PressSec briefing children on Bring Your Kids To Work Day ... Kids asking the tough questions - specific terms of NAFTA renegotiation and @POTUS' favorite color."
CNN's Brian Stelter labeled it "Caption contest!" in his Reliable Sources newsletter.
Despite authentic hopes at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue that the House would jam a health-care vote in before Day 100, leaders admitted last night that it's not happening.
A House Republican leadership aide emails: "It's tracking positive but never was there commitment or even expectation to vote this week. Always whenever we had the votes we would vote."
Axios' David Lawler posts this trifecta:
Steve Rosenthal, a business tax expert and senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, in James Stewart's column on the N.Y. Times Business front:
"Mr. Trump's plan basically is tax cuts for everyone. Real reform, with revenue neutrality, is difficult. There are winners and losers, but Trump apparently just wants winners."
The narrative ... N.Y. Times, top of column 5: "Trump's Plan Shifts Trillions To Wealthiest: Despite Lack of Details, Impact Is Clear."
Bloomberg's Nick Wadhams has details on how SecState Rex Tillerson plans to implement President Trump's order to reverse the expansion of the State Department under Obama:
FYI ... "Alex Acosta [the son of Cuban immigrants] has been confirmed as ... labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet ... 60-38 vote by the Senate." (AP)
Former President Obama — a day after news that he'll be paid $400,000 to speak at a September health-care conference run by the Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald — was paid the same amount for a "History Makers" luncheon speech at the A&E Networks advertising upfront yesterday in New York, per the N.Y. Post's Claire Atkinson:
Michelle Obama made her paid-speaking debut yesterday in Orlando at American Institute of Architecture's annual conference, the WashPost's Krissah Thompson writes in the Style section lead, "For Obamas, paid-speaking circuit can pose risks to their brand":
For the past 20 years, Cisco Chairman John Chambers and Kleiner Perkins Chairman John Doerr have been bringing tech execs to Washington to meet with government officials about the issues Silicon Valley cares about, like corporate tax reform, high-skilled immigration and science education.
Axios Tech Editor Kim Hart writes that despite the tech industry's overall skeptical view of Trump, the two longtime Silicon Valley leaders see positive momentum for driving pro-business policies that will spur startup investment and, most of all, jobs.
Chambers: "We realize we have to change — I think Republicans and Democrats know it. And we've finally got somebody who's going to be bold and go for it. ... We've been through three presidencies in the past 20 years trying to get corporate tax rate changes. At least we're starting to move. The scary part is our counterparts around the world are moving much faster."
"Qualified executives usually believe they can handle a difficult leader" ... A Wall Street Journal front-pager goes inside San Francisco's highest-profile COO hunt, "Uber Seeks Seasoned No. 2 to Mind Its CEO," by Greg Bensinger, Betsy Morris and Georgia Wells:
MSNBC will announce today that NBC News political analyst Nicolle Wallace will expand her role to host a new program that will air weekdays from 4 to 5 p.m. ET. The New York City-based program will premiere in May.
From the forthcoming release: "Wallace, a [novelist and] former White House Communications Director, will tackle the latest political developments and conduct interviews with leading newsmakers. MSNBC host and political correspondent Steve Kornacki will continue his presence in the hour, providing in-depth discussion and analysis."
A new food fad harkens back to Hawaiian traditions of eating, farming and fishing according to the lunar cycles, per Bloomberg's Brandon Presser:
[C]enturies-old civilizations recognized ... that the human body and our behavior operate on roughly monthly loops like the menstrual cycle. ... [T]he primary goal of mindful consumption is truer connection to our planet and thus a heightened sense of well being—both emotionally and physically. It's a lifestyle. ...
A look at the hundreds of images tagged #moonphaseproject on Instagram will reveal the neonatal stages of the food fad throughout [Hawaii]. ... [M]oon eating affects not only how vendors serve fresh fare, but also how they grow it, when they procure it, and how they harvest it ..
By starting and ending the cycle on the eve of the full moon, the produce is noticeably more plump and much more delicious and vitamin-rich when harvested in the correct season (breadfruit during April's lunar month, mango throughout the summer).