Feb 1, 2018

Axios PM

Situational awareness: Former CIA Director John Brennan has been named a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. His first "Meet the Press With Chuck Todd" appearance will be on Sunday.

1 big thing: The memo's moment

Shot: A senior administration official told reporters today that President Trump will likely tell Congress tomorrow that does not object to releasing the Nunes memo. The official also said he "doubts" there will be any redactions. "It’s in Congress’ hands after that," he said.

Chaser: Inside the Trump administration, sources who've been briefed on the Nunes memo expect it will be underwhelming and not the “slam dunk” document it's been hyped up to be, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.

Bonus: Trump quote of the day
"That was one of the greatest years in the history of politics... I've kept one promise after another and we're just getting started ... Now we've fulfilled far more promises than we promised ... I call it promises plus."
President Trump at the GOP summit in West Virginia
2. What you missed
  1. Airbnb won't go public in 2018, according to a statement from CEO Brian Chesky. More.
  2. 71% of Americans believe Trump should agree to be interviewed by Robert Mueller, according to a new poll. Details.
  3. The White House is considering presenting Trump's Middle East peace plan even if the crisis with the Palestinian Authority continues and Palestinian President Abbas refuses to come to the negotiating table. More.
  4. A new bill passed by Poland's Senate today would make it illegal to refer to concentration camps like Auschwitz, which was in Nazi-occupied Poland, as "Polish death camps." Details.
3. Tech earnings wrap

Tech giants delivered strong Q4 earnings reports, but had a few misses, Axios tech editor Kim Hart notes.

  • Apple reported record quarterly revenue and per-share earnings thanks to the iPhone X, but disappointed on its outlook.
  • Amazon beat estimates for the fourth quarter, which was the first where the company drew a profit of more than $1 billion.
  • Google missed estimates on earnings per share and revenue, but said mobile and desktop search continues to grow. It also announced John Hennessy is its new board chairman, replacing Eric Schmidt.
4. 1 turtle thing

Axios' Erin Ross went to Baltimore to learn about the race to save sea turtles that have been washing up on the shores of Cape Cod.