Feb 13, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: Chipotle has named Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol as its next chief executive, per the WSJ.

1 big thing: John Kelly faces new heat

FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicted the White House today on the Rob Porter background check, telling the Senate that the bureau's probe was completed in July and closed in January.

Why it matters: The White House said last week that Porter's background check was still "ongoing" when he resigned. This is a damaging timeline for the White House, which still can't get its story straight on the Porter exit amid multiple allegations of domestic violence.

The simple question: Who knew what, and when, about the Porter story before the Daily Mail story came out?

What we're hearing:

"Wray’s FBI timeline makes one thing clear: the Kelly coverup is unraveling right before our eyes."
— White House official to Axios' Jonathan Swan

Another White House official to Swan: "It's deeply upsetting for a lot of people. If we can't get it right on domestic abuse — what can we get it right on? You know?”

P.S.: "Porter was being considered for a promotion, perhaps to deputy chief of staff, before he resigned last week..." [CNN]

2. What you missed

Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

  1. The Dow's stable day: The DJIA closed up 39 points, a third straight day of gains after last week's correction.
  2. Israeli police have recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. More.
  3. Ahmed Khan Rahimi, convicted of planting bombs in New York City and New Jersey in 2016 after allegedly being inspired by ISIS and al Quaeda, was sentence to life in prison today. Background.
  4. Sen. Tom Cotton is "deeply concerned" about tech companies beholden to China selling their products in the U.S. Roundup.
  5. Susan Rice letter could be next House Intel memo: Republicans are taking aim at former National Security Advisor Susan Rice over an email she sent herself during her last day in office. Details.
3. 1 fun thing

"What’s next for Uno? Dos, of course," the AP reports.

  • "Dos has similar rules as Uno, except players make two piles of cards and can throw down two cards at a time instead of one."
  • "Uno sales were up 12 percent in 2017 from the year before."
  • Mattel... has also been chasing trends, releasing Uno cards with emojis, baby animals or unicorns."
  • "An Uno smartphone app is in the works for the spring, and Mattel already has launched a way to play the card game through Facebook Messenger."
Mike Allen