Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 551 words, a 2 minute read.
President Trump's anti-Iran strategy increasingly looks like it's facing its greatest test, while his White House waits for a new national security adviser.
The big picture: "The assault ... has highlighted what analysts say is a rapidly evolving threat from Iranian-made weapons in the region, marking a potentially alarming shift toward precision strikes on critical infrastructure," the WashPost reports.
Between the lines: The Iranians are attempting to apply pressure on the U.S. and its allies by creeping out of the 2015 nuclear deal and by creating havoc in the region, Axios' Dave Lawler emails.
In the Oval Office today, Trump says it “certainly would look” like Iran was behind the attack. He has said that the U.S. is “locked and loaded,” while insisting the U.S. is insulated from disruptions to the oil supply and he wants to avoid a military conflict with Iran if possible.
The bottom line: As we saw over the weekend, until this dynamic changes, expect more escalation.
Brad Pitt, star of the new space movie “Ad Astra,” speaks from NASA headquarters in D.C. to astronaut Nick Hague aboard the International Space Station.
Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images
No more instant: Picky employees are increasingly driving companies to offer high-end coffee, with demand causing firms to go "a bit more niche and independent," the Financial Times reports.
"Employees .. will make their voices heard if they’re not happy with this coffee," Glassdoor's Jo Cresswell told FT.
The bottom line: For happy employees, dump the instant and get the good stuff.