Situational awareness: Apple has reportedly banned Google from using its internal iOS apps. They gave Facebook the same treatment earlier this week.
1 big thing: The outdoors vs. Trump
President Trump's latest headache comes from outdoor brands increasingly radicalized by climate change and his stewardship of public lands.
Driving the news: Trade groups representing hundreds of outdoor companies announced a new effort this week to push for policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and explore renewable energy, Axios' Sara Fischer notes.
- During the government shutdown, Columbia took out full page ads to urge the government to reopen to aid public parks.
- Just last year, Patagonia said the company would donate $10 million to non-profit groups that work on climate and environment issues.
- The companies also banded together to protest Trump's plan to make big cuts to the size of two national monuments in Utah in 2017.
Why it matters: The big outdoor brands — including REI, Patagonia, Columbia and North Face — have monster social media presences and significant brand loyalty from affluent customers.
- “These national brands have a reach that nonprofit advocates could only dream of, and they have been using that megaphone in a really effective way to remind people of this issue,” Kayje Booker of the Montana Wilderness Association told the AP.
- “[W]hen President Trump was elected, some of the threats to our public lands became more high profile,” Outdoor Industry Association executive director Amy Roberts told the AP.
The big picture: More people in the U.S. want brands to take a stand on societal issues, especially on climate change.
Bonus: Pic du jour
Geese huddle in the water as the sun rises at the harbor in Port Washington, Wisconsin.
2. What you missed
- The polar vortex-related cold snap has already been linked to at least nine deaths. Go deeper.
- The Senate voted to oppose Trump’s move to abruptly withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan. Go deeper.
- U.S. officials captured about 254 pounds of fentanyl at a border port of entry, the agency's largest bust of the drug in history. Go deeper.
- The Trump administration is sending more than 3,000 active-duty military troops to the southern border. Go deeper.
- Bob Swan was named permanent Intel CEO, ending a 7-month search.
3. 1 NFL thing
The U.S. court system won't be stepping in to change that call from the Saints-Rams game, the AP reports.
- "U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan rejected arguments that [Saints fans] were entitled to an order, known as a “writ of mandamus,” forcing the NFL or Goodell to take action."
- Two New Orleans season ticket holders wanted the NFL to be "forced to implement a rule allowing Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate 'extraordinarily unfair acts' that affect the game."
- "Remedies under that rule include rescheduling the game in full, or from the point at which the unfair act occurred."