1 big thing: Trump and Tillerson
Cabinet-level intrigue dominated the day after NBC News reported this morning that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Trump a "moron" this summer, adding VP Mike Pence talked Tillerson out of resigning.
- MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle dialed it up on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, saying it was "f***ing moron."
- Tillerson in a televised statement: "The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as Secretary of State because I have never considered leaving this post."
- State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tillerson did not call Trump a moron: "The secretary does not use that kind of language..."
- Trump turned it on NBC: "The @NBCNews story has just been totally refuted by Sec. Tillerson and @VPPence. It is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!"
- Trump added: "[I have] total confidence in Rex."
2. What you missed
- Following private equity's gun money: Axios' Dan Primack on the private equity firms that invest in guns. Details.
- Facebook and Twitter will testify in Russian election meddling probe: They'll be on the Hill in November.
- Google's new goods: Axios' Ina Fried on their latest parade of new hardware products. See it all.
- Americans don't fear robots: Nearly two-thirds of Americans expect humans to struggle finding work in a future of robots — all humans except themselves, that is. Read up.
- The EU handed Amazon a big one: The tech giant will owe $294 million in back taxes. The story.
First look: Three personnel moves
- Former Secretary of State John Kerry is joining Bank of America's Global Advisory Council as chairman.
- Retired Gen. John Allen will become the 8th president of the Brookings Institution. He will succeed Strobe Talbott, who will step down in November.
- ⚡️: The American Bankers Association has hired Rob Engstrom, currently at the Chamber of Commerce. He'll be the ABA's chief political strategist in addition to providing guidance to the Chamber.
1 big chart
Go deeper: Axios' Christopher Matthews on how, so far, the numbers are going against Trump.