May 16, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: A major rift has opened up between Trump's hardline trade adviser, Peter Navarro, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.

1 big thing: Apple joins Amazon's Beltway flirtation

llustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Apple has been checking out Northern Virginia as a potential site for 20,000 jobs, the Washington Post's Jonathan O'Connell reports today.

  • Remember, the D.C. area is still under consideration as a finalist for Amazon HQ2 and the prospect of 50,000 jobs.

Why it matters: The potential is growing for 70,000 tech workers to flood into the proximity of a federal government that is increasingly skeptical of Big Tech.

Details via O'Connell:

  • Apple "representatives said the company was seeking 4 million square feet of office space to accommodate 20,000 jobs..."
  • "That amount of space is nearly two-thirds the size of the Pentagon and about half what Amazon is seeking for its second headquarters..."
  • "There are also some connections to the company that could help Northern Virginia’s chances. [One site] ... is owned by a partnership managed by Mark Masinter, a Dallas retail expert whom Steve Jobs hired in 2000 to help Apple open its first stores."

Be smart: "In addition to being a major tech hub with roots in the early days of the Internet (hello, AOL), Northern Virginia is the country's data center capital. In fact, 70% of the world's internet traffic flows through Loudoun County..." [Axios]

Go deeper: The pros and cons D.C. presents to Amazon

2. What you missed

Singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing on 'Protecting and Promoting Music Creation for the 21st Century'. Photo: Leigh Vogel/WireImage

  1. The Senate Judiciary Committee released interview transcripts from Donald Trump Jr.'s testimony about a controversial meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016. Go deeper.
  2. Trump's latest ethics disclosure shows that he paid more than $100,000 to his personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, as reimbursement for payment to a third-party. More.
  3. Michigan State has reached a $500 million settlement with victims of Larry Nassar, the former sports doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State who is serving decades in prison. Details.
  4. Trump responded today to North Korea's threat to cancel next month's summit with Kim Jong-un, stating that "we'll have to see what happens." Go deeper.
  5. Mark Zuckerberg will meet with EU parliamentary leaders to answer questions about the Cambridge Analytica privacy controversy.
  6. The new Fox: Lachlan Murdoch will serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the new “Fox."  More.
3. 1 fun thing

Studies have long linked optimism and the attainment of life goals, but a new paper says hopeful people also live longer, Axios' Steve LeVine notes.

Quick take: A paper by Brookings' Kelsey O'Connor and Carol Graham tracked heads of household starting in 1968.

  • In 2015, 74.8% of the pessimistic people were dead, compared with 68.9% of those who were optimistic.

Think happy thoughts and dive in.

Mike Allen