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
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
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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.