1 big thing: Trump's most dangerous man
Steve Bannon made one conspicuous slip up in his closed-door hearing on Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports, citing four sources with direct knowledge of the confidential proceedings.
- The big thing: Bannon admitted that he'd had conversations with Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer and legal spokesman Mark Corallo about Don Junior's infamous meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower in June 2016.
- Why it matters: The meeting — and the subsequent drafting of a misleading statement on Air Force One — has become one of the most important focal points of the Russia investigations, both on Capitol Hill and within Robert Mueller's team, because it provides the closest thing that exists to evidence that the Trump campaign was willing to entertain collusion with Russians.
- Be smart: Bannon instantly becomes Trump’s most dangerous man. Other campaign or White House alumni want/need to preserve ties or access to Trump. But Bannon has already burned every bridge to the White House, and now has zero attachments to Trump’s inner circle. Bannon saw and knows a lot, and his team has signaled he’s willing to completely unburden himself, and tell Mueller anything he's asked.
Go deeper: It's worth reading Swan's details in full
2. What you missed
- Trump says Russia is "not helping us at all with North Korea," and that the Russian actions are "denting" progress China is making. Quotes.
- A government shutdown is looking more likely as hardliners in both parties dig in, meaning Congress may not have the votes to pass a spending bill by the end of the week. Dive in.
- Twitter is trying to tell users if they were exposed to Russian election tweets. More.
- Apple plans to "directly contribute" $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years. Details.
- Facebook, YouTube and Twitter support a Democrat-led effort to block the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules. More.
Bonus: Dow closes above 26K
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 26,000 for the first time today. It rose from 25,000 to 26,000 in just seven trading days.
Behind the rally: The Wall Street Journal said stocks are being driven higher by some money managers who had been wary of the bull market but now have "fear of missing out" as stocks keep rising and have started to buy.
3. 1 fun thing
Virginia isn't the only state with strange tie-breaking traditions, according to Axios' Stef Kight.
- 27 states have laws calling for ties to be broken by a drawing of lots, 15 call for a new election and other states call for legislature votes or the governor or election board to decide.