The National Enquirer

NYT's Maggie Haberman told the "Longform Podcast" last week that President Trump is "some version of Harold [and] the Purple Crayon." It's a children's book about a boy named Harold who has a purple crayon and the power to create his own world by drawing it.

"[Trump] is drawing his own reality and he wants you to kind of follow him down that path," Haberman says. "In his view, all reality is subjective and it can be kind of twisted and played with."

It's one of the most insightful observations I've heard about Trump. And I thought of it while reading the July 24 edition of the National Enquirer:

  • Here's the Enquirer's take on Trump's handling of the North Korean missile crisis: "Faced with nuclear doomsday like no president since John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Donald Trump has taken bold and extraordinary steps to ensure America survives the siege and emerges with total victory!"
  • The Enquirer also says "Trump has both China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin in the palm of his hand."

Why this matters: I've been paying close attention to the tabloid since the campaign because David Pecker, the publisher, is an old friend of Trump's and often channels his worldview. The magazine draws reality as the President would like to bend it. It is Trump's purple crayon.

Go deeper... The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin delves into the National Enquirer's "fervor for Trump."

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 33,642,602 — Total deaths: 1,007,769 — Total recoveries: 23,387,825Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 7,191,061 — Total deaths: 205,998 — Total recoveries: 2,813,305 — Total tests: 103,155,189Map.
  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
  4. Politics: 7 former FDA commissioners say Trump is undermining agency's credibility
  5. States: NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June.
  6. Sports: Tennessee Titans close facility amid NFL's first coronavirus outbreak.
  7. World: U.K. beats previous record for new coronavirus cases.
  8. Work: United States of burnout — Asian American unemployment spikes amid pandemic

In photos: Deadly wildfires devastate California's wine country

The Shady Fire ravages a home as it approaches Santa Rosa in Napa County, California, on Sept. 28. The blaze is part of the massive Glass Fire Complex, which has razed 46,600 acres at 2% containment. Photo: Samuel Corum/Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images

Some 18,700 firefighters are battling 27 major blazes across California, including in the heart of the wine country, where one mega-blaze claimed the lives of three people and forced thousands of others to evacuate this week.

The big picture: 8,155 wildfires have burned across a record 3.86 million acres, killing 26 people and razing almost 7,900 structures in California this year, per Cal Fire. Just like the deadly blazes of 2017, the wine country has become a wildfires epicenter. Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta counties.

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The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

Photos: Jim Watson and Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

This debate was like the country: Everybody’s talking. Nobody’s listening. Nothing is learned. It’s a mess.

  • We were told President Trump would be savage. Turned out, that was a gross understatement. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, got bulldozed.

Why it matters: Honestly, who the hell knows?