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Kim Jong-un to Take 17-Day Golf Vacation Before Destroying the World (According to Colbert)

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Ad Age "Media Guy" columnist Simon Dumenco's media roundup for the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 9:

Time may be running out (see Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7, below), so let's just get started ...

1. Trump's latest catchphrase -- "fire and fury" -- predictably appears on the front pages of the New York Post (though a story about thieving "club vixens" gets bigger play) and the Daily News:

2. On second thought (or any thought) ... In a CNN post headlined "Tillerson dials back rhetoric after Trump's North Korea 'fire and fury' threats," Joshua Berlinger, Zachary Cohen and Angela Dewan write,

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has sought to allay fears of a military confrontation with North Korea after President Donald Trump warned he could unleash "fire and fury" on the pariah state. Tillerson defended Trump's comments but said there was no sign that the threat level from North Korea had changed and that Americans should "sleep well at night." His unscheduled remarks, on a flight out of the region early Wednesday, appeared designed to dial back the unprecedented rhetoric from Trump. In comments that were significantly more incendiary than any made by US presidents in the past, Trump had appeared to threaten nuclear war with North Korea.

3. Meanwhile, the Twittersphere has excavated an Aug. 2013 Trump tweet and is busy retweeting it and commenting on it anew this morning:

So far this morning, this is the most retweeted and hearted current response to that Trump tweet.

4. Sorry, Kim Jong-un, but you're stuck competing with, yes, yet another Trump-Russia-related story -- a big exclusive this morning from The Washington Post that is surely rattling members of Team Trump. Carol D. Leonnig, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman report that,

FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump's former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Federal agents appeared at Paul Manafort's home without advance warning in the predawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records.

5. Speaking of the Post, FYI:

6. "Complaints about technology leading to the moral degradation of the young are a venerable genre, perhaps as old as human innovation itself," writes Jeet Heer in a just-published New Republic essay titled "The Malicious Politics of Millennial-Bashing." Heer cites Joe Scarborough tweets and other recent alarmist media -- mostly notably, "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?" from The Atlantic -- before adding that,

It's a truism of civilizational history that old people love to whine about the young. Yet the current wave of youth-bashing, while it borrows tropes from the past, is defined by the politics of the moment. ... Among these complaints about smartphones and lazy young people we can see a new conservative politics forming that eschews President Donald Trump's red-meat cultural politics, with its attacks on immigrants and people of color, and focuses on millennials and their successors.

Read on for more.

+ ICYMI from Monday's "Late Show With Stephen Colbert":

7. And finally, speaking of Colbert (and to bring us full circle), in last night's "Late Show" cold open, Kim Jong-un had this response to Donald Trump:

Thanks to Ann-Christine Diaz, Tam Nguyen, George Slefo and Chen Wu for their roundup suggestions.

Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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