Breakfast Briefing: 5 things to know on Thursday morning

Trump's troop numbers don't matter, no CNN jobs for former White House advisors, and Facebook and Google are too big says Tim Berners-Lee.

There are probably a few people in uniform wishing President Trump and his generals would coordinate their messages. Trump recently said the number of troops deployed to the US-Mexican border might be 15,000, twice the ammount the Pentagon said it has planned for. (Associated Press)

But to Trump, having a bigger number might be more important than having a correct number. In a recent interview with Axios the president said heated rhetoric and condemning his his enemies — especially the media — has worked. In the interview Trump said attacking the press when they’re wrong is a service and that his close advisors generally don’t ask him to tone it down: "Not too much. Hey, I'm here! It got me here." (Axios)

Those compliant Trump advisors might want to cross CNN off the list for their post-White House job hunt. CNN president Jeff Zucker said he’s not interested in hiring former Trump officials who he feels helped Trump spread fake news. Many Trump officials may be looking for work after next week’s midterm election. (Politico)

Facebook and Google are too big for the internet, said the guy who invented it. Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee said he is not happy with how his invention has turned out. Facebook and Google are too dominant and he is upset about the abuse of personal data and the spread of hate on social media. (Reuters)

You didn’t win Halloween, this young lady did, according to the website Coconuts Manilla, with a costume that made her appear to be headless and carrying her own head on a plate. The costume was created by her mother.

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