⚡Breaking: Pete Buttigieg tweets that he'll make his formal 2020 announcement April 14 in South Bend, Indiana: "It’s not just about winning an election. It’s about winning an era."
Pervasive partisanship and rapid-fire social media echo chambers have exacerbated our tendency to jump to conclusions, Axios managing editor Kim Hart writes.
Viral internet: Everyone has encountered a too-good-to-be-true story on social media, whether it's viral outrage or viral feel-good.
One of the latest examples played out this week when Stephanie Carter, an entrepreneur and wife of former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, explained a 2015 photo showing Joe Biden standing behind her with his hands on her shoulders.
Other examples show how easily narratives catch fire online based on incidents that most of us didn't see firsthand:
This reality can be empowering for marginalized voices speaking out on injustices such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter.
The cautious view among most Republican lawmakers and White House aides is that President Trump won’t follow through with his dramatic threat to close ports of entry at the border, Jonathan Swan reports.
"It’s the markets," the source said. "Closing the border, the markets would plummet."
Be smart: As with everything Trump ... What is true at 10 p.m. on Wednesday could be false by 7 a.m. on Thursday, depending on who Trump talks to, what he watches, and what kind of mood he’s in.
We're told Joe Biden, his team and his family felt upbeat after the release yesterday of his Twitter video, which lacks an apology but promises changes:
See the video, read the statement.
Creeping floodwaters threaten Washington's cherry blossoms, AP's Ashraf Khalil writes:
The whole area needs refurbishing:
Some Mueller investigators have told associates that their findings were more troubling for President Trump than Attorney General William Barr has indicated, the N.Y. Times reports.
One person told the WashPost: "It was much more acute than Barr suggested."
"Even as Biden's fate is litigated," former TIME editor Nancy Gibbs writes in the magazine's new issue, "the larger tests facing Democratic candidates come into focus":
Why it matters: "The challenge to the 2020 candidates is addressing a nation sick of the paralyzing polarization."
"Scientists Thought They Had Measles Cornered. They Were Wrong," the N.Y. Times' Donald G. McNeil Jr. writes.
"Each year, state lawmakers across the U.S. introduce thousands of bills dreamed up and written by corporations, industry groups and think tanks," USA Today's Rob O’Dell and Nick Penzenstadler write after a two-year investigation.
"USA Today and The Arizona Republic examined nearly 1 million bills using a computer algorithm developed to detect similarities in language."
Heather Higginbottom, a former top Obama administration official, will join the JPMorgan Chase corporate responsibility team in May to lead a new global public policy effort, CEO Jamie Dimon announces in his annual shareholders letter.
Higginbottom, most recently COO of CARE USA, was deputy secretary of state, deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Screenshot from "Joker" trailer.
"Warner Bros. on Wednesday morning released the trailer for Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character in a standalone origin story about one of Batman's most iconic enemies," BuzzFeed News' Michael Blackmon writes.
"There’s level of serious silliness in Phoenix’s portrayal, and the majestic squalor of Gotham that makes Joker seem distinct from other comic book movies, musical even in its theatrical sense of reality that undoubtedly stems from the perspective of its central character."