Good Tuesday morning!
Situational awareness: "The U.S. Commerce Department announced ... that it will restore a question about citizenship to the 2020 census questionnaire. ... The last time a question about citizenship was included in the census questionnaire was 1950." (NPR)
Washington is amping up its demands on Big Tech, with Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner saying last night that CEOs specifically must be held accountable.
Warner, who is helping lead the committee's probe of Russia's role in the 2016 election, also said that Capitol Hill's interest in Facebook and other tech platforms extends beyond political advertising, which had been lawmakers' initial focus.
Warner's comments came on the same day that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) officially invited — by name — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to an April 10 hearing on "the future of data privacy in the social media industry and how to develop 'rules of the road.'"
The bottom line, from Axios' Sara Fischer: The biggest threat of any real penalties will likely come from the FTC, which is responsible for the enforcement of privacy standards, mostly through big fines.
A House Republican leadership aide told me that this is now being treated as a consumer issue, in addition to the earlier national security concerns:
The good news for Facebook, per The Wall Street Journal (subscription):
Be smart: Meaningful action before the November midterm elections is unlikely. This will require due process — hearings, etc. But the past 10 days have brought a massive increase in Washington's appetite for confrontation with Silicon Valley.
"CNN Poll: 42% approve of Trump, highest in 11 months ... highest level since the 100-day mark."
"Wall Street's three major indexes jumped to their greatest one-day gain in two-and-a-half years, ... led by the tech sector, as trade war fears eased on reports that the United States and China were willing to renegotiate tariffs and trade imbalances." (Reuters)
Synchronized expulsions ... "Trump ... expelled 60 Russian diplomats considered spies from the U.S., the most since 1986, demonstrating united resolve with Europe after the U.K. blamed Vladimir Putin’s government for a March 4 nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy living in England," Bloomberg reports:
Apple plans to announce a renewed emphasis on education at 11 a.m. ET today at a Chicago high school, likely with a lower-priced iPad and services tailored for students ranging from kindergarten through high school, AP reports:
Cover story in next weekend's N.Y. Times Magazine ... "Can Jim Mattis Hold the Line in Trump’s ‘War Cabinet’? Dismissed as a warmonger during the Obama presidency, the defense secretary may be the only reliable voice of caution left in an administration inching closer to the brink," by Robert F. Worth:
Self-driving cars get the headlines. But car and tech companies are rolling out new safety features for human drivers, including cameras that can read speed limit signs, and systems that slow cars ahead of curves and construction zones, AP's Tom Krisher reports from Detroit:
Lots of anger toward Trump in areas around Democratic cities, per WashPost:
The Catch-22 for Republican candidates, per N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns:
"Linda Brown, whose father objected when she was not allowed to attend an all-white school in her neighborhood and who thus came to symbolize one of the most transformative court proceedings in American history, the school desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, died on Sunday in Topeka, Kan.," at 75, per N.Y. Times' Neil Genzlinger:
Transforming ESPN from linear-TV kingpin to a direct-to-consumer digital outlet ... "Can a New President and Streaming Service Help ESPN Win Again?" Variety cover story by Brian Steinberg:
Thanks for reading. See you all day in the Axios stream ...