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President Trump will be “triggered” by the bleak leaks about the extent and intrusiveness of Robert Mueller’s investigation, and is likely to become more aggressive as he feels more threatened, sources close to the White House tell me.
Mueller threatens subpoena: After the N.Y. Times' list of Mueller's four dozen questions for Trump, the WashPost reported last night that at a tense meeting in early March, Mueller told Trump lawyers that if he declined an interview, Mueller “could issue a subpoena for the president to appear before a grand jury.”
The threat is vast: The questions (topics, really) stretch across Trump’s campaign, the Republican convention, the transition and the first year of the administration.
Bob Bauer — a former White House counsel under President Clinton and now a New York University law professor — told me the Times list makes it plain that the risks are too high for Trump to submit to an interview.
A former U.S. attorney tells me how federal prosecutors approach such an interview: "For each of the questions, there is already an elaborate follow-up question tree, supported by marked exhibits ready to be presented to refresh Trump’s recollection, impeach him, or otherwise test his credibility."
Paul Rosenzweig, a former Whitewater prosecutor, told the N.Y. Times that with that many topics, "that’s honestly a two-day interview. That’s 12 hours of questioning.”
The bottom line: Based on my conversations with insiders, a Mueller interview of Trump is unlikely but not impossible.
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To address allegations of bias, Facebook is bringing in two outside advisors — one to conduct a legal audit of its impact on underrepresented communities and communities of color, and another to advise the company on potential bias against conservative voices, Axios' Sara Fischer scoops:
Black swans ... "Cyberwarfare and populism are some of the top risks that could threaten global stability and financial markets in the years ahead, investors and policymakers warned at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference," Reuters' Anna Irrera reports from Beverly Hills:
The bottom line (this was true at Davos, too): "Ironically, the mood was so positive that some speakers worried about excessive optimism."
Mark Zuckerberg, announcing a Facebook dating feature, is seen on-screen with digital bunny ears during Facebook's annual F8 developer conference in San Jose.
"Entertainment industry heavyweights made an upbeat case for their business at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, despite fast-growing competition from online video networks such as Netflix and Amazon.com," the L.A. Times' Ryan Faughnder reports.
MGM Television President Mark Burnett — whose company produces "Survivor," "The Voice" and "The Handmaid's Tale" — said "buckets" of money await companies that make movies and TV shows that strike a chord with audiences:
The big trend: "Streaming platforms are providing more outlets for hit shows ... 'The Handmaid's Tale' ... found a large audience on Hulu."
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Health care companies are rushing to buy or invest in areas that focus on the elderly population, as baby boomers are reaching an age when they require more health care services, per Axios health care business reporter Bob Herman:
Republicans still running against Hillary: Nearly 13,000 TV commercials from Jan. 1 through April 24 mentioned or showed a photo of Clinton, according to data compiled for USA Today by Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in Boston for a Democratic fund-raiser, tells Globe reporters and editors:
“We will win. I will run for speaker. I feel confident about it. And my members do, too ... It’s important that it not be five white guys at the table, no offense [top two House and Senate leaders, plus president] ... I have no intention of walking away from that table.”
"Now Emoting in the Corner Office ... Leaders open up about hopes, fears and arguments with mom; uncomfortable for some, but builds trust" — Wall Street Journal A-hed by Rachel Feintzeig (illustrated on the front page with a box of tissues):
Adolescent health ... "Parenting the Fortnite Addict," by Dr. Lisa Damour, a psychologist writing for N.Y. Times Well:
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