🌅 Good Sunday morning.
Qu0te du jour ... Warren Buffett, at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting, in Omaha yesterday: "This country really, really works ... This country has six times the per capita GDP growth that it had when I was born ... This is a remarkable, remarkable country ... I would love to be a baby born in the United States today."
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
🎣 Note from Mike: David Wasserman, with the memorable Twitter handle of @Redistrict — House editor for The Cook Political Report and an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk for the past five cycles — is today’s “1 Big Guest," as I continue fishing, hiking and loafing in Maine.
Primary season kicks off in earnest this week, with major congressional contests in Ohio and North Carolina on Tuesday and even more on the docket in Pennsylvania on May 15.
Dem newbies: Democrats have a bumper crop of self-recruited House candidates raising gobs of cash in 2018. Of the leading Democrats in the 56 GOP-held districts rated as vulnerable (Lean Republican or worse) by the Cook Political Report, 31 are women, 16 are military veterans and 14 are freshly out-of-work Obama administration vets.
Pennsylvania’s new map was a gift to Democrats, but it turns out good candidates are as critical as good districts. For example, if self-funding multi-millionaire attorney and recent Maryland/South Africa resident Scott Wallace wins Tuesday’s primary, it could throw Bucks County GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) a life raft.
Am I tripping? The oddest frontrunner in Tuesday’s Democratic primaries might be 27-year Lehigh Valley prosecutor John Morganelli, running for GOP Rep. Charlie Dent’s open seat, PA-07.
Rescue squad goals: The GOP’s House majority is so endangered that the party's narrow path may depend on party groups personalizing/localizing races by unleashing damning opposition research to disqualify Democratic nominees faster than Mike Allen is scaring away fish this weekend. #DrivingThe Boat
As Sen. John McCain battles brain cancer and the debilitating side effects of his aggressive treatment, he's "reckoning with his history and the future, as he and a stream of friends share memories and say what needs to be said," the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin writes from Phoenix:
Rudy Giuliani on Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Pirro last night:
Breaking: Mueller has interviewed one of Trump’s closest friends and confidants, California real estate investor Tom Barrack. (AP)
P.S. From the N.Y. Times' lead story, "How Michael Cohen, Trump’s Fixer, Built a Shadowy Business Empire":
Go deeper: WashPost lead story, "As the ‘King of Debt,’ Trump borrowed to build his empire. Then he began spending hundreds of millions in cash."
A bronze statue of Karl Marx is uncovered yesterday on the 200th anniversary of his birth, at his birthplace — Trier, Germany.
Data: U.S. Department of State; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios
There was a 17% drop in international students in the U.S. last year — mostly due to a 28% decline in Indian students and a 24% decline in Chinese students receiving visas, reports Axios' Stef Kight.
Why it matters: The downturn, which can be partially attributed to President Trump's immigration policies, could have a notable economic effect. Foreign students contributed $36.9 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2016-2017 academic year, according to the NAFSA Association of International Educators.
"From airplanes to oilfields, billions of dollars are on the line for international corporations as President Trump weighs whether to pull America out of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers," AP's Jon Gambrell writes from Dubai:
Sam Sifton interviews Martha Stewart in 2016 (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
How Sam Sifton, the N.Y. Times' food editor, develops recipes for home cooks — "Times Insider" profile by Jake Lucas:
Read on for Sam's butter adventure.
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