Happy 😎 Sunday!
⚡Breaking ... House Judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler, to Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press," on executive privilege and the Mueller report:
Data: Axios research. Chart: Harry Stevens and Aïda Amer/Axios
The market for Democratic presidential candidates looks saturated. So why are some Democrats still thinking of jumping in? Because there's almost never a downside to running, Axios managing editor David Nather writes:
Be smart: No Democrat will say they're running for something else, like vice president or cabinet secretary. But that's where some of them will end up, if the Democratic nominee beats President Trump.
See the full interactive graphic, with tooltips so you can dig in and find out each candidate's next job.
"While the White House, Congress and the country awaited word of the findings, [Attorney General William] Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein huddled at the Justice Department, reading and assessing Mueller’s work alongside key advisers," the WashPost reports in its lead story.
Remember ... The N.Y. Times' Mike Schmidt: "Trump’s lawyers consider it one of their greatest accomplishments that he never sat for an interview."
P.S. Where Dems are headed, from readout of a House Dem call yesterday:
Where the right is headed:
His provocative thesis: "WMD damaged the media’s reputation. Russiagate may have destroyed it."
Stories have been coming out for some time now hinting Mueller’s final report might leave audiences "disappointed," as if a President not being a foreign spy could somehow be bad news.
Openly using such language has, all along, been an indictment. Imagine how tone-deaf you’d have to be to not realize it makes you look bad, when news does not match audience expectations you raised. To be unaware of this is mind-boggling, the journalistic equivalent of walking outside without pants.
There will be people protesting: the Mueller report doesn’t prove anything! What about the 37 indictments? The convictions? The Trump tower revelations? The lies! The meeting with Don, Jr.? The financial matters! There's an ongoing grand jury investigation, and possible sealed indictments, and the House will still investigate, and…
Stop. Just stop. Any journalist who goes there is making it worse.
For years, every pundit and Democratic pol in Washington hyped every new Russia headline like the Watergate break-in. Nothing Trump is accused of from now on by the press will be believed by huge chunks of the population, a group that (perhaps thanks to this story) is now larger than his original base.
More than 450 passengers — out of 1,373 passengers and crew — were airlifted off the Viking Sky cruise ship, stranded in a storm in frigid waters off Norway, per AP.
The crew issued a mayday yesterday afternoon, fearing they could run aground.
"Screens used to be for the elite. Now avoiding them is a status symbol," the N.Y. Times Nellie Bowles writes from S.F. on the cover of Sunday Review:
For a streaming service to be announced tomorrow, Apple spent two years securing deals with showbiz royalty — Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, the L.A. Times' Ryan Faughnder and Wendy Lee write on the front page.
What's new: Apple's plans to create a lineup of programming to compete with Netflix, Amazon and Disney "have been cloaked in characteristic secrecy."
Why it matters: "Since Hollywood caught wind of Apple Inc.’s entertainment ambitions several years ago, filmmakers and studio executives have been wondering exactly how the iPhone maker will delve into the streaming video market — and whether it can dominate in the crowded and fast-growing arena."
Courtesy The New York Times
Christopher Payne, an industrial and architectural photographer, made more than 40 trips over two years "to find the beauty in newsprint and the people who produce it" at the New York Times printing plant in College Point, Queens — the largest of the paper's 26 print sites in the U.S.