Good Friday morning, and happy Groundhog Day! Situational awareness: "Newly released emails show EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt personally monitored efforts last year to excise much of the information about climate change from the agency’s website, especially Obama’s effort to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants." (AP)
White House aides recognize there could be a high cost to President Trump's decision to allow — with no redactions — release of that classified memo about the Russian investigation, aides tell Axios' Jonathan Swan and me:
About FBI Director Wray, the administration source said:
Why it matters ... The N.Y. Times' Michael Schmidt, speaking to Brian Williams on MSNBC's "The 11th Hour," looks past the immediate frenzy:
The headline: Amazon's quarterly profit tops $1 billion for first time ... "TECH ROARS: APPLE BEST QTR IN HISTORY OF BIZ."
The big picture ... "Three of the biggest tech companies reported record quarterly financial results ... as they extended their dominance over swaths of the global economy," The Wall Street Journal writes in its lead story:
The debates ahead, per The Journal:
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios
Rogue regimes, including North Korea, are exploiting a dark side to digital currencies, Axios' Shannon Vavra writes:
Olympics sneak peek ... Photo from a drone shows the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Increased medical data — enabled by technology, and increasingly accessible to patients — is the kindling for a revolution, according to The Economist's cover:
"There’s so much pressure to be a perfect immigrant. They basically want us to save babies from burning buildings, have a 5.0 GPA and become doctors. But I’m just teaching these tiny humans to be great Americans."— Karen Reyes, a special-education teacher who recently lost the legal protections given to the young immigrants known as “Dreamers.” (N.Y. Times)
Trump's nuclear poker ... TIME's W.J. Hennigan points to "a provocative shift from the sober, almost mournful restraint that has characterized the U.S. posture toward [nuclear] weapons for decades":
"A decade has passed since Larry Diamond, a political scientist at Stanford University, put forward the idea of a global 'democratic recession.' The tenth edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index suggests that this unwelcome trend remains firmly in place," The Economist writes:
A group of female record executives is calling for the resignation of Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, who sparked a backlash by saying after Sunday's Grammy Awards that female musicians must "step up" for more representation, per the Hollywood Reporter's Patrick Shanley:
Portnow issued a statement about that oh-n0-he-didn't quote:
As the N.Y. Times podcast "The Daily" passes its first anniversary, the paper's Alexandria Symonds goes behind the scenes:
We're looking forward to Mark Leibovich's book, “Big Game: The N.F.L. in a Time of Boom, Doom and Maximum America,” out for the start of next season. In the meantime, we have Leibo's halftime report for the N.Y. Times Magazine:
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