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Situational awareness: "Trump administration officials said they're crafting a new legislative package aimed at closing immigration 'loopholes' following the president's calls for Republican lawmakers to immediately pass a border bill using the 'Nuclear Option if necessary.'" (AP)
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The rising power of Trump TV ... Nothing helps President Trump more — or tightens his hold on his base more securely — than his cozy, mutually beneficial relationship with conservative TV. The two key players:
1. Fox News — especially the morning show, "Fox & Friends." It’s no exaggeration to say that the "Fox & Friends" anchors and commentators have become de facto policy advisers.
2. Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation's largest owner of local broadcasting stations, with unabashed conservative leanings. Trump backed the company in a tweet yesterday after an embarrassing viral mash-up showed dozens of Sinclair anchors on at least 66 stations around the country reading a canned promo script denouncing "fake stories" on "some media outlets."
Be smart: The mainstream media's skeptical-to-sneering coverage of Fox and Sinclair just endears those outlets to Trump, and causes his diehard supporters to dig in even deeper.
A Trump aide told me that the president gravitates toward conservative outlets because "those seem to be the only options that aren't chronically negative or personally vicious toward him," and that voters "are weary from the constant and obsessive negativity elsewhere."
Fox and Sinclair are becoming more unabashedly pro-Trump in their commentary. And neither sounds chastened by recent controversies:
P.S. Two ironies:
Illustration: Caresse Haaser, Sarah Grillo / Axios
With growing signals that data privacy rules are on the way, Axios' Kim Hart and David McCabe tell us to look for proposals on data portability, transparency and new opt-in rules:
Here's a cheat sheet on the top options:
"Companies in technology, investment and other industries now say that the measures the administration is taking to help them may actually end up doing irreparable harm to supply chains they have built up over decades," the N.Y. Times' Ana Swanson reports:
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Confetti falls as the Villanova Wildcats celebrate after defeating the Michigan Wolverines, 79-62, in the NCAA men's basketball national championship in San Antonio.
Shot — The Times of London: "Moscow has said that relations with the West are now worse than during the Cold War in the aftermath of the Skripal poisoning."
Chaser — WashPost A1: "Trump proposed meeting Vladimir Putin at the White House in [his congratulatory] phone call [on March 20], the Kremlin said, ... a fresh revelation about a conversation that stirred controversy over Trump’s friendly tone toward the Russian leader amid mounting tensions with the West."
Stunning datapoint: "U.S. stocks had their worst April start since 1929." (Bloomberg)
"The president — who frequently touted Wall Street’s rally following his 2016 election victory — was partly blamed for a sharp stock selloff ... that investors believe is likely to continue, deepening cracks in a nine-year-old bull run," per Reuters:
At the close yesterday, CNBC was rocking a red "MARKET SELL-OFF" graphic:
"Acting Chief [Mick Mulvaney] Recommends Reining In Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," the Wall Street Journal reports on A1:
Red-state revolt: "Many schools will remain closed for a second day in Oklahoma [today] as teachers continue to rally for higher pay and education funding in a rebellion that has hit several Republican-led states across the country," including West Virginia, Arizona and Kentucky. (AP)
Cellphones gaining acceptance inside U.S. schools, AP's Carolyn Thompson reports:
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