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Everyone's waiting for the "Mueller Report." But it turns out that special counsel Robert Mueller is writing a "report" in real time, before our eyes, through his cinematic indictments and plea agreements, Garrett M. Graff reports for Axios:
Perhaps the best example is Mueller's oddly specific reference to the Russian hackers targeting Hillary Clinton "for the first time" after candidate Trump's still-unexplained "Russia, if you're listening" comment on July 27, 2016.
By making such detailed filings, Mueller is actually increasing his burden of proof — suggesting a supreme confidence that he has the goods.
Some of his deeply detailed filings raise questions that suggest more is coming:
Other hints at coming attractions:
Be smart: If it’s anything like every other document Mueller has filed thus far, it'll be more informed, more knowledgeable, and more detailed than we can imagine.
The 90-day U.S.-China ceasefire "over tariffs was greeted with relief by businesses around the world as the two largest economies eased concerns over a possible new Cold War," The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Journal's Bob Davis ticks off the issues still on the table: "forced technology transfer by U.S. companies doing business in China; intellectual-property protection that the U.S. wants China to strengthen; nontariff barriers that impede U.S. access to Chinese markets; and cyberespionage."
"Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse," AP's Steve Peoples reports a meeting of the Sanders brain trust in Burlington, Vt.
Signs of cracks in his base: "His loyalists are sizing up a prospective 2020 Democratic field likely to feature a collection of ambitious liberal leaders."
P.S. ... At a "Know Your Value" live event in San Francisco with "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said of a presidential run:
Julio Obscura via House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Front row, left to right: Katherine Clark, Caucus Vice Chair; Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Majority Leader; Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker-designate; Jim Clyburn, Majority Whip; Hakeem Jeffries, Caucus Chair; Cheri Bustos, DCCC Chair.
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THREE MILE ISLAND, Pa. — Next year will mark 40 years since America’s worst nuclear-energy accident unfolded here in a partial radioactive meltdown. The reactor still operating next to the defunct one is set to close next year, 15 years sooner than planned, Amy Harder reports in her "Harder Line" energy column.
The big picture: Cheap natural gas and increasingly cheap renewables buoyed by government support are financially squeezing this plant and others, which aren’t compensated for their carbon-free profile like wind and solar.
Driving the news: Exelon, owner of Three Mile Island, has been losing money for five years on it. It announced earlier this year it was planning to close the plant in September 2019 unless there's government action, likely through the Pennsylvania legislature, to financially help it remain open.
President Bush sent Maureen Dowd this parody of Al and Tipper Gore's kiss at the 2004 Democratic convention. (Left: Courtesy Maureen Dowd. Right: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Maureen Dowd recalls her "decades of correspondence" with President George H.W. Bush after covering/stalking him as a White House correspondent for the N.Y. Times:
41 occasionally referred to 43 in his notes as "my boy, Quincy."
Bush gave her "a quirky, raffish, 11-page typed parody of my Bush parodies portraying W. as a Boy Emperor being controlled by his malevolent regents, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. His satire was laced with 'forsooths,' 'lyres,' 'nobles and peasants,' 'courtiers,' 'verilys' and other Old English touches."
"Jeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people's doorsteps by now. Amazon customers are still waiting," AP's David Koenig and Joseph Pisani report.
"The government estimates that about 110,000 commercial drones are operating in U.S. airspace, and the number is expected to soar to about 450,000 in 2022. They are being used in rural areas for mining and agriculture, for inspecting power lines and pipelines, and for surveying."
"Destructive wildfires are regular events in Malibu, but last month’s Woolsey fire could prove to be the worst ever to strike the upscale coastal community," the L.A. Times reports.
"The Kennedy Center Honors stepped out of its comfort zone, ... conferring recognition for the first time on a living, breathing work of art, along with four seasoned — and also living and breathing — American artists," the WashPost's Peter Marks writes.
Photo above ... Front row from left, David Rubenstein, chairman of the board for the Kennedy Center; 2018 Kennedy Center honorees Wayne Shorter, Philip Glass, Reba McEntire, Cher, Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter.
"Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles — even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity," AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner reports:
"The pediatricians' group recommends no screen time for children up to age 2, and says total screen time including TV and computer use should be less than one hour daily for ages 2 and older."