😎 Good Wednesday morning! Situational awareness: President Trump scores a win with first revamp of a U.S. trade deal, reaching an agreement with South Korea that would allow American automakers greater access to that country’s markets. (Bloomberg)
Capitol Hill wants Facebook’s blood. But President Trump isn’t interested.
What we're hearing: Trump has talked about changing Amazon’s tax treatment because he’s worried about mom-and-pop retailers being put out of business.
Behind the president's thinking: Trump's wealthy friends tell him Amazon is destroying their businesses. His real estate buddies tell him — and he agrees — that Amazon is killing shopping malls and brick-and-mortar retailers.
Trump never talks about Mark Zuckerberg or Facebook: He isn’t tuned in to the debate over how they handle people’s data, and thinks the Russia story is a hoax, sources say.
One warning sign for Facebook: Vice President Mike Pence is concerned about Facebook and Google, according to a source with direct knowledge.
President Trump often gets agitated — and stirred to action — by random things he hears on TV or from shoot-the-bull conversations with friends.
It drives staff nuts because they are responding to things that are either inaccurate, highly distorted or flat-out don't exist.
In a meeting last Wednesday in the White House residence, President Trump told Speaker Ryan that the U.S. military should pay for his border wall, the WashPost's Josh Dawsey and Mike DeBonis report:
Be smart: Trump has to think of something. Some top alumni of his campaign think that the wall was such a centerpiece promise, it's the one issue the base might desert over. So Trump has to come up with some plausible "wall" by 2020.
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Drone footage from Syria shows the wreckage of the town of Arbin, which has been under siege by the Assad regime, just half an hour outside the capital of Damascus, which is believed to be the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city.
"At least 12 states signaled ... that they would sue to block the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, arguing that the change would cause fewer Americans to be counted and violate the Constitution," the N.Y. Times reports:
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Tech companies in and around Toronto have seen a surge in international job applications over the last year, by far mostly from the U.S., according to a survey by the tech hub MaRS, Axios future editor Steve LeVine writes:
After days of speculation, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un paid a visit to Beijing, arriving by train, both governments confirm. BBC:
P.S. "North Korea Is Firing Up a Reactor. Why That Could Upset Trump’s Talks With Kim," per N.Y. Times:
The audience records the "reveal" of the new iPad during an Apple event in Chicago. (AP's Charles Rex Arbogast)
"Chicago public schools are on spring break this week, but one company has the power to draw some students back to the classroom," per the Chicago Tribune:
"Alex, Inc.," debuts 8:30 tonight on ABC:
"Craigslist for cannabis ... Online ads from unlicensed pot shops roil California market," AP's Michael Blood reports from L.A.:
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