⚡Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will cut short a trip to Washington after a rocket fired from Gaza injured at least seven people and damaged a house in central Israel, Barak Ravid reports for Axios.
Donald J. Trump has twice gone to war with Democrats and most of the American media — and won both times, dramatically and consequentially.
Now, it’s time for victory dances — and vengeance.
"Within an hour of learning the findings," the WashPost reports, "Trump called for an investigation of his critics and cast himself as a victim."
Attorney General William Barr writes in his summary for Congress that Mueller "did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government."
Why it matters: The outcome is a huge political victory, and Trump will use it to bludgeon the media and Democrats for the next 18 months.
Now, the vengeance: Trump allies are already pushing to investigate the investigators and attack the media.
NewsWhip, a social-media analytics company, whipped up this astonishing data for Axios' Neal Rothschild:
Be smart: Now, think of how much cable time the coverage consumed.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi looks clairvoyant for urging Democrats to drop the impeachment talk — and start obsessing about a 2020 election verdict.
Mueller's hung jury on obstruction — assuming Attorney General William Barr distilled it accurately — could encourage some Democrats to dig in.
Steve Elmendorf, a former top House Dem aide, told me Pelosi will be able to hold off impeachment fever, in part because the Twitter/cable world is "totally out of step with what people out in the country are really talking about."
Lots of Twitter praise for liberals who were skeptical:
Greenwald responded: "There were many others on the left who did it, too."
Be smart: These liberals/contrarians are right — they got this story and outcome more right than many who dominated Twitter and cable news.
Axios Slack agrees that the best single outside read on yesterday's release is "What to Make of Bill Barr’s Letter," by five Lawfare editors:
Ruined landscape tells of a fierce fight in final ISIS stronghold ... On Saturday, this was the destruction inside the final encampment held by ISIS in Baghouz, Syria.
This weekend, U.S.-backed forces declared victory over the Islamic State after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, AP reported.
The number of immigrants arrested or turned away at the southern border has continued to climb to levels not seen for years, according to new Department of Homeland Security data obtained by Axios' Stef Kight.
Detention centers are overcrowded, and immigration officials often aren't able to deport immigrants as quickly through expedited removal procedures.
"The apparent suicides of two Parkland school shooting survivors in one week underscore the need for increased mental health resources to help those still traumatized by the tragedy," the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes.
"Parents, students, school officials and other members of the Stoneman Douglas community met Sunday evening."
"Sydney Aiello, a senior at Stoneman Douglas last year, battled post-traumatic stress disorder. ... She died from suicide March 17. Her funeral was Friday."
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for anyone in distress, in addition to prevention and crisis resources. Also available for online chat.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Washington isn't known for nuance these days, but the lack of substance in the debate over the Green New Deal is extraordinary, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" column.
The Senate is set to hold a procedural vote this week to begin debating the Green New Deal. Democrats are expected to vote "present" to show unity and oppose Republicans’ efforts to highlight divisions on the left about the proposal.
Illustration: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios
"A beautiful study of a man who didn’t simply play the game as well as anybody who ever took the field, but loved it as much as any of them did too."