💐 Good Tuesday morning, and happy May Day.
Situational awareness: "Trump has postponed the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, the European Union and Mexico until June 1, and has reached agreements for permanent exemptions for Argentina, Australia and Brazil." (Reuters)
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
James Comey told me last night during an hourlong, onstage conversation that President Trump should submit to an interview by special counsel Robert Mueller, but is skeptical that will happen.
Comey spoke at a book-signing event for "A Higher Loyalty" at George Washington University, presented by Axios and Politics and Prose bookstore, and carried live by C-SPAN.
Other quick hits by Comey:
Comey's drop-the-mic moment ... From today, it's 189 days until midterms. I asked if Mueller will likely take the election into account in his timing:
"Robert S. Mueller III ... has at least four dozen questions ... he wants to ask President Trump to learn more about his ties to Russia and determine whether he obstructed the inquiry," the N.Y. Times' Michael Schmidt scoops:
Read the questions, including:
Shot ... WashPost front page, "A cruising economy encounters rough seas ... Rare trifecta of soaring stocks, cheap loans and low inflation coming to an end," by David J. Lynch:
Chaser ... Wall Street Journal front page, "How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There," by David Harrison and Shayndi Raice (subscription):
For May Day, which in many countries is a celebration of workers, AFP presents a photo essay of images — taken by photographers around the world in March and April — of jobs that may disappear because of technological changes.
Pharmaceutical companies are shouldering a greater share of the blame for the opioid crisis, although individual users are blamed most often, according to a new Survey Monkey/Axios poll.
The number of Americans without health insurance is creeping back up, after seeing a big drop once the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to the latest tracking survey from the Commonwealth Fund.
Matt and Mercedes Schlapp and their five daughters (from left): Caterina, 12; Lucia, 5; Ava, 6; Viana, 13; and Elissa, 9. (Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
"Matt Schlapp, the pro-Trump chairman of the American Conservative Union, ... and his wife, Mercedes Schlapp, the director of strategic communications at the White House, are the most visible in the city’s cadre of conservative Republicans who, faced with a populist Trump juggernaut, chose to scramble aboard," the N.Y. Times' Elizabeth Williamson writes on A1:
Paragraph of the day: "This past weekend they aired their disgust at the comedian Michelle Wolf’s takedown of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. 'It’s why America hates the out of touch leftist media elite,' Ms. Schlapp tweeted from a limousine en route to an exclusive after-party organized by NBC/MSNBC."
Edelman, the global communications marketing firm, names Joe Lockhart — most recently a top NFL exec, and before that White House press secretary for Bill Clinton and a co-founder of the Glover Park Group — to be vice chairman, Public Affairs.
"As Germany prepares to mark Karl Marx's 200th birth anniversary [Saturday; born May 5, 1818], the revolutionary philosopher's legacy remains divisive more than a quarter century after the fall of the Berlin Wall," AFP reports:
"In the western town of Trier, the icon's birthplace which is planning 600 events for his bicentenary, it is not lost on critics that the centerpiece of the celebrations is a gargantuan statue offered as a gift from communist China":
"The Airport Lounge, Once a Refuge, Is a Total Zoo ... Credit-card rewards programs have vastly expanded access, tarnishing that 1% feeling; scanty buffets and cheap Chardonnay" — Wall Street Journal A-hed by AnnaMaria Andriotis (subscription):
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