Happy Friday! Smart brevity hits the big screen ... Debuting Monday on MSNBC: A new daily Axios “1 big thing” segment will air at 5:55 a.m. on “First Look,” in the lead-in to “Morning Joe.” Tune in for a sneak peek at my top item!
President Trump receives a shamrock bowl from Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, with First Lady Melania Trump at the White House yesterday. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
With the expected ouster of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, President Trump's decision on a replacement could result in one of the biggest policy shifts of all of this White House's frequent comings-and-goings.
Axios' Jonathan Swan reports that inside the West Wing, the most oft-mentioned potential successor is John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush.
Officials close to the president can't say with any confidence who he'll choose, but the selection of Bolton would fit with other recent decisions by Trump:
So what's next for Season 2 of The Trump Show?
Be smart: As we've been telling you, Trump is increasingly comfortable with acting on his instincts and whims. He's taking the advice of fewer people on his staff, and is even less likely to defer to them than before.
Comey v. Trump tour: Look for fired FBI Director James Comey to come out hot on the book tour that begins 30 days from now for "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," out April 17 from Flatiron Books. We're told:
I'll interview Comey at his sole Washington appearance on the tour — on April 30 at 7 p.m. (Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW), at an event presented jointly by Politics and Prose Bookstore and Axios.
Russia dominated cable news coverage last evening, even after the tragic bridge collapse in Miami. Three huge development set up a new tension for Trump:
Be smart ... Here's the tension for Trump:
DroneBase via AP
At least 4 dead — Miami Herald: "A pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed, ... just days after crews had dropped an elevated 950-ton span in place on a signature project that was intended to give Florida International University students [who were on spring break] a safe route across the busy roadway."
This massive scorecard, headlined "Cast keeps changing as the show goes on," dominates the front page of The Boston Globe.
Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration; Chart: Axios Visuals
That straight line upward, highlighted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration yesterday, reflects one of the most dramatic turnarounds of an industry that affects so many corners of the American and global economies, from trade deficits to everyday drivers, Axios' Amy Harder writes.
"Next week, a federal judge will begin trying an antitrust case that has broad ramifications for media, technology and other industries, and could affect the government’s powers to deter large-scale corporate consolidation," the Wall Street Journal report on A1 (subscription):
"America is rattled," The Economist writes in its lead editorial:
At the 10-year anniversary of the Bear Stearns collapse, Marketplaces' Kai Ryssdal (back to camera) sat down sat down with three pivotal players from the crisis: Tim Geithner, then president of the New York Fed, and later Treasury Secretary (left); then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and then-Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke (right).
Sneak peek ... Geithner: "[W]ith ... the financial crisis behind us, and a set of reforms that should make the system safer over time, we're back to confronting the damage caused by a deeply powerful set of long forces that were eroding the quality of life for the average American ... no income growth, huge rising inequality, deep anxiety about the future."
"Blue Apron to Sell Meal Kits in Stores to Buttress Sagging Deliveries ... Move comes as retailers like Walmart, Kroger and Amazon offer their own kits in fast-growing segment" — Wall Street Journal's Heather Haddon (subscription):
Thanks for reading. See you on Axios.com!