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Breaking ... North and South Korea will hold their first summit in more than a decade on April 27 in the border truce village of Panmunjom.
Situational awareness: 365 days till Brexit, when the U.K. officially leaves the European Union after 46 years.
It’s no secret what it takes to get booted from the Trump administration:
The real mystery: How does anyone survive in the wild West Wing? Based on countless conversations that Jonathan Swan and I have had with aides past and present, here’s how:
1. Flatter and defend the boss.
2. Work on esoteric topics.
3. Bash trade and China — and believe it.
4. Be family — either literally (like Ivanka) or figuratively (like Hope Hicks).
5. Look and play the part.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios
Facebook and Google execs privately complain about the barrage of critical coverage they face, charging that media companies have a financial incentive to attack them and that media execs are settling scores.
They're right, our new tech editor, Scott Rosenberg, writes from San Francisco in his Axios debut:
Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an interview taped in Chicago yesterday with Recode's Kara Swisher and MSNBC's Chris Hayes, airing as an MSNBC special on Friday, April 6, at 8 p.m. on MSNBC:
Cook took a shot at Amazon for its HQ2 search: "That contest is set up as a win-lose and not something I want Apple to be a part of."
On Dreamers: "The DACA situation is not an immigration issue. It’s a moral issue."
Dr. Ronny Jackson, White House physician, gives a thumbs-up in January as President Trump leaves Walter Reed after his physical. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Even close aides to President Trump were baffled by his selection yesterday of Ronny Jackson, the physician to the president, to replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who got the presidential boot on Twitter.
The buzz ... One longtime Republican lobbyist offered a two-word prediction for Dr. Jackson’s chances of Senate confirmation: “Harriet Miers” — the George W. Bush nominee for Supreme Court who withdrew amid doubts about her qualifications.
Buh-bye ... The day after the Veterans Affairs secretary was fired, the N.Y. Times posts an online op-ed from him, "Privatizing the V.A. Will Hurt Veterans":
John Dowd, at the time a lawyer for President Trump, "broached the idea of Mr. Trump’s pardoning two of his former top advisers, Michael T. Flynn and Paul Manafort, with their lawyers last year," the N.Y. Times reports in its lead story.
P.S. "Mueller: Trump campaign's [Rick] Gates knew he was speaking to Russian intel agent," per NBC: "A court filing from Special Counsel Mueller's team says Gates stated he was aware 'Person A' was linked to Russian intelligence."
Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner and John Goodman as Dan Conner (ABC)
President Trump telephoned supporter Roseanne Barr yesterday to congratulate her on the return of her sitcom "Roseanne" on ABC and — what really impressed him — the huge ratings.
What's next: The first episode involved sparring over strains after the election, but the rest of the run isn't about politics. Topics include the opioid crisis, guns in the home, and medical-care problems faced by blue collar families.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (center) meets with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Starbucks in New York yesterday. (Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council via Getty Images)
After stops in Washington, Boston and New York, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman heads for the West Coast tomorrow as he continues his remarkable marathon of meetings with America's powerful.
An outdated draft of the crown prince's schedule leaked yesterday. A source filled Axios in on the latest plans:
In the new TIME, Molly Ball writes that the "broken relationship" between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions "has turned the job of a lifetime into an exercise in humiliation." From her interview with Sessions:
A new guessing game for Washington ... Axios has learned that the N.Y. Times’ Amy Chozick uses pseudonyms to identify top Clinton aides in her memoir, “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Ceiling,” out April 24.
Kansas City Royals grounds crew manager Evan Fowler paints the logo behind home plate yesterday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer / Kansas City Star via Getty Images)
Today is Major League Baseball's Opening Day — the first time since 1968 that every team has opened on the same day.
USA Today Sports ranks the 30 teams:
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