Good Saturday morning. Situational awareness: The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website funded by a major Republican donor, New York hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer, in 2015 hired the research firm, Fusion GPS, that produced for Democrats the salacious dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russia, per N.Y. Times' Ken Vogel and Maggie Haberman.
As soon as Monday, the Mueller investigation begins a new phase that moves it from background music in national politics to center stage, with massive stakes for President Trump and both parties.
Be smart ... Matt Miller — former Obama Justice Department official, and close Mueller watcher, emails me: "I think it means this will be a rolling investigation. Rather than conduct his entire investigation and then wrap things up with indictments and possibly a report at the end, he is doing it in stages, the way the Justice Department might attack a drug cartel or a mafia family."
"Congress makes its own rules about the handling of sexual complaints against members and staff, passing laws exempting it from practices that apply to other employers," the WashPost's Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Elise Viebeck write in a front-pager, "The high risk of reporting sexual harassment in Congress":
Around the nation ... Boston Globe top of front page, "BEACON HILL'S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET ... Women describe climate of harassment at Mass. State House" — Commentary by Yvonne Abraham: "A dozen women who have worked in and around the State House over the past two decades described a climate of harassment and sexual misconduct."
P.S. CNN: "Four more women accuse Mark Halperin of harassment, bringing total to at least a dozen."
In Sunday's Post ... "Seven in 10 Americans say the nation's political divisions are at least as big as during the Vietnam War, according to a [Washington Post-University of Maryland] poll, which also finds nearly 6 in 10 saying Donald Trump's presidency is making the U.S. political system more dysfunctional," the WashPost's John Wagner and Scott Clement write:
"Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said [today in South Korea that] the threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating," AP's Bob Burns reports from Seoul:
"Cuban assassination plots involving exploding seashells and poisoned swimsuits. Bounties on the heads of high-profile communists. A secretive investigation that tracked John F. Kennedy's assassin into Mexico." But, but, but ... "few if any major plot twists about what happened that day in Dallas in 1963."
Go deeper ... "What we know from the JFK files," by Axios' Stef Kight and Haley Britzky.
A file — dated April 5, 1964, and released Thursday — details efforts to trace Lee Harvey Oswald's travel from Mexico City back to the U.S.
Shot ... Trump tweet this morning: "Very little reporting about the GREAT GDP numbers announced yesterday (3.0 despite the big hurricane hits). Best consecutive Q's in years!"
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), handing McCarthy the bag from top right, visited Utuado, Puerto Rico, yesterday with Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico's resident commissioner and the island's representative in Congress.
N.Y. Times' David Brooks, "The Week Trump Won":
The N.Y. Times' "Adam Bryant has interviewed 525 chief executives through his years writing the 'Corner Office' column. Here's what he has learned":
When the eighth season premiere of "The Walking Dead" aired last weekend to a five-year ratings low, AMC's zombie series also sustained a severe dip in online piracy, Axios' Shane Savitsky writes: