President Trump, in a bit of sly counter-programming, yesterday announced a massive rally in Harrisburg, Pa., at 7:30 p.m. next weekend — smack in the middle of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner that he and his staff are boycotting.
Embracing the "Hallmark holiday" ... Saturday is also Trump's 100-day mark. And although he dismissed it on Twitter as "the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days," the White House says it's "launching a web page dedicated to the first 100 days," and "will also be producing graphics, videos, and other digital content for the President's massive online following to share."
Sneak peek ... Trump's staff has also planned a packed week designed to compete with all the media nattering. Depending on your perspective, it either looks like a victory lap or cramming for exams:
The context ... Eye-opening numbers in the WashPost's lead story, "Trump polls at record lows," by Dan Balz and Scott Clement:
"Trump nears the 100-day mark of his administration as the least popular chief executive in modern times, a president whose voters remain largely satisfied with his performance, but one whose base of support has not expanded since he took the oath of office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll."
The N.Y. Times' Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush, setting the pace on Trump-Insider coverage, today have a front-page splash on "The Outer Circle" — the 20 family, friends and acquaintances President Trump frequently consults in addition to his White House advisers ("Trump Reaches Beyond West Wing for Counsel: Looks to Touchstones In Family and Finance For Advice Each Week").
@GlennThrush: "While the insiders brawl and bawl these 20 outsiders are quietly steering the USS Donald J. Trump."
@MaggieNYT: "Of people Trump talks to, Murdoch and Hannity are high on the list ... Trump does not speak to these folks in equal amounts, and some far less than others ...
"Trump often asks people 'what do you think about XYZ,' whether it's an ... aide or an event or a proposal. Sometimes it reflects a pending change. Other times it is basically a verbal ... tic to start a conversation and engage with someone. The things Trump says don't always convey deeper meaning. ...
"[Roger] Stone won't say when he talks to Trump (others say yes) but he is ubiquitous defender/among those who know him best."
We asked around last night about who was missing. The top nominees were Sheldon Adelson, Rudy Giuliani and Peter Thiel.
The big reveal in the N.Y. Times' 7,500-word, quad-bylined lead story, "In Trying to Avoid Politics, Comey Shaped an Election":
[W]hile partisanship was not a factor in [FBI Director James] Comey's approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways.
In the case of Mrs. Clinton, he rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.'s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.'s traditional secrecy. ...
[T]his go-it-alone strategy was shaped by his distrust of senior officials at the Justice Department, who he and other F.B.I. officials felt had provided Mrs. Clinton with political cover. The distrust extended to his boss, Loretta E. Lynch, the attorney general, who Mr. Comey believed had subtly helped play down the Clinton investigation.
Get smart fast, ahead of the French results later today ...
"France votes in presidential nailbiter" — Agence France Presse, from Paris: "France voted Sunday under heavy security in the first round of the most unpredictable presidential election in decades, with the outcome seen as vital for the future of the beleaguered European Union."
AP says partial official results and early polling agency projections are expected when polls close at 2 p.m. ET, or soon thereafter.
The patent is called "Methods and Systems of providing visual content editing functions." It powers what Snapchat users call a "geofilter" — an artistic overlay you add after a Snap is taken, offered at specific times and places, and available or advertisers to sponsor and customize.
Snap has tried to secure the future of geofilters by buying that crucial patent. TechCrunch's Mike Butcher picks up the story:
An intriguing revelation on the Boston Globe front page, "Tom Brady gives much to Best Buddies, but has taken millions for his own charitable trust," by Bob Hohler: "