Happy April 15. A quirk: Tax Day this year is on Tuesday, April 18. Usually when April 15 falls on a weekend, filers have a reprieve until Monday. But AP's Stephen Ohlemacher notes that because Monday is a holiday in D.C. (Emancipation Day, the day in 1862 in which 3,100 slaves living in Washington were freed), all states get an extra day.
North Korean leader Kim Kim Jong-un looks like he wants a war — meaning that this weekend's provocative posturing is much more worrisome than in the past.
Taunting Trump, Pyongyang today showed off a "Frankenmissile" — a new type of ICBM that had not been seen before.
Get smart fast as we begin this tense weekend of geopolitical risk:
Pulling back the camera ... "World power whiplash: Trump reverses views on Russia, China," by AP's Josh Lederman: "Once soft on Russia and hard on China, ... Trump rapidly reversed course in the last weeks, concluding there's more business to be done with Beijing than with Moscow."
Why it matters: "Trump's evolving views ... have brought the U.S. back into alignment with former President Barack Obama's pattern of 'great power' politics."
Breaking ... ''Mother of all bombs' killed 94 ISIS fighters, Afghan official says."
Bonus Tweet du Jour ... @MaggieNYT: "Despite BANNON criticism internally, two officials also describe him as 'one of the only grownups' there."
Graphic du jour ... "The Shifting Alliances and Rival Factions Inside Trump's West Wing," with four sectors: Friends and Family ... Wall Street ... Anti-Establishment ... Republican Establishment.
A challenge to euphoria ... The Wall Street Journal's lead story is "Economy Stumbles Despite Optimism," by Eric Morath:
"Uneven retail spending stands in sharp contrast to soaring measures of consumer confidence. The University of Michigan's consumer-sentiment measure ... is near the highest level in more than a decade."
"Trump's Choice to Run U.S. Export-Import Bank Is Vocal Critic," by Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein: "Trump, who as a candidate said he didn't think the bank needed to exist, named former New Jersey Representative Scott Garrett ... to be the bank's chairman and president. He tapped former Alabama Representative Spencer Bachus for a seat on the bank's board of directors."
P.S. Miami Herald, top of column 1, "GOP foreign policy experts welcome Trump's reversals."
N.Y. Times, top of front page, "White House Won't Disclose List of Visitors," by Julie Davis in West Palm Beach: "The announcement came on a day when Mr. Trump spent his morning and early afternoon out of sight of reporters at his golf club in West Palm Beach; White House aides declined, as has become their standard practice, to say what the president was doing or who he was with during his four hours at the club."
Just posted by Neil Irwin of N.Y. Times' Upshot: "Certain social welfare policies [such as child-care subsidies], according to an emerging body of research, may actually encourage more people to work and enable them to do so more productively. ... It amounts to a liberal version of 'supply-side economics,' an approach to economics often associated with the conservatives of the Reagan era."
Apple gets permit to test self-driving cars in California ... San Jose Mercury News' Ethan Baron: "In the first official confirmation of Apple's automotive ambitions, the secretive Cupertino company on Friday received a permit to test self-driving vehicles on California roads."
P.S. "Uber, Lifting Financial Veil, Says Sales Growth Outpaces Losses," by Bloomberg's Eric Newcomer: "more than doubled gross bookings in 2016 to $20 billion ... Net revenue was $6.5 billion, while adjusted net losses were $2.8 billion, excluding the China business, which it sold last summer."
Shot ... Cover of tomorrow's WashPost Outlook section, "The 'empowered consumer' doesn't get much say: United shows that companies are still boss," writes author Jacob Silverman: "Air travel is the most concentrated version of an essentially authoritarian experience that can be found throughout today's economy.
"We live, work, shop, and travel under a system of grossly asymmetric power relationships, in which consumers sign away most of their rights just by purchasing a ticket and companies deputize themselves to enforce contracts with hired goons."
Chaser ... "Phones and social media turn consumers into whistleblowers," by AP's Mae Anderson: "Employees need to be ready to react when a situation gets dramatic — and companies should emphasize that anything employees do could be recorded. ... On-site employees need to be given more power to respond to avoid escalating an incident, especially one that might be recorded."
How it's done ... "Delta can now offer up to $9,950 to passengers willing to give up seats."
"Hiring Anti-Trump Conservative [Bret Stephens] Is Part Of New York Times' Effort To Expand Opinion," by HuffPost's Michael Calderone and Nick Baumann:
Times Editorial Page Editor James Bennet said there "are many shades of conservatism and many shades of liberalism," and the Times owes it to readers to "capture a wide range."
"On Friday afternoon, the Times announced another Wall Street Journal writer and editor, [associate book review editor] Bari Weiss, would be joining the opinion section."
"Stars Wars: The Last Jedi" won't arrive in our galaxy until Dec. 15, but a trailer that dropped yesterday (16 million views just of the official YouTube, with copies all over the web) provided more online excitement and debate than most actual moves.
Entertainment Weekly calls the clip "our first glimpse into the galaxy after civil war was reignited in The Force Awakens."
Han Solo is gone. Luke Skywalker has been found. And although General Leia Organa's Resistance has knocked back the First Order, those Imperial wannabes remain a volatile threat under the command of General Hux, and the enigmatic Supreme Leader Snoke.
Wired's Brian Raftery: "[P]erhaps what's most notable is that no one is having any fun. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is trying to learn the Force from a cranky, Hoth-cold Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who tells her, "I only know one truth: It's time for the Jedi to end.'"
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And as we head into Easter weekend, Norah O'Donnell wishes "Happy 50th" to Bob and Pat Schieffer.