Good Tuesday morning. Primaries are being held in eight states today: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.
You're invited ... Axios triple-header in D.C. this week:
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Axios' Jonathan Swan has this take-you-there dispatch about what it's like to cover a West Wing under legal siege:
In what Swan calls "the debate club news cycles," Trump and Giuliani have teamed up to give us one of the most incredibly weird news cycles in the 13 months of the Mueller probe:
Sentence of the day ... WashPost: "[P]rivate moves by Trump’s attorneys and advisers indicate that — despite the president’s public bravado — they are readying for a fraught legal confrontation that could have far-reaching consequences."
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Peter Shane, a law professor at The Ohio State University and co-author of a casebook on separation of powers, quoted in a front-pager, "Trump and His Lawyers Embrace a Vision of Vast Executive Power":
P.S. "Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, of attempting to tamper with witnesses in the federal case charging him with money laundering and acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Ukraine." (Bloomberg)
A majority of Americans (58%) believe it's likely that a foreign government will try to interfere in November's midterm elections, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.
Paper vs. digital: 75% of respondents trust their votes will be accurately counted when using paper ballots, while a slightly smaller percentage (68%) trust their votes will be accurately counted when using electronic voting machines.
Brian Goldsmith, a journalist and entrepreneur who lives in L.A. and co-hosts a podcast with Katie Couric, sends Axios AM this cheat sheet as California voters today take the first step in electing a new governor:
State of play ... California is far worse off than it appears:
Be smart ... The biggest problem of all is an affordability crisis that drives people out:
This satellite image shows advancing lava flows on Hawaii as they approach Kapoho Bay and the Vacationland residential neighborhood.
"President Trump ... abruptly rescinded an invitation to host the Eagles at the White House ... fewer than 24 hours before the team was scheduled to visit," The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
Instead, Trump's schedule for today says:
Economics Teacher, played by Ben Stein, in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986 — 32 years ago), noted by Chris Krueger of Cowen Washington Research Group:
"In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the — Anyone? Anyone? — the Great Depression, passed the — Anyone? Anyone? — the tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act. Which, anyone? Raised or lowered? Raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression. Today, we have a similar debate ... "
"Apple debuted a series of tools to combat technology addiction and 'fear of missing out' on Monday at its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, California," CNBC's Chloe Aiello writes:
"Here are some of the changes, which Federighi said help 'limit distraction, focus and understand how you are spending your time'":
Howard Schultz addresses shareholders meeting in Seattle in 2015. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Howard Schultz, 64, is leaving at the end of the month as executive chairman of Starbucks, a decision that the N.Y. Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin says "will most likely stoke speculation that he is considering a run for president in 2020":
Schultz tells Sorkin:
Drink in Schultz's letter to employees, "Onward with love."
Chris Matthews in the WashPost, "What made Bobby Kennedy so special":
"What made this Kennedy so unique, Jack Newfield wrote, 'was that he felt the same empathy for white workingmen and women that he felt for blacks, Latinos and Native Americans. He thought of cops, waitresses, construction workers and firefighters as his people.' We need leaders like him today, people who can unite diverse people into governing majorities."
"Seeing ‘Solo’ Solo: Brave Movie Lovers Hit Theaters Alone" — Wall Street Journal A-hed by John Jurgensen (subscription):
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