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Situational awareness: Pakistan says it shot down two Indian warplanes — and captured two pilots — in a major escalation of the Kashmir conflict. (BBC)
President Trump's advisers say one of his more frequent gripes about the scandals and investigations — both by Mueller and the Hill — is that they weaken his standing with foreign leaders, Jonathan Swan reports.
Trump wants to claim a victory from his North Korean summit. And he also wants to, as he always does, produce good television.
As if the situation wasn't charged enough, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), is trying to embarrass Cohen:
Why it matters: Gaetz has been among a small group of House Republicans who've won favor with Trump by relentlessly attacking the Mueller probe as a politically-biased "witch hunt."
Swan called Gaetz shortly after he sent his incendiary tweet. Swan asked Gaetz what the purpose of the tweet was. "To test the truthfulness and character of a witness that's coming before the Congress," Gaetz replied.
But you're not a member of the Oversight Committee and so you won't be asking questions of Cohen, Swan said.
Swan asked Gaetz whether anybody in the White House put him up to this threat, or whether he'd discussed his tweet with Trump before or after the tweet.
Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, said in a statement: "We will not respond to Mr. Gaetz’s despicable lies and personal smears, except to say we trust that his colleagues in the House, both Republicans and Democrats, will repudiate his words and his conduct."
⚡ Breaking: A $35,000 check signed by Donald Trump on Aug. 1, 2017 (after he became president) will be displayed during Michael Cohen's testimony to the House Oversight Committee today, a source close to Cohen tells Axios.
Cohen then narrates documents he gave the committee:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) headline Rolling Stone's cover for March, Women's History Month.
From Pelosi's interview:
From Ocasio-Cortez's interview:
From Omar's interview:
"Chicago will elect its first African-American female mayor after former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle" moved to an April 2 runoff, the Chicago Tribune's Bill Ruthhart reports.
If "Lightfoot is elected, she would become the city’s first openly gay mayor."
"[T]he top U.S. general for homeland defense said ... he sees no military threat coming from the southern border with Mexico, but his focus is on 'very real' threats from China and Russia," AP's Lolita Baldor reports.
P.S. ... The House voted 245-to-182, including 13 Republicans, to nullify President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, per the WashPost.
Joe Biden disclosed at the University of Delaware yesterday that he had a family meeting this month, including his grandchildren, to discuss a 2020 run, the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin writes:
"About 10.9 million people are losing out on one of their most prized tax breaks — the deduction for state and local taxes," per Bloomberg's Laura Davison.
Beijing was the city with the most billionaires in 2018, at 103, followed by New York at 92 and Hong Kong with 69, according to wealth compiler Hurun Report, China's version of the Forbes rich list.
"Millennials make up the vast majority of [baseball's major leagues] today, and their influence is felt all over the sport," AP's Jay Cohen writes from spring training in Mesa, Ariz.:
"I've learned this generation is nothing like the generation I grew up in,” said Royals manager Ned Yost, 63.
"They want to know the reasoning behind what their coaches want them to do":
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Tetris is going battle royale. Nintendo this month launched Tetris 99 to challenge Fortnite: Players "compete online against each other until there is only one survivor left," The Verge reports.
"Tetris has sold hundreds of millions of copies," The Wall Street Journal's Don Steinberg writes in an A-hed (subscription):
"In the late '80s, ... many people played the game at work, and early versions included a 'boss button' that replaced the screen with a fake spreadsheet."