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There've been heaps of stories about Democratic and Republican preparations for today's back-to-back Hill appearances by Robert Mueller (beginning 8:30 a.m.), which the networks are calling the most anticipated hearings in a decade.
Yesterday afternoon, Axios' Jonathan Swan called Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz to get a Mueller preview. Gaetz, along with Reps. Jim Jordan and John Ratcliffe, are expected to be the most aggressive Republican questioners.
House Democrats spent 2½ hours in a "feisty" prep session — basically mock hearing — in the Rayburn House Office Building yesterday, NBC's Mike Memoli reported: "They say no one reads the book; everyone watches the movie."
Negative stories about Trump administration immigration policies are getting much more online attention than stories that appeal to readers with immigration views aligned with the president, Axios' Neal Rothschild writes.
Why it matters: The tracker — which measures reach and engagement of online posts— finds that immigration has been the campaign's top online issue by far.
By the numbers: Since March 1, among the top 100 articles about immigration, those likely to appeal to critics of the administration generated 23.1 million social interactions (likes, retweets shares). Those likely to appeal to readers who support the president's agenda have generated 11.1 million interactions.
The Justice Department announcement yesterday that the Antitrust Division will review the practices of "market-leading online platforms" that could kick off a years-long probe, Axios' David McCabe writes.
Why it matters: Antitrust action is one of the most significant steps a government can take to rein in a company.
The big picture ... Tech suddenly faces a multi-front war in Washington:
Between the lines: An antitrust prosecution would be a first for this generation of tech companies.
🇬🇧 Happening today ... LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson was due to enter 10 Downing St. as Britain's new prime minister on Wednesday, vowing to lead the U.K. out of the European Union and unite a country deeply divided over Brexit.
BBC senior North America reporter Anthony Zurcher, on how Americans see Johnson:
Trump himself got into the action, lauding Boris at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit: "He’s tough and he’s smart. ... They call him 'Britain Trump.' ... That’s what they need."
Neil Armstrong at Purdue in 2007. Photo: Michael Heinz/Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier via AP
"Neil Armstrong’s Death, and a Stormy, Secret $6 Million Settlement," reports the New York Times' Scott Shane and Sarah Kliff:
Why it matters: The conflict "illustrates the controversial but common practice of confidential settlements in medical malpractice and other liability cases, which protect reputations but hinder public accountability."
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) bemoans runaway government spending, in a WashPost front-pager — "GOP shrugs at deficits, debt under Trump":
But Kennedy told The Post he is open to supporting this week's agreement between President Trump and GOP lawmakers to lift the debt ceiling again, with hundreds of billions in new spending on top of it!
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Snap's stock price shot up more than 6% yesterday after the company beat analyst expectations, posting more than $388 million in revenue, per Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva.
Why it matters: Snap's share price has been steadily climbing since hitting its lowest price last December. The company is steadily seeking to make a comeback from its stumbles, like a mobile app redesign that failed to impress.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg "will have to personally certify that the company is taking steps to protect consumer privacy," under an FTC settlement expected to be announced today. (Wall Street Journal)
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The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will host what is believed to be the central bank's first research conference specifically on climate change, scoops Axios' Courtenay Brown.
Airport lounges "are offering spa treatments and expansive views of the tarmac, and most are upgrading their food options. A few have even added playrooms for families traveling with children," writes the New York Times' Julie Weed.
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