🏀 Good Saturday morning.
Attorney General Bill Barr leaves his house in McLean yesterday; Robert Mueller drives himself to work on Thursday. (Getty Images)
With Robert Mueller's delivery of his report, and word from the Justice Department that he would have no more indictments, President Trump's legal team believes the immediate threat to the presidency has passed.
No one named "Trump" will be indicted by the special counsel.
The split-screen America ahead:
The bottom line ... There are two forms of "collusion delusion":
Be smart: The new defining question for American politics is: Will Democrats demand the nation stick to historical norms of proper presidential behavior, or will Mueller's revelations be the new standard?
President Trump's legal and political pursuers will hardly back off based on the Mueller report. Consider what else is ramping up:
Be smart: Pelosi's opposition to impeachment + Trump's shield of no collusion indictments = The high likelihood his fate will be settled on Election Day.
"It's so much, it's so gradual, it's so complicated, people don't have a chance to sort of pause, catch their breath and ... survey the whole story that [Mueller has] found ... I think if you took it all in in one day, it would kill you."— David Kris, former Justice Department national security division chief, to The Washington Post
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
China is about to land a commercial beachhead in the heart of Europe, when Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte sign a Belt and Road accord in Rome, Axios Future Editor Steve LeVine writes.
The agreement will make Italy the first G7 country to join Belt and Road, a network of highways, ports, railroads and energy pipelines that are quickly setting commercial terms around the world.
"Helicopter parenting, the practice of hovering anxiously near one’s children, monitoring their every activity, is so 20th century.
"Some affluent mothers and fathers now are more like snowplows: machines chugging ahead, clearing any obstacles in their child’s path to success," the N.Y. Times' Claire Cain Miller and Jonah Engel Bromwich write.
"How Not to Be a Snowplow Parent," by Rachel Simmons, co-founder of Girls Leadership, for The Times: