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President Trump jokingly mused to donors about becoming a "president for life." But he has seriously courted a stunning swath of powerful global leaders who are unabashedly using an authoritarian, strongman mode of governing to defy the rule of law in the 21st century:
The N.Y. Times' David Brooks goes so far as to call Putin "the Most Influential Man in the World":
Why it matters, from Axios World editor Dave Lawler:
"China hit back [today] at the Trump administration’s plan to slap tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods, retaliating with a list of similar duties on key U.S. imports including soybeans, planes, cars, whiskey and chemicals," per Reuters:
Robert Mueller "informed President Trump’s attorneys last month that he is continuing to investigate the president but does not consider him a criminal target at this point," the WashPost's Carol Leonnig and Bob Costa report:
The 1968 bulletin ... "MEMPHIS, TENN., APRIL 4 (AP) Nobel Laureate Martin Luther King Jr., father of nonviolence in the American civil rights movement, was killed by an assassin's bullet Thursday night."
"This was like a war": Witnesses remember day MLK was shot, from AP:
Go deeper ... Historic photos and coverage from the N.Y. Times.
The Rev. Dr. William Barber II, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., who helped start the Poor People’s Campaign, patterned after the effort that Dr. King established to address urban poverty (in N.Y. Times front-pager, "As They Honor King, Churches Ask: How Far Have We Come?"):
Very aggressive action by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and a sign of more to come:
P.S. Variety cover story, "How Privacy Crisis Could Change Big Data Forever," by Todd Spangler:
Sticky-note solidarity for YouTube, from a Walmart office in San Bruno, Calif. (AP's Jeff Chiu)
"The chaos and fear that have shaken America gripped one of Silicon Valley’s iconic companies," per the San Jose Mercury News, from San Bruno:
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