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What Trump is thinking ... A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities:
David Ignatius, on "Morning Joe," said this shows Trump is moving toward more of a "scrappy ... cable news style defense."
The intrigue: In private conversations, the president has recently exhibited less confidence in his team.
The N.Y. Times said diGenova "has pushed the theory on television that the F.B.I. and Justice Department framed Mr. Trump," and "will serve as an outspoken player for the president."
Fun fact: DiGenova's father was an opera singer and professional singer. His son has an operatic voice and is a frequent "ringer" at the Gridiron Club's annual dinner, playing prominent politicians as part of the journalists' spoofs and skits.
Senate President Pro Tem Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), to CNN's Manu Raju, on Mueller:
It would be the stupidest thing the president could do, is fire him.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging, Axios' Sara Fischer and Kim Hart report:
The latest: The saga got even worse Monday night when the New York Times reported that the company's chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, is leaving the company after clashing with colleagues on how to handle disclosures of Russian activity on Facebook.
Facebook's response: The company responded with a rapid-fire defense with executive-penned blog posts and tweet storms — and sent out executives to let everyone know it was outraged.
Carmakers and tech companies may considerably delay their rollout of fuller autonomous driving after the death of a woman pedestrian who was run over by a self-driven Uber in Arizona, Axios future editor Steve Levine reports:
Investigators work yesterday at the scene of a bombing in Austin. (Suzanne Cordeiro / AFP / Getty Images)
Breaking: possible fifth package bomb ... "A package believed to be bound for Austin exploded at a Texas FedEx facility overnight," per the WashPost:
Austin, the Texas capital, is confronting what "what now appears to be a serial bomber" the Austin American-Statesman reports:
Racial motive feared at first, per N.Y. Times: "The bombings ... alarmed black leaders because the two people killed were African-American and the seriously wounded victim was a 75-year-old Hispanic woman. ... The explosion Sunday, which injured two white men, suggested that the bomber or bombers were driven by something other than racial bias."
"The Trump administration plans to impose tariffs worth as much as $60 billion on Chinese products as early as this week to punish Beijing for what the U.S. perceives as intellectual property theft from American businesses," Bloomberg reports.
What's next, from Reuters: "One business source ... said that the China tariffs may be subject to a public comment period, which would delay their effective date and allow industry groups and companies to lodge objections."
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who drew national acclaim last year with an eloquent speech about the removal of Confederate monuments in his city, is out today with "In the Shadow of Statues," from Viking:
See the video of the speech.
"As schools around the U.S. look for ways to impose tougher security measures, ... they don't have to look further than urban districts such as Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York that installed metal detectors and other security in the 1980s and 1990s to combat gang and drug violence," AP reports:
"Harvey Weinstein's embattled movie studio — once a premier maker of award-winning films — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy more than five months after sexual misconduct allegations against its co-founder sent the company spiraling out of control," the L.A. Times reports:
P.S. "MGM CEO Gary Barber has been fired by the studio’s board of directors — just five months after he signed a new contract that runs through 2022," per Variety:
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Wind and white frost have formed an ice sculpture on Brocken mountain in the Harz region of Germany.
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