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🌞 Good Tuesday morning.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was with President Trump in Palm Beach this weekend as the president awaited news of Robert Mueller's findings, tells Jonathan Swan that it was like "waiting on a jury."
Graham said that after learning that Attorney General William Barr's letter was exculpatory on Russia, Trump was "just frustrated, like: 'They turned my life upside down, they've ruined the lives of a lot of people around me, for nothing.'"
Officials at the White House and Trump's re-election campaign said they feel a sense of overwhelming relief.
For Trump himself, it was more complicated:
A source who was with Trump at Mar-a-Lago tells Axios' Alayna Treene that Trump "was initially frustrated with Barr" over the line saying the president hadn't been exonerated on obstruction of justice.
Over the weekend, Graham socialized with Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, and played golf with the president on Sunday. Graham said he told Trump several times after the Barr letter was released:
Graham said Trump is "upset about what happened to a lot of people in his family, and friends."
Graham said there's one person Trump has mentioned most as someone he feels badly about having been dragged into the investigation.
A second source, who was with Trump over the weekend in Palm Beach, said Trump mentioned "a couple of times, Paul Manafort's situation and how he was treated very unfairly. He said the guy was prosecuted because he worked for me."
Clean-cut underdog Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) is gaining momentum in early-primary states with crowds, TV hits and campaign cash, AP's Sara Burnett writes from Columbia, S.C.:
Buttigieg, a Rhodes scholar and former U.S. Navy Reserve officer, would be the youngest president and first openly gay president. He's been on "The View" twice.
What's next: "Buttigieg ... plans to double the size of his roughly 20-person team in the new few weeks, in preparation for an official campaign launch."
Be smart: I've been asking veteran Democrats what has made Mayor Pete such a cult figure. They say his freshness, novelty and fearlessness fit with the times — Trump wiped away all the assumptions about what you had to do to be ready.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
In the 1950s, 400 to 500 Americans died every year from measles and another 100 from chicken pox. In the last major outbreak of rubella — in 1964-65 — some 11,000 pregnant American women lost their babies and 2,100 newborns died.
The state of play: Much onus for this regression so far has been laid on the global anti-vaccination movement. But experts blame much more sweeping reasons, primarily a tectonic change in how humans live now as opposed to a few decades ago.
Apple announced "it was entering the competitive streaming arena with a service that will feature original series from such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey," per the L.A. Times.
Why it matters: "The push is part of the tech giant’s broader efforts to grow revenue from its services business as sales of its flagship product, the iPhone, slow down."
Sen. Kamala Harris today will unveil a teacher pay plan that would give the average teacher a $13,500 raise, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
Details: The plan would cost around $315 billion over 10 years, "paid for by strengthening the estate tax and cracking down on loopholes."
A new survey by Firehouse Strategies, a Republican firm, and 0ptimus finds President Trump's approval underwater in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — vital states from his 2016 map that form Dems' most likely path to 270.
Priorities USA, a top Democratic super PAC that emphasizes economic messaging, is pushing back on the belief of many party veterans that Dems risk overreach and backlash if they keep investigating Trump:
We have a sneak peek at the trailer, ahead of Supreme Court oral arguments today on partisan-redistricting cases from Maryland and North Carolina.
"Through 48 of the 63 games of the 2019 NCAA tournament, there is just one perfect bracket left across all major online bracket games," entered in the NCAA's Bracket Challenge Game, writes NCAA.com's Daniel Wilco.
The reaction from Gregg Nigl, who created the record-breaking bracket: "So wait, you’re saying I’m the first person to have ever done this? This is wild. I can't even believe it. I had no idea that this was even happening."