🌷 Good Monday morning. Tomorrow is the first day of spring.
Today was the debut of our new daily Axios segment, “1 Big Thing," airing at 5:55 a.m. ET on MSNBC's “First Look,” in the lead-in to “Morning Joe."
Exclusive for "First Look": Axios has learned that special counsel Robert Mueller has focused on events since the election — not during the campaign — in his conversations with President Trump's lawyers.
The Mueller and Trump teams are hoping to work out the specifics of a presidential interview within the next few weeks.
After a weekend of increasingly personal and vocal battles with Mueller, the White House extended an awkward olive branch on Sunday night, with White House lawyer Ty Cobb issuing this statement:
Money for McCabe: Sources expect that former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe — fired on Friday night, just 26 hours short of eligibility for his full pension — will collect at least some of it, although how much remains murky.
P.S. CNN's Brian Stelter points out an apparent effect of Trump's weekend fulminations: James Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty," out April 17, went from #15 on Amazon's best sellers on Saturday morning, to #1 (where it remains) by Sunday.
On Saturday, in conjunction with the Florida students’ #NeverAgain march in D.C., teen organizers will hold more than 700 other marches across the country, covering 387 congressional districts in all 50 states.
John Feinblatt — president of Everytown for Gun Safety, founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — told me this is the “mass-shooting generation” that’s mobilizing:
Behind the curtain: The group is offering local organizers a PDF "tool kit" that includes downloadable graphics, sample Facebook and Instagram posts, a draft press release, and talking points for a rally speech or media interviews.
The handbook's social-media advice includes ... "What to post: Photos of the march ... Fun or poignant march signs ... Photos of the crowd to show scale."
"Government officials in the U.S. and Europe are demanding answers from Facebook Inc. after reports that Cambridge Analytica, the advertising-data firm that [consulted to the Trump campaign], retained information on tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent," Bloomberg reports:
The head of the British Parliament’s media committee, conservative legislator Damian Collins, accused Facebook of misleading officials by downplaying the risk of users’ data being shared without their consent, AP reports:
How it's playing ... Commentary by CNBC Tech editorial director Matt Rosoff:
In a new program, Google is partnering with retailers including Target, Walmart, Home Depot and Costco, according to Reuters:
"Vladimir Putin was ... set for another six years in power after his landslide victory in Russia's presidential election but so far only close allies have congratulated him as Moscow's relations with the West disintegrate," per AFP:
Why it matters, from AP: "Putin now has a stronger hold on Russia, and stronger place in the world, thanks to an overwhelming mandate for yet another term as president."
Ahead of his White House visit tomorrow, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, gave a rare interview to Norah O'Donnell on CBS News' "60 Minutes":
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios
A biofuels standard Congress passed more than a decade ago has devolved into an arcane fight over market share that has nothing to do with the initial goals, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" column:
New York magazine cover story by Olivia Nuzzi, "What Hope Hicks Knows":
Hicks took out one of her notebooks, black leather with the Trump name embossed in gold on the front. She’d prayed a lot over the weekend, and also written two lists in the same bubbly print that had recently been photographed on a note card in Trump’s hand, reminding him to tell survivors of a school shooting, among other things, “I hear you.” One list contained reasons to resign as White House communications director immediately; the other, reasons to wait to resign. Not resigning at all wasn’t a consideration.
Two glossy takes on my governor in my Golden State youth, who'll turn 80 on April 7 ...
"The Last Days of Jerry Brown ... After more than 40 years in public life, 15 as governor of California, he is as combative and contradictory as ever — and still trying to save the world from itself," by Andy Kroll in California Sunday Magazine:
Just posted by The New Yorker ... "Inside California’s War on Trump: As the state resists the White House on issues from immigration to climate change, Governor Jerry Brown is determined to avoid a pitched battle," by Connie Bruck:
Bark bracket ... Retriever Fever was catching after the underdog win by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with hoop fans and dog fanciers posting pictures of lovable retrievers on social media, AP's Ben Walker writes:
Chaser ... "UMBC's improbable run through the NCAA Tournament was brief. ... For one weekend in March, the tiny commuter school from Baltimore known for its academics and championship-winning chess team captured the hearts of the college basketball world and beyond."
P.S. What's an NCAA Tournament upset worth? AP's Ralph Russo:
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