Good Saturday morning from Cathie and Nels' bonus room in Oregon. Passover began at sundown. Tomorrow is Easter (and April Fool's Day). Men's Final Four games are tonight in San Antonio.
Situational awareness: In private, Trump has mused about Syria pullout for weeks; top advisers have been fretting about overly hasty withdrawal. (AP) ... "Some senior Trump administration officials are pressing for more aggressive action toward Russia, hoping to persuade a reluctant President Trump to change his approach." (N.Y. Times)
Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist, shows where Stephon Clark was hit by bullets. (AP's Rich Pedroncelli)
Vivid, egregious new facts about two police-shooting cases in capital cities are reigniting community fury in Sacramento, Calif., and Baton Rouge, La.
In Sacramento, Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man in his grandmother's backyard, "was shot six times in the back and eight times total, ... according to a private autopsy released ... by his family's legal team." (Sacramento Bee)
In Baton Rouge, the officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling, who was selling homemade CDs two summers ago outside a convenience store, was fired after officer bodycam video showed the officer twice calling Sterling "Stupid motherf---er" as he lay motionless and bleeding. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Why it matters: Joanna C. Schwartz, a vice dean at UCLA School of Law who has written scholarly papers about police misconduct, tells me:
In Sacramento, "Clark, 22, was killed March 18 after Sacramento police received reports of a car burglar," per the Bee:
In Baton Rouge, officer bodycam video showed this exchange between 37-year-old Alton Sterling and the officer, Blane Salamoni, per the Times-Picayune:
Breaking ... Trump escalates anti-Amazon tweeting this a.m.: "The Failing N.Y. Times reports that 'the size of the company’s lobbying staff has ballooned,' and that ... .does not include the Fake Washington Post, which is used as a 'lobbyist' and should so REGISTER." Details, with our fact check.
Big Tech has lost $278 billion in stock-market value since the Facebook data-harvesting revelations two weekends ago, per the Financial Times (subscription):
"Investors have been nervous for months that the growing political backlash against Big Tech would lead to a new wave of regulations or taxes, though they did not have anything specific to attach their fears to. Now they do," the Financial Times reports:
Behind the curtain ... A tech company's chief Washington lobbyist says that in group discussions with tech execs, "everyone says, ‘We have to stick together.' But then everyone goes out there and says, ‘It’s Facebook’s problem, not ours.'"
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Robert Bienenfeld, an assistant vice president at American Honda Motor, on an EPA proposal expected to loosen emission and fuel economy regulations well beyond what the automakers had sought:
Israeli soldiers stand as Palestinian protesters gather on the Israel-Gaza border yesterday. (AP's Tsafrir Abayov)
"At least 16 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured on Friday by Israeli security forces confronting one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years, Gaza medical officials said," per Reuters:
More than Michael ... The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James broke Michael Jordan's NBA record by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight regular-season game, AP's Tom Withers writes from Cleveland:
The takeaway: Stay healthy, be consistent.
"Goodbye Gefilte Fish! Hello Pizza! Passover Rebels Break With Tradition ... Tired of Seder staples, some cooks skip brisket for unorthodox dishes made from holiday-friendly ingredients. Passing over that 'soggy ball of matzo'" — Wall Street Journal A-hed by Sarah Needleman (subscription):
Have a peaceful holiday weekend, and stay up to date on Axios.com.