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Situational awareness: "California is set to become the first state to require solar panels on all newly built single-family houses," effective in 2020. (L.A. Times)
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World leaders and experts warn of dominoes of destabilization in the Middle East. But a source who was with President Trump yesterday said he was in high spirits about his high-stakes decision to withdraw from the Iran deal.
Despite the momentous potential consequences, Jonathan Swan says Trump’s decision to pull out was one of the most predictable of his presidency:
A White House official told Swan that Trump “likes it when ‘experts’ are on CNN freaking out":
Ben Rhodes — a former Obama official deeply involved in the Iran deal who's now co-chair of National Security Action, a Democratic response to Trump — said during a visit to Axios yesterday that the announcement reflects “strategic incoherence" and a "bizarre" effort "to precipitate a crisis":
Go deeper, with Axios Expert Voices:
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National security adviser John Bolton, to Laura Ingraham on Fox:
"[T]his sends North Korea [the] signal that we’re not in these discussions with Kim Jong-un just to have a deal. We are in them to denuclearize North Korea."
He's making news on Twitter, building his social-media followers, teasing his announcements with reality-show theater, and is ubiquitous on cable TV.
Using Trumpian tactics, Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer, managed to push Iran and a big day of midterm primaries into prime time's background, with stunning charges in a "Project Sunlight" report he posted for reporters to feast on:
The art of the tease ... During a marathon appearance as election returns scrolled below him, Avenatti told CNN's Anderson Cooper:
If you missed that, you could catch Avenatti on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."
"For the first time in at least two decades, the majority of the nation’s top colleges are featuring women as their spring commencement speakers," AP's Collin Binkley reports:
Why it matters: Duh!
One big warning for Republicans in the midterm elections: Democrats got more votes for their money in every competitive special election since President Trump took office, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports:
In Ohio, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray is welcomed to the stage by his candidate for lieutenant governor, Betty Sutton. (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Three key results from the biggest night so far in midterm primaries:
From the prepared testimony of CIA Acting Director Gina Haspel, whose confirmation hearing for CIA director begins at 9:30 a.m.:
The White House tells Axios that two former members of the Senate Intelligence Committee will co-introduce Haspel at the hearing:
N.Y. Times Magazine cover story ... "Children of the Opioid Epidemic: In the midst of a national crisis, mothers addicted to drugs struggle to get off them — for their babies’ sake, and their own," by Jennifer Egan:
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti today will join WeWork founder and CEO Adam Neumann for the unveiling of a report showing economic ripple effects that the workspace company has on small businesses, neighborhoods and cities.
The reports cover New York, Chicago and L.A. Among the conclusions:
The reports follow yesterday’s announcement of Bjarke Ingles as the company's first Chief Architect.
Bill Gates as film buff ... In a recent conversation with STAT reporters and editors, Gates spoke animatedly about movies about bioterrorism and pandemics:
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