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Situational awareness: A White House school safety policy proposal unveiled last evening "has Trump renewing his support for arming teachers and other school employees on a volunteer basis," per NPR. "He stopped short of endorsing a higher age limit for would-be gun buyers." WashPost lead: "Trump retreats on age for guns."
As he set an audacious Mars target, Elon Musk — the Tesla and SpaceX visionary, introduced as liking things that go fast and go far — urged the young, ambitious crowd at South by Southwest in Austin yesterday to look up in more ways than one:
The specifics: Musk, 46, wants us to be a space-faring civilization, a multi-planet species, living on earth and elsewhere.
"The Trump administration is putting the finishing touches on its long-awaited Middle East peace plan ... and President Trump is likely to present it soon, despite risking swift rejection by the Palestinians," the N.Y. Times' Mark Landler writes:
P.S. Ahead of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the U.S. beginning a week from today, the N.Y. Times pops a stunning lead story, "Saudis Said to Use Coercion and Abuse to Seize Billions":
Farhad Manjoo's column about adopting a print-only news diet for two months has inspired an online conversation about coping with the digital glut. Here are two pieces that make you smile and make a point:
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The tallest building in Kentucky's capital city — the 28-story Capital Plaza Tower, a state office building from 1972 until 2016 — came crashing down in a controlled implosion, delighting thousands of onlookers.
"Fake news" has become ubiquitous as a signal to a politician's supporters to ignore legitimate reporting and hard questions, and as a smear of beleaguered and dwindling local press corps, AP's Ryan Foley writes:
In “Antisocial Media," New Yorker contributing editor Andrew Marantz discusses the state of free speech and the Web, with an inside look at Reddit, the Internet’s fourth-most-popular site, after Google, YouTube, and Facebook, and a well-known breeding ground for hate speech and trolling:
"The takedown of Travis Kalanick: The untold story of Uber's infighting, backstabbing, and multi-million-dollar exit packages," by Business Insider's Julie Bort (requires subscription to Business Insider Prime; was free for me in BI's app):
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
A new report by the International Energy Agency shared exclusively with Axios (being released today) finds a provision in a recently passed U.S. tax law is poised to drive a record amount of investment to carbon capture, Axios' Amy Harder writes from Houston in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column:
Michael Gerson, syndicated columnist and former top aide to George W. Bush, writes the cover story of the next issue of The Atlantic, "The Last Temptation ... How evangelicals ... became an anxious minority seeking political protection from the least traditionally religious president in living memory":
P.S. The N.Y. Times' second "most viewed" and "most tweeted" story this weekend was a Saturday front-pager, "A Quiet Exodus in White Evangelical Churches ... Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving," by Campbell Robertson from Fort Worth.
Ivanka Trump talks with International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in April. (Sean Gallup / Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump "has privately said she was naive when she first came to Washington ... unprepared for the palace infighting," the WashPost's Ashley Parker and Phil Rucker write in a front-pager:
All four of the three-week March Madness tournament’s No. 1 seeds — Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier — have been caught up in allegations of rule-breaking that have come up through an FBI investigation, AP's Eddie Pells points out:
Bracketology ... ESPN ranks all 68 teams, from "No real chance" to the top 10, "Your future national champion is (probably) here."
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