☕ Happy Saturday!
Situational awareness ... Trump tweets: "Will be leaving for Dover [Air Force Base] to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives [in Syria this week] in service to our Country!"
Last night's rare on-the-record statement from the Mueller team is a reckoning that journalism had coming: Amid some of the most impressive reporting of our lifetimes, there's plenty of questionable coverage in this shock-a-minute era.
Jonathan Swan points out that BuzzFeed's report that President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, if true, would put this presidency at existential risk.
Democrats read the story and began immediately dreaming up articles of impeachment.
BuzzFeed asserted that the accusation was supported by copious documentary evidence that would’ve cleanly fit attorney general nominee Bill Barr’s on-the-record definition of obstruction: internal Trump Organization "emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents."
Some of the coverage suggested end times for Trump:
Be cautious: This story is moving so fast.
P.S. My email exchange with BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith:
Smith said in a phoner with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow: "This is a line of reporting that has been repeatedly vindicated."
We expect, based on Jonathan Swan's conversations with sources familiar with the speech, that President Trump will use 3 p.m. ET remarks from the Diplomatic Reception Room to propose some form of broad immigration compromise.
P.S. "House Democrats have added more than $1 billion in border-related spending to a package of funding bills that would reopen most of the government." (N.Y. Times)
"Former President George W. Bush treated his Secret Service detail to pizza to show his appreciation for their service without paychecks during the partial government shutdown," per AP.
"In August, Pope Francis declared the death penalty morally unacceptable in all circumstances and committed the church to its global abolition," Aliza Plener Cover of the University of Idaho College of Law writes in a piece in tomorrow's WashPost Outlook, adapted from the Yale Law Journal Forum:
Students and activists thronged the Mall yesterday during the annual March for Life.
"Advisers to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz have been exploring the possibility of launching an independent bid for the White House in 2020," the WashPost's Michael Scherer reports.
Starting tomorrow night, North and South America will see a total lunar eclipse and supermoon wrapped into one, AP's Marcia Dunn writes:
The eclipse starts Sunday night or early Monday, depending on where you are, and will last about three hours.
"During totality, the moon will look red because of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere."
Watch a livestream from the Griffith Observatory in L.A., beginning just after 10:30 p.m. ET.
At the Australian Open in Melbourne today, preeminent champion Serena Williams, 37, consoled Dayana Yastremska, an 18-year-old from Ukraine, after defeating her 6-2, 6-1, AP's Howard Fendrich reports.
Then they embraced, and Williams patted Yastremska on the back.