🌍 Happy Saturday! Tomorrow is Easter. Monday is Earth Day.
📺 After 40 years, C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, the man who put Congress on live television, signs off, per The Wall Street Journal's Kyle Peterson (subscription).
Imagine Sen. Mitt Romney, instead of Bill Barr, was attorney general.
This is what Romney's summary of the Mueller report might have said, based on his statement yesterday:
I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President.
I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine.
Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.
Romney isn't A.G.
Barr is — and his selection, performance and public spin have turned out to be of inestimable value to the president in weathering Mueller's findings.
Even Barr's summary letter made it clear that the report was mixed, at best.
Be smart: It's working. Most Democrats, including Speaker Pelosi, are opposed to impeachment hearings.
Trump lawyers Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani tell Reuters' Karen Freifeld that they — along with fellow Trump lawyers Jane and Marty Raskin — spent at least 10 hours with the Mueller report at the Justice Department before it was public:
Meanwhile, Trump's euphoria is giving way to anger and recrimination, Bloomberg's Shannon Pettypiece and Jennifer Jacobs report:
"Runaway best teller" ... WashPost book critic Carlos Lozada, who this week won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, writes on the cover of tomorrow's Outlook section that Mueller's report is "the greatest nonfiction book about Trump":
The Mueller report is that rare Washington tell-all that surpasses its pre-publication hype.
Sure, it is a little longer than necessary. Too many footnotes and distracting redactions. The writing is often flat, and the first half of the book drags ...
The story shifts abruptly between riveting insider tales and dense legalisms. Its protagonist doesn’t really come alive until halfway through, once Volume I (on Russian interference) gives way to Volume II (on obstruction of justice). ...
The book reveals the president in all his impulsiveness, insecurity and growing disregard for rules and norms; White House aides alternating between deference to the man and defiance of his "crazy s---" requests; and a campaign team too inept to realize, or too reckless to care, when they might have been bending the law. ...
No need for a "Note on Use of Anonymous Sources" disclaimer. Mueller doesn’t just have receipts — he seems to know what almost everyone wanted to buy.
P.S. Reality check ... "Trump and his team love to deride unfavorable stories as 'fake news,' but it's clear from Robert Mueller's report that the special counsel isn't buying it," per AP Media Writer David Bauder:
This interactive graphic from Axios Visuals shows a categorized view of the Mueller report: Each passage is tagged, so you can find and count each reference to people, places and things.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on Columbine High School: On April 20, 1999, two teenage boys dressed in black trench coats killed 12 classmates and a teacher, and wounded two dozen others before taking their own lives.
Now, the survivors are raising kids in a world shaped by the attack:
Since Columbine, fears of school violence have grown, while research shows that schools are safer, the N.Y. Times' Dana Goldstein reports:
"In the 1990s, the crime rate at schools and in larger society was already beginning a historic decline."
Consumer-focused businesses (Pinterest) have more cachet, but tech startups (Zoom) that cater to companies are the hotter stock offerings, The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler writes (subscription):
The signature dish of the first Godiva café in America (at Lex and 50th in Manhattan) is the croiffle, a fun hybrid of a buttery croissant that's crisped to order in a waffle press, Bloomberg reports:
Be smart: "Croiffle" sure doesn't roll of the tongue like "cronut"!