Good Wednesday morning. It's Mueller Eve!
- President Trump tweets his 2020 prediction: "I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists ... I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul!"
Good Wednesday morning. It's Mueller Eve!
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
Parents are relying more than ever on digital babysitters and device-led playtime to entertain their children, making it increasingly difficult to monitor what their kids are seeing, Axios' Kim Hart and Sara Fischer report.
While the impact of technology on kids is still relatively unknown due to a lack of long-term research, researchers attribute more screen time to increased demands on parents and the convenience of always-on smartphones and tablets.
Baby boomers and Gen-X-ers often reminisce about the days of meeting up with friends at the neighborhood cul-de-sac or mall. But today, many parents are less comfortable sending their children outside to play unattended.
New in-depth reports on Facebook portray Mark Zuckerberg as a tough negotiator and shrewd wielder of power — miles from the geeky whiz kid image that kicked off his public life, Axios' Sara Fischer and Scott Rosenberg write.
NBC's Olivia Solon and Cyrus Farivar reviewed 4,000 pages of documents — including emails, webchats, presentations and meeting summaries — mostly from 2011 through 2015, leaked from the proceedings of a U.K. lawsuit brought by the maker of a now-defunct app against Facebook.
A WIRED account of Facebook's crisis-plagued last year sheds new light on the company's seeming paralysis in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica revelations a year ago.
Since then, Zuckerberg has been on a roll.
The big picture: Despite Facebook's endless trials, Zuckerberg has never been more in charge.
What's new: In the second veto of his presidency, President Trump last evening vetoed a resolution passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. Congress lacks the votes to override the veto, AP reports.
Why it matters, from Jonathan Swan: Trump’s relationship with the Senate is at an all-time low in his presidency.
We won’t overstate it: Trump has a hold over the party and remains popular with Republican voters, so lawmakers will still side with him when it counts. But acts of defiance are becoming more frequent, and should worry the White House.
Above, flames and smoke rise as the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral collapses in Paris on Monday.
French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild Notre Dame "even more beautifully" within five years, as all of France's cathedrals prepared to ring their bells today to mark 48 hours since the colossal fire began, AFP reports.
P.S. ... "$1 billion raised to rebuild Paris' Notre Dame after fire," per ABC News.
Above, worshippers arrive for mass at the cathedral on June 26, 2018.
Below is the same view in the aftermath of the Holy Week inferno.
The iPhone age is providing a new form of intelligence for political reporters, who used to depend on whispers about a secret campaign launch.
Joe Biden was recently spotted at his childhood home in Scranton, Pa., obviously taping a commercial for a campaign launch that's expected after Easter.
The photo above is Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) in his hometown of Marblehead, Mass., taping for a presidential announcement that's expected within a week, according to a source close to Moulton.
Moulton, 40, ran on "bringing a new generation of leadership to Washington."
Matt Corridoni, a Moulton aide, tells me: "Seth has said he's seriously thinking about running and will announce his decision by the end of the month."
Ohio swing voters think that among the younger 2020 candidates, President Trump should be most concerned about Beto O'Rourke — but they're not sure the Democrat can win, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports from Bowling Green.
Although these voters — who have flipped between parties in past presidential elections — ranked Beto as the biggest threat among the four candidates, they only scored him a 5.7 out of 10.
This is amazing: Five of the 12 participants scored Joe Biden a zero on recognizability — as in they had no idea who he was.
After watching videos of the four candidates, the voters were asked to rate the Democratic Party's future, on a scale where zero is "dim" and 10 is "bright."
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Some of the biggest names on Wall Street are partnering with climate science groups to produce the first countrywide, property-level maps attempting to financially navigate the age of extreme weather-driven calamity, reports Axios future editor Steve LeVine.
Their early conclusion: An all-but oblivious Wall Street is underpricing the risk of intense heat, wildfires, drought, storms and floods to their investments.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' town hall on Fox News on Monday was the most-watched Democratic event of 2020 so far, AP reports.
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" season premiere was the most-watched one-day event in the history of HBO.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Suddenly the f-word is everywhere: Two presidential candidates. A Supreme Court case. Bookstore bestsellers.
The tone comes from the top: Back during the 2016 campaign, a New York Times editor wrote a column responding to "an onslaught of reader mail" after the "Access Hollywood" tape surfaced: "Printing Donald Trump’s Vulgarities."
The curse is now commonplace. Just this week:
And the internet loved it back in November, when Beto O'Rourke said on live TV, during his concession speech for U.S. Senate in Texas:
For 121 weeks (and continuing next weekend), the N.Y. Times bestseller list for advice books has included "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life," by blogger Mark Manson.
Back in December, Slate asked: "Why Are There So Many F**king Best-sellers Right Now With F**k in the Title?"
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