📚 Good Friday morning. Controversy doesn't always sell: Jill Abramson, former N.Y. Times executive editor, sold just over 2,800 copies of "Merchants of Truth" in the book's first week, according to NPD BookScan, which tracks 85% of the print market. (AP)
President Trump liked the idea of declaring a national emergency because it's the maximalist, most dramatic option, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports:
Examples of Trump's maximalist impulse include:
Months in the making: Last summer, Trump told Mick Mulvaney — then White House budget director, now chief of staff — to find him money to pay for the wall without going to Congress.
The reason some staff pushed back against the emergency was that they knew it would result in immediate court action (it obviously still will), and because they knew the backlash it would spur on Capitol Hill.
Be smart: Trump makes big decisions substantially through the lens of: "What can I sell to my people?"
Where President Trump plans to find additional wall funding, according to an outline the White House provided to Axios:
The White House makes this case that a national emergency "is a lawful, constrained use of Presidential power":
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Amazon's retreat from Queens reveals the dynamics of a new power game: Giant tech companies play as equals with governments, with massive influence over economies and communities, Axios' Scott Rosenberg and Ina Fried report.
How it works ... Amazon gave us a glimpse into the new playbook of how a tech company, functioning like a quasi-state, can flex its power:
Leaping to conclusions about who came out on top is a mistake:
Another way to play the game:
Apple said a year ago it was looking at a spot outside of California and Texas in which to expand. It decided instead to expand in Austin, pledging to invest $1 billion there.
Google announced last year a major expansion in New York, spending $2.4 billion to acquire Chelsea Market and then, in December, announcing a further $1 billion investment.
William Pelham Barr is sworn in yesterday as 85th attorney general of the United States, by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
"Travis Kalanick is secretly ramping up his first big venture after being pushed out as head of Uber, raiding his old company for staff as part of a multimillion-dollar plan to build a worldwide network of food delivery kitchens," the Financial Times' Tim Bradshaw and Shannon Bond report (subscription):
"Kalanick is hoping to tap into a trend that has sparked huge growth at Uber Eats and other food delivery services."
The first two Democratic presidential debates will each have two heats, with room for a total of 20 candidates who meet certain polling or grassroots fundraising thresholds, AP's Bill Barrow reports:
"Candidates can qualify by reaching 1% support in at least three national or early primary state polls," per AP.
Terry McAuliffe remembered the "Operator 1" calls from the days when President Bill Clinton would ring him at 1 a.m.
McAuliffe — who tells the story in his book coming July 16, "Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism" — was about to give a press conference. Trump, who was at his club in Bedminster, N.J., was also about to speak. McAuliffe told the president to go first, and said he'd wait.
The book, from the Thomas Dunne Books imprint of St. Martin’s Press, is — sadly — newly relevant after the blackface controversy in the government he left behind. Gov. Ralph Northam was lieutenant governor under McAuliffe.
Andrew Tyndall's Tyndall Report each year compiles a list of the "Most Heavily-Used Reporters" (anchors excluded) on the weekday nightly newscasts. Andrew gave Axios a preview of his list for 2018:
Bipartisanship is tough to come by inside Congress, but two formerly powerful House members are finding it on the outside.
Former congressmen Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania and Joe Crowley of New York, who have known each other for about 20 years, plan to work together in lobbying and government-relations.
The former congressmen are open to joining a firm, or starting their own.
Nine days before show time, there's a full-on revolt over the Oscars, AP film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr report:
Why it matters: "After years of #OscarSoWhite backlash, one infamous envelope mix-up and the reckoning that followed the expulsion of Harvey Weinstein from the academy, this year's Academy Awards drama has been self-inflicted."