"The Worst Thing That Happened to Donald Trump this Week" — Paul Rosenzweig, on the Lawfare blog: Special counsel "Robert Mueller has hired Michael Dreeben, on a part-time basis, to help with his investigation. Dreeben, a deputy in the Office of the Solicitor General, has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court. His specialty has, for the last 20 years, been criminal matters and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of criminal law."
Be smart: Mueller is amassing the talent arsenal you'd build to bring criminal charges.
Coming attractions ... Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was going to be pummeled with Russia questions during what was supposed to be a budget hearing before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday, switched yesterday and will appear Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The takeaway: All these moves show the Russia probe will remain constantly in Washington's forefront.
"Trump's son seems to confirm Comey's account of the president's comments on the Flynn investigation," by WashPost's Jenna Johnson:
What the White House wants to be asked about ... "Ivanka Trump back in the spotlight for workforce development week," by CNN's Betsy Klein: "The first daughter and presidential adviser will join her father at a series of events from Tuesday to Thursday to highlight administration initiatives on vocational training and apprenticeships as well as legislative priorities like college affordability."
Happening today ... "Uber Board to Discuss CEO Travis Kalanick's Possible Leave of Absence," by the Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger:
From the White House principal deputy press secretary, daughter of Mike Huckabee ...
"Uncertainty, More Than Populism, Is New Normal in Western Politics" "The Interpreter" column in the N.Y. Times, by Max Fisher and Amanda Taub:
Axios scoop ... "Fannie Mae exec to be nominated Treasury Deputy Secretary," by Jonathan Swan and Alexi McCammond:
These leadership precepts will serve you with any group of people you manage, large or small ...
"Set a High Bar, and Hold People to It": The weekly "Corner Office" column in the N.Y. Times Business section — Here's Chip Bergh, chief executive of Levi Strauss, interviewed by Adam Bryant:
"The big lesson for me ... is that you've got to be really transparent and straight with people, and if they're not cutting it, you've got to tell them where they're not cutting it. Hold the bar up high, and if it's not a good fit, call it.
"Being extremely transparent builds trust over time. I'm not a big fan of organizations where people backstab or talk behind others' backs. So when I've led teams, it's always been about how we work together to get the best results. ...
"I've never regretted moving too fast to let somebody go. I've had times when I've regretted waiting as long as I did to make a move. ... I also have some great turnaround stories where people were coached and showed they could raise their game."