If you only read one thing today...

This is a remarkable opening paragraph: "President Trump is testing the rule of law one week after his acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial, seeking to bend the executive branch into an instrument for his personal and political vendetta against perceived enemies." Read the whole thing.

Justice Department controversy

President Donald Trump's meddling in the case involving longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone has shocked Washington [Politico].

President Trump directly implicated Attorney General William Barr in the controversy over the Justice Department's sentencing recommendation for Stone [Washington Post].

Federal prosecutors say they fear pressure from President Trump following his intervention in the Stone case [New York Times].

Trump turned his Twitter ire on Judge Amy Berman Jackson who will determine Stone's fate when he appears in her courtroom next week [Washington Post].

President Trump said his tweets criticizing Roger Stone's sentencing were political interference in the Justice Department's case against his friend [The Hill].

Wuhan virus

China reported a dramatic spike in the number of new cases of the coronavirus after a new system for diagnosing the condition [BBC].


House Democrats want the Secret Service to provide details on its payments to President Trump's private company after reports that the organization had been charged as much as $650 per night for hotel rooms [Washington Post].


Political ad spending this year is projected to jump 63% to a record $6.89 billion [Bloomberg].

Must-see TV

Attorney General Barr will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31 [Politico].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

A new book says President Trump repeatedly pelted former chief of staff Reince Priebus with questions about badgers, the official animal of Priebus' home state of Wisconsin. Trump would reportedly raise the questions at random and inopportune times [Busness Insider].

Crisis brewing?

The world is running short on sugar as Indonesia is seeking to import a record amount of the sweet stuff [Bloomberg].