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Barr was in a rush to shape public view of this report


Barr’s rush to use this short letter to shape public views of what Mueller found — *without* releasing *what Mueller found* — sheds more light on his unusual “this weekend” timeline

Sen Blumenthal said high probability of additional indictments of Trump's family

maybe not through the DOJ but in other districts. He's on Ari Melber right now.

Barr sent a letter to Congressional leaders saying he may be able to advise them of conclusions

Barr notified congressional leaders in a letter that said he is "reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel's principle conclusions as soon as this weekend."


Barr also says he intends to consult with Mueller and with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law."

Peter Carr of the Special Counsel says they haven't provided any guidance on timing of report


Just to spell this out, the spokesman for the special counsel's office says they haven't provided any guidance on the timing of their report. Either someone has gotten a shop that doesn't leak to leak, or it's coming from other sources with undisclosed motivations.

Damn, Pete Buttigieg is impressive

He was just being grilled on Morning Joe and had well thought out policies and explained the pathways he'd use to get those policies passed. I didn't pay that much attention to him at first but the more I listen to him the more I like him.

Stacey Abrams met with Joe Biden today


Stacey Abrams met with Joe Biden today; she did not respond to questions about the 2020 presidential race or her meeting with Biden - @alivitali

The Ethiopian pilots received additional training after Indonesian crash

in how to handle the plane as mandated by Boeing for all pilots.

In remarks to local media, Tewolde also revealed that pilots received additional training from Boeing to fly the 737 Max after an Indonesian domestic Lion Air flight crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff last year.

“After the Lion Air crash, questions were raised, so Boeing sent further instructions that it said pilots should know,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “Those relate to the specific behavior of this specific type of aircraft. As a result, training was given by Boeing, and our pilots have taken it and put it into our manuals.”


Daniel Ellwell is acting head of the FAA . He was an aerospace industry lobbyist


Daniel Ellwell is the Acting head of the FAA. His bio here: https://www.faa.gov/about/key_officials/elwell/
“Elwell was Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) from 2008-2013. In this role, Elwell represented civil aerospace manufacturers and led policy development and advocacy


The top FAA job has been vacant for 14 months, airline enforcement fines have dropped 88% in two years and lengthy tarmac delays have doubled. Meantime, the U.S. is increasingly isolated in not acting on the Boeing 737 Max 8. https://www.wsj.com/articles/boeing-737-max-the-latest-example-of-a-passive-dot-11552409944 … via @WSJ


NEW: @Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg spoke by phone with TRUMP this a.m., urging him not to ground 737 Max 8s after Sunday’s crash.
* Muilenburg has tried to cultivate Trump. He visited Mar-a-Lago after AF1 dust-up, & Boeing donated $1M to Trump inaugural.

Boeing 737 Max 8 pilots complained to feds for months about suspected safety flaw

Pilots repeatedly voiced safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8 to federal authorities, with one captain calling the flight manual "inadequate and almost criminally insufficient" several months before Sunday's Ethiopian Air crash that killed 157 people, an investigation by The Dallas Morning News found.

The complaints are about the safety mechanism cited in preliminary reports for an October plane crash in Indonesia that killed 189. The disclosures found by The News reference problems during Boeing 737 Max 8 flights with an autopilot system, and they all occurred while trying to gain altitude during takeoff -- many mentioned the plane turning nose down suddenly. While records show these flights occurred during October and November, the information about which airlines the pilots were flying for is redacted from the database.

At least 18 carriers — including American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, the two largest U.S. carriers flying the 737 Max 8 — have also declined to ground planes, saying they are confident in the safety and "airworthiness" of their fleets. American and Southwest have 24 and 34 of the aircraft in their fleets, respectively.

The fifth complaint from the captain who called into question the 737 Max 8's flight manual ended: "The fact that this airplane requires such jury-rigging to fly is a red flag. Now we know the systems employed are error-prone — even if the pilots aren't sure what those systems are, what redundancies are in place and failure modes. I am left to wonder: what else don't I know?"


Explosive packages found at Heathrow, Waterloo and London City Airport

The "small improvised explosive devices" were found in A4 postal bags, the Metropolitan Police said.

The Met's Counter Terrorism Command is treating it as a "linked series" and "keeping an open mind regarding motives".

No-one has been hurt, the force added.

The Compass Centre in Heathrow's grounds was evacuated after a package was reported to police at about 09:55 GMT.

The device set alight when staff opened the bag, the Met said.

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