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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Judge hands first sentence in Mueller probe | Trump says 'fake news' networks 'jealous' of Sinclair | Hits out at CNN president | Trump deadline on Iran deal nears | Parkland teens rankle the right | New food trend: Glitter

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE poses with his shiny, new, "fake news" whistle.



'Fake News' /noun/: A story that angers the ​current ​president: 

This morning, President Trump took swipes at the major news networks for being "fake news," suggesting they are "jealous" of Sinclair Broadcasting Group. He tweeted: "The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are worried about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast. The "Fakers" at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!"


WHAT SPARKED THIS TWEET -- YIKES: Over the weekend, a Deadspin clip showed dozens of Sinclair journalists around the country reading a scripted message warning of media bias and "fake news" in unison. The clip went viral -- it's worth watching:

REACTION TO THE SINCLAIR SCRIPT -- NOT PRETTY: The anti-"fake news" script has faced a whirlwind of criticism. For example: watch HBO host John Oliver respond to the clip on "Last Week Tonight" -- it's pretty brutal:

THEN LAST NIGHT -- SINCLAIR'S EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN FIRES BACK: In emails to New York magazine last night, Sinclair Broadcasting Group executive chairman David Smith lashed out against critics of the ad campaign. He said: "Facts and truth have been lost for a long time and likely to never return. The print media is so left wing as to be meaningless dribble which accounts for why the industry is and will fade away. Just no credibility." Full statement:


It's all about the media this morning, huh?: 

President Trump specifically went after CNN this morning, criticizing CNN president Jeff Zucker. CNN's public relations team then fired back. The back and forth:


It's Tuesday. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

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We're nearing fish-or-cut-bait time: 

Via The Hill's Rebecca Kheel, the deadline set by President Trump to either change the Iran nuclear deal or effectively withdraw from it is nearing. The deadline: May 12. Back story: When Trump extended Iran's sanctions relief in January, he pledged it would be the last time unless European allies agree to a supplemental deal to fix what the president sees as the fundamental problems with the nuclear pact negotiated by the Obama administration. The current situation: While negotiations with the Europeans are ongoing, hopes for a solution are increasingly fading. The likely scenario:



Just now — first sentence in the Mueller probe:

A federal judge sentenced Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan to 30 days in prison for lying to federal investigators in the first criminal sentence to result from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation. His charges: Van der Zwaan pleaded guilty in late February to making “materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations” to the special counsel’s office and FBI agents. Full story:


Bob Mueller, do your thing: 

The Department of Justice explicitly authorized special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate collusion between President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times Judge orders Stone to appear in court after he shared photo of her with crosshairs Roger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case MORE and the Russian government. How we know: A court filing last night in which Mueller's team defended its investigation. Full details: Court filing reported by The Associated Press:



To-mato, to-mahto, Mnuchin, Muzinich: 

Yesterday, President Trump announced he's planning to nominate Justin Muzinich to be deputy Treasury secretary. What to know about Muzinich: As a Treasury Department aide, he was involved in the administration's tax-cut efforts. OK, OK, so we have: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTop Chinese official heading to Washington for trade talks The Hill's Morning Report - Trump faces mounting challenges to emergency declaration White House confirms new trade talks with China MORE and Deputy Treasury Secretary Justin Muzinich. That's not confusing at all.


A new take on a familiar story line -- "Teenagers vs. _____":

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, the young activists who have pressed for stricter gun control since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in February have got under the right's skin, even as the success of their broader push for legislative change remains uncertain. Keep in mind: Veterans of previous social change movements say that the furious reactions are signs that the protesters are gaining ground.

UPDATE THIS MORNING -- FLORIDA MAYORS WANT AUTONOMY: Ten mayors in South Florida are suing the state in an effort to gain the right to implement their own gun laws in their cities. Which mayors: From cities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Op-ed: Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Obama, on why she thinks the Parkland students have been so effective:



Check out the Villanova scores in the screenshots below. This flute player is very emotionally invested:

This tweet has had a lot of traction. 



Congress is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C.

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Baltic states' heads of government in the Oval Office.

6:15 p.m. EDT Thursday: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) speaks at a Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service event. Facebook invite:

Thursday -- Sunday: The 2018 Masters Tournament. Details and schedule:



1:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with the Baltic states' heads of government. Livestream:

Friday: "Chappaquiddick" is released in theaters. Back story: The movie is about former Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-Mass.) car accident that resulted in the death of a 28-year-old woman. Review from Entertainment Weekly:



Today is National Chocolate Mousse Day.


Ugh, can we stop messing with the classics??:
Via The Washington Post's Maura Judkis, a new 2018 food trend is adding edible glitter to unexpected foods.


Glittery bagels:

Gravy with glitter:

Aaand the worst -- rainbow glitter pizza: Oh my god, this looks vile.


And because you made it this far, here's a happy dog who thinks this entire parade is for him.