Mueller report, Apple ‘special event’, ‘Us’: 5 things to know Monday

Mueller report: Trump claims vindication. Should he?

A summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation delivered to lawmakers Sunday said unequivocally that neither Trump nor his campaign conspired with Russian efforts to sway the election that put him in office. But the four-page summary fell short of giving the White House the “complete and total exoneration” the president, his lawyers and political allies claimed after Attorney General William Barr released it to lawmakers and the public. On the separate question of whether Trump sought to obstruct Mueller’s inquiry, the special counsel did not make a definitive finding. Barr said that Mueller found “evidence on both sides of the question” of whether or not Trump obstructed justice, but, in the end, he “did not draw a conclusion – one way or the other.” This doesn’t have a real “Monday” peg but it seemed really important but if you disagree feel free to find something better -Mabinty.

Will Apple reveal the streaming service we’ve been waiting for?

Apple is hosting another “special event” on Monday at the Steve Jobs Theater on the company’s Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California. The speculation this time around surrounds Apple’s long-expected streaming service, as it makes a further push into digital services and potentially plays catchup to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Monday’s “Showtime” event is likely to be a star-studded sneak peek of a new $9.99 monthly entertainment subscription service, offering series and movies from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Brie Larson. The question many of us have now: Is there a bulk deal? How much does Apple think we’re willing to pay for? If not, get ready for some possible backlash to streamers.

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Star Washington Capitals player won’t visit Trump at the White House

Goalie Braden Holtby said he will not join his Washington Capitals teammates when they visit President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday to observe last June’s Stanley Cup championship. “I have to stay true to my values,” Holtby told reporters. The Capitals told players that the decision on whether to attend the White House event was up to them. Capitals forward Brett Connolly has said publicly that he “respectfully declined” the opportunity for a tour of the White House and a private meeting with Trump.

‘Us’: Jordan Peele has done it again

Two years after Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” became a box-office sensation, his frightening follow-up, “Us,” debuted with $70.3 million in ticket sales, according to estimates Sunday. It was the largest debut for an original horror film (only the “It” remake and last year’s “Halloween” have surpassed it in the genre). “Us” took the top spot at the box office from “Captain Marvel,” which had reigned for two weeks. Final numbers are expected Monday.

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ premieres in Detroit

After decades of mystique and months of buildup, Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” has made it to its hometown premiere date. The late singer’s much-celebrated gospel film will premiere at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre on March 25 — the late Queen of Soul’s birthday. The Detroit premiere precedes the wider rollout in a few weeks, including a 1,000-screen nationwide theatrical run that starts April 19.

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Contributing: The Associated Press.

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