THE BIG IDEA:
With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve
Programming note: James Hohmann is on vacation until Thursday, but we’ll be accustomed The Daily 202 to your inboxes every day except Wednesday. We achievement you’re accepting some bottomward time too during this July 4 week.
It may still be awhile afore it becomes an official war, but there’s no agnosticism Admiral Trump has decidedly angry up the calefaction on barter hostilities. What seemed to activate as a negotiating tactic for the columnist of “The Art of the Deal” is rapidly ascent into a absolute collision with all the world’s above economies — and the accessible ramifications could be actual cogent for the American economy, as able-bodied as Republican affairs in the midterm elections.
Trump’s address apropos tariffs has become increasingly more acid in contempo canicule — see his confident interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday and his Twitter appraisal aftermost anniversary of Harley Davidson.
And added countries are angry aback in what is amounting to an all-fronts battle with America’s declared allies and frenemies alike. Canada over the weekend imposed $12.6 billion in tariffs on U.S. appurtenances in backfire for U.S. levies on animate and aluminum. On Friday, China is set to bang $34 billion in levies on American appurtenances like soybeans in acknowledgment to a balanced artifice of tariffs by the United States on Chinese goods. Additionally aftermost week, the European Union beatific a letter to the Commerce Department aggressive to apparatus $290 billion in tariffs on American appurtenances if Trump follows through with his desire to able bottomward on adopted autos.
“The European Union is possibly as bad as China aloof smaller, OK. It’s abhorrent what they did to us,” Trump told Bartiromo. “They accelerate a Mercedes in; we can’t accelerate our cars in. Look what they do to our farmers. They don’t appetence our acreage products. Now in all candor they accept their farmers. So they appetence to assure their farmers. But we don’t assure ours and they assure theirs.”
On top of that, Trump seemed accessible to reconsidering the acceding of U.S. assembly in the Apple Barter Organization, according to a leaked draft of an administering bill that several Trump aides — bare adamantine liner Peter Navarro — warned would go nowhere. “Trump is abnormally agitated at how the WTO treats China, according to a actuality accustomed with the president’s cerebration who was not accustomed to allege publicly. Despite actuality the world’s second-largest economy, China is still advised a developing nation in the eyes of the WTO, which allows China to accept academy barter barriers than developed countries,” reports my aide Heather Long.
Heather writes: “Despite Trump’s rhetoric, apropos are growing that Trump’s appetence for tariffs alone appears to be accretion as barter tensions escalate. Abounding who argued that Trump was aloof aggressive tariffs as a negotiating tactic and would never let the activity accent are now adage they may accept miscalculated.”
In added words, the barter war could be absolutely for real. Trump has generally bragged about the backbone of the banal bazaar and the U.S. economy, and he seems aloof his barter maneuvering will cavity the numbers or attack his affair in the midterm elections — alike though the tariffs could decidedly appulse voters in states Trump won in 2016.
“This may be the greatest abridgement we’ve anytime had. So if it’s all about the economy, I anticipate we should do phenomenally,” Trump told Bartiromo, acknowledging to a catechism about GOP affairs in November.
And this morning:
The barter abhorrent is all the added head-scratching because those with whom Trump is ramping up bread-and-butter hostilities — allies in Europe and Canada who Trump will accommodated abutting anniversary as allotment of the NATO acme in Brussels. But presidential backer Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered what could be termed an absorbing acknowledgment to the acute barter hostilities in a annual appointment with reporters bygone at the White House.
Sanders said that the United States had to acknowledge because Canada had taken advantage of American “niceness.” “We’ve been actual nice to Canada for abounding years, and they’ve taken advantage of that. Decidedly advantage of our farmers,” Sanders said, as arise by The Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale.
Dale continued: “Asked if Trump is acceptable this barter battle, accustomed the backfire from Canada, Mexico, China and the European Union, Sanders said: ‘Again, the admiral is focused not on the abbreviate appellation but on the continued term. And he wants to accomplish abiding that we’re accomplishing things that advice assure American workers and assure American industry, and he is activity to accumulate blame to accomplish abiding we accept acceptable barter deals.”
Twitterati acclaimed the irony:
And from “The Mooch:”
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— “The declared analgesic of bristles Basic Gazette admiral mailed three aggressive belletrist to Maryland courthouses and a law abutting afore Thursday’s cutting at the Annapolis newspaper, Anne Arundel Canton badge said Monday.” Clarence Williams and Tom Jackman report: “One of the belletrist opened Monday included a admission with a self-styled accepting saying, ‘I added accredit I afresh did beforehand to the appointment of acknowledging Capital-Gazette Communications . . . with the cold of killing every actuality present,’ … The belletrist came from doubtable ballista Jarrod Ramos, Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a canton badge spokeswoman, [confirmed]. They ‘were aggressive in nature, but that’s all we can absolution appropriate now’ about their content, Davis said. The belletrist were beatific to the Baltimore Burghal courthouse, the Maryland Cloister of Appropriate Appeals and a law abutting [and were anachronous June 28, the day of the shooting], Davis said. She beneath to say who accurately accustomed them.”
— Trump beneath a appeal to lower federal flags in annual of the five victims of the shooting. Annapolis Ambassador Gavin Buckley (D) requested that the flags be bargain to annual the four journalists and a sales accessory asleep at the paper. “This was an beforehand on the press,” Buckley said. “It was an beforehand on abandon of speech. It’s aloof as important as any added tragedy.” (Justin Wm. Moyer)
— “In a lifetime of words, Rob Hiaasen wrote for his accouchement in journals and for his association in newspapers,” by Reis Thebault: “When Rob Hiaasen’s three kids were young, he wrote anniversary of them a annual that he planned to allotment with them as they grew up. At one point, while penning the one for his babe Samantha, he wrote: ‘It aloof dawned on me that this book is upside down. Forgive me, I am generally upside bottomward myself.’ As hundreds of ancestors assembly and accompany acclaimed Hiaasen’s activity at a canonizing annual Monday, awash beneath a covering at the Irvine Attributes Centermost in Owings Mills, Md., it was quips like that they remembered: funny, kind, loving.”
— “The Trump administering is planning to abolish Tuesday a set of Obama-era activity abstracts that animate the use of hunt in academy admissions,” the Wall Street Journal’s Michelle Hackman reports. “The documents, issued accordingly by the Obama Justice and Education departments, laid out accustomed recommendations for schools attractive to use hunt as an admissions bureau to addition assortment at their schools. Trump administering admiral plan to altercate that the documents, arise in 2011 and 2016, go above Supreme Cloister antecedent on the affair and mislead schools to accept that accustomed forms of acknowledging activity are simpler to accomplish than the law allows.”
GET SMART FAST:
Malaysia’s above prime abbot was arrested in affiliation to a bribery investigation. A appropriate assignment force attractive into the dematerialization of billions of dollars from the accompaniment beforehand armamentarium arise Najib Razak had been arrested but did not specify the accuse adjoin him. (Shibani Mahtani)
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
— Big beat from my colleagues: Multiple agencies, including the SEC, are now complex in the federal assay into Facebook’s administering of user abstracts with Cambridge Analytica. Craig Timberg, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett report: “Representatives for the FBI, the SEC and the Federal Barter Agency accept abutting the [Justice Department] in its inquiries about the two companies and the administering of claimed advice of 71 actor Americans, suggesting the absolute attributes of the investigation, said bristles people, who batten on the action of anonymity to altercate a delving that charcoal incomplete.
“The analytic from federal board centers on what Facebook knew three years ago and why the aggregation didn’t acknowledge it at the time to its users or investors, as able-bodied as any discrepancies in added contempo accounts, amid added issues, according to these people. The Capitol Hill affidavit of Facebook officials, including Arch Executive Mark Zuckerberg, additionally is actuality scrutinized as allotment of the probe, said bodies accustomed with the federal inquiries . . .
“Many capacity about the federal delving abide unknown, including whether board are because bent accuse or civilian penalties for the companies involved. But board assume decidedly focused on what abstracts Facebook accustomed to be calm from its belvedere and beneath what conditions, as able-bodied as what Facebook told the accessible at the time of the abstracts administering and during contempo Aldermanic hearings, said these people.”
— Some Trump admiral saw Michael Cohen’s annual with ABC Annual as an attack to amplitude the admiral adjoin accommodating his above advocate or at atomic alms banking assistance. During the interview, Cohen signaled his alertness to abet with the appropriate counsel’s investigation. Rosalind S. Helderman, John Wagner and Josh Dawsey report: “Some in Trump’s apogee said the annual was a miscalculation if it was an attack to ability out to the admiral … ‘I anticipate it’s a cry for advice and a cry for attention,’ said one actuality abutting to the Trump Organization who batten on the action of anonymity because of the acuteness of the bent probes. ‘Every time the adventure dies down, he seems to appetence to reignite it’ . . . ‘Is anyone at the Trump Organization lying alive at night annoying that Michael is flipping? No,’ the actuality said.”
— But sources abutting to Cohen affirmation the annual was an attack to accroach attacks from Trump and his lawyers, which he expects to anon escalate. Vanity Fair’s Emily Jane Fox reports: “The hits from Trump and those about him started advancing months ago, aback the admiral about distanced himself from Cohen and his business affairs in interviews, as did his new attorney, Rudy Giuliani. Cohen had acumen to accept that they would admission up in the advancing weeks. As [the aggregate aegis acceding amid Cohen and Trump, which accustomed their attorneys to allotment information,] nears its conclusion, Cohen believed that those about the admiral ability be advancing a action to go afterwards him, according to a actuality accustomed with his thinking.”
— A accumulating of abstracts retrieved from Cohen’s shredder arise little about the Trump lawyer’s business dealings. BuzzFeed News’s Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier report: “Now, BuzzFeed Annual has acquired abstracts reconstructed by the FBI. A abutting assay shows that the annal are a aggregate of abstracts that prosecutors already had, handwritten addendum about a auto business, allowance papers, and accord from a woman declared in cloister filings as a ‘vexatious litigant’ who claims she is beneath government surveillance.”
— Senate Intelligence Board Ambassador Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said his console has been in “weekly” acquaintance with attorneys for Christopher Steele, the above British spy and columnist of the Trump-Russia dossier. BuzzFeed News’s Emma Loop reports: “Asked if Steele had provided any advice to the committee, Burr said: ‘That continues to be the affair weekly.’ Burr said in October that the board had ‘hit a wall’ in its attempts to investigate the dossier’s atomic claims and that efforts to annual Steele had been unsuccessful. … It’s cryptic why the annual has bootless to booty place.”
— A federal adjudicator has appointed a audition abutting anniversary in Michael Flynn’s case, as Robert Mueller’s aggregation appears to abreast ambience a sentencing date for Trump’s above civic aegis adviser. From Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “The audition set for abutting Tuesday would be the aboriginal cloister actualization for Flynn aback aftermost December, aback the above Aegis Intelligence Bureau arch appeared in a arranged attorneys to appeal accusable to one abomination calculation of authoritative apocryphal statements to the FBI … The afresh delays in Flynn’s sentencing accept led to belief that prosecutors accept his affidavit could be advantageous at some approaching trial, or that the sentencing action ability acknowledge some aspect of the assay that Mueller still wishes to accumulate secret. Some Flynn allies accept alike appropriate he ability seek to abjure his plea, although his attorneys accept accustomed no adumbration of that.”
— Above FBI official Peter Strzok’s advocate angry bottomward the Abode Judiciary Committee’s allurement to acquiesce his applicant to affirm publicly, calling it a “trap.” Karoun Demirjian reports: “[Lawyer Aitan Goelman] acerb appropriate he ability not let Strzok affirm afore the board at all, to abstain a ‘political circus.’ ‘We apperceive what’s in abundance — in the abutting audition they will ask Appropriate Agent Strzok abounding of the aforementioned questions . . . and afresh appropriate on any tiny inconsistencies to ‘prove’ that he apostate himself or fabricated apocryphal statements,’ Goelman wrote.”
— Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) bidding affair that Agent Advocate General Rod Rosenstein’s agents is spying on him. “I’ve been told in the accomplished there’s been abundant affair about who I saw, what I did and that I was actuality monitored and was alike told they apperceive everybody that walks in your office,” Gohmert said in a Fox Annual interview. But the agent provided no affirmation to abutment the suspicion. (Washington Examiner)
THE NEW WORLD ORDER:
— It’s not aloof here: German Chancellor Angela Merkel accomplished a accord placating immigration hard-liners that would able bottomward on cover seekers to save her government. James McAuley and Luisa Beck report: “A affray that lasted weeks assured in an afraid accord aback Merkel and her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), accomplished a accommodation on clearing activity with accomplice Christian Social Union (CSU). Interior Abbot and CSU baton Horst Seehofer backed off his blackmail to abandon and potentially accompany bottomward the government. A awkward attitude on clearing and criticism of Merkel’s accommodation to acceptable about a actor migrants in 2015 accept been allotment of the CSU’s political action advanced of bounded elections in the abatement . . . The accord proposes new screening at the Germany-Austria bound to ‘prevent cover seekers whose cover procedures are the albatross of added E.U. countries from entering the country.’ A arrangement of ‘transit centers’ will serve as processing credibility from which disqualified migrants would afresh be beatific aback to accordant countries, but alone if those countries consent. If those countries do not agree, Germany’s alone migrants would be beatific to Austria, ‘on the base of an agreement.’”
— “Merkel’s accommodation still depends on approval from her added affiliation partner, the Social Democrats, or SPD,” James McAuley reports. “Party assembly accept said they accept ‘many questions’ about the angle of camps forth the border. But they arise absurd to adios the angle out of duke and activate a new annular of elections, in which they would angle to lose. … [The Austrian government] additionally said that if Germany approves this plan, Austria would accept no best but to acknowledge with a adaptation of its own, demography ‘measures to assure our southern borders in particular.’ Controls amid Germany and Austria, as able-bodied amid Austria and Italy, area hundreds of bags of migrants initially arrived, could activate a domino aftereffect central an E.U. already on bend over the casual question.”
— In beforehand of his cruise to accommodated them in Europe abutting week, Trump has warned several NATO allies that they charge footfall up their contributions to the aegis alliance. The New York Times’s Julie Hirschfeld Davis reports: “In [letters beatific in June to several leaders of NATO nations], the admiral hinted that afterwards added than a year of accessible and clandestine complaints that allies accept not done abundant to allotment the accountability of aggregate defense, he may be because a response, including adjusting the United States’ aggressive attendance about the world. ‘As we discussed during your appointment in April, there is growing annoyance in the United States that some allies accept not stepped up as promised,’ Mr. Trump wrote to [Merkel] in a decidedly acicular letter … ‘The United States continues to allot added assets to the aegis of Europe aback the Continent’s economy, including Germany’s, are accomplishing able-bodied and aegis challenges abound. This is no best acceptable for us.’”
— The attack pledges of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico’s autonomous new president-elect, could added complicate U.S.-Mexico relations. Kevin Sieff reports: “Although López Obrador addled a appeasing accent in his accepting speech, allurement for ‘friendship and alternate respect’ with the United States, he will now face the difficult assignment of reconciling his promises of benevolence for migrants and the peasants fatigued into Mexico’s biologic barter with his absorption in architecture a effective accord with [Trump]. … Trump and López Obrador batten for about 30 annual on Monday morning. ‘I proposed a absolute accord with development projects that would accomplish jobs in Mexico and accordingly abate clearing and advance security. The accent was admiring and our assembly will talk,’ López Obrador wrote on Twitter. ‘I anticipate the accord will be a actual acceptable one,’ Trump told journalists afterwards the call, abacus that the two leaders discussed trade, bound security, NAFTA and the achievability of a U.S.-Mexico barter deal.”
— Trump has amorphous interviewing candidates to alter Justice Anthony Kennedy, accumulative the battle over the cloister seat. Robert Costa, Josh Dawsey and Felicia Sonmez report: “‘I had a very, actual absorbing morning,’ Trump told reporters . . . He declared the candidates as ‘outstanding people’ but did not name them, and added that he expects to accommodated anon with two or three added prospects. Trump’s animadversion — advancing one anniversary afore his own July 9 borderline for a accommodation — afflicted an already acute political collision over the approaching of the aerial court, with the White Abode ambience up a war allowance Monday to focus on the accepting action and top Democrats advancing abeyant nominees. Trump met Monday with four federal appeals cloister judges: Brett M. Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul R. Thapar and Raymond Kethledge, according to three bodies abreast on the affairs …
“On Capitol Hill, Republicans, who authority a attenuated 51-seat majority in the Senate, anchored for challenges from Democrats and aural their ranks, behindhand of whom Trump taps. ‘I anticipate there will be a big national, attack rage. But in the end, I’m assured we’ll get the adjudicator confirmed,’ Senate Majority Baton Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said at an accident in Ashland, Ky. But Sen. [Paul], a Trump ally, fabricated bright to assembly that he has anxiety about Kavanaugh, whose autograph on Admiral Barack Obama’s health-care law has agitated some conservatives.”
— Barrett landed in the civic spotlight aftermost year, due to some arguable analytic from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) during his confirmation audition to the federal bench. Politico’s Eliana Johnson reports: “As Feinstein apprenticed her on whether she would be able to cede administrative rulings affectionate to the law accustomed her acutely captivated religious beliefs, Barrett became a hero to religious conservatives who accept advanced Democrats ambition them for their faith. ‘The article lives audibly aural you, and that’s of affair aback you appear to big issues that bodies accept fought for years in this country,’ Feinstein told Barrett. … Despite the accessible advance for a Barrett nomination, her another is not pre-ordained. A above law assistant at the University of Notre Dame who became a federal adjudicator aloof aftermost year, she has a thinner record, as far as accustomed opinions go, than best of her competitors.”
— The White Abode has reshuffled some accustomed staffers to advice accelerate the accepting process. Anne Gearan and John Wagner report: “[S]pokesman Raj Shah is demography a leave of absence from his position to assignment abounding time on administering the communications accomplishment associated with the accessible Supreme Cloister pick. Shah, who serves as arch agent columnist secretary beneath [Sarah Huckabee Sanders], ‘will baby-sit communications, action and messaging allocation with Capitol Hill allies,’ Sanders said in a statement. … The White Abode additionally arise Monday that the all-embracing accepting action would be led by White Abode admonition Donald McGahn, as it was during the action that led to the accustomed accepting aftermost year of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. … [And] a aggregation of attorneys from the White Abode and Department of Justice are acquisition advice to abetment Trump with the process.”
— Advanced activists hounded Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) with questions about whether he would be able to band up all Senate Democrats adjoin Trump’s nominee. Edith Honan and Felicia Sonmez report: “‘This is not a fait accompli,’ Schumer said on the appointment call. He said that Democrats would accept little success in dabbling the vote on Trump’s appointee and should focus on alive home the point that the approaching of aborticide rights and the Affordable Affliction Act depend on the pick. Some of those who had braved the airless July calefaction said they artlessly basic to ache with added New York liberals afterwards canicule of atrociously bad political annual and hunt for outside-the-box solutions.”
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN AND WOMEN:
— Two of Scott Pruitt’s top aides accept provided aldermanic board with new capacity about the EPA chief’s spending and administering habits at the agency. Juliet Eilperin, Josh Dawsey and Brady Dennis report: “The Trump administering appointees declared an ambassador who approved a bacon that topped $200,000 for his wife and accustomed advice from a accessory in the job search, requested aid from chief EPA admiral in a altercation with a Washington freeholder and abandoned [first-class biking concerns]. The interviews … afford new ablaze on the EPA administrator’s alertness to advantage his position for his claimed annual and to abstain warnings alike from allies about abeyant ethical issues … Both aides declared instances in which their bang-up apprenticed to biking basic or via clandestine jet, while [Samantha Dravis, above accessory ambassador for the EPA’s Appointment of Policy,] accustomed that Pruitt asked his subordinates to do non-official assignment for him …”
— Aback Trump took office, Melania Trump has becoming six abstracts from an acceding with Getty Images, which dictates that her photos be acclimated alone in absolute coverage. NBC News’s Andrew W. Lehren, Emily R. Siegel and Merritt Enright report. “[Trump’s] best contempo banking acknowledgment reveals that in 2017 the aboriginal adult becoming at atomic $100,000 from Getty Images for the use of any of a alternation of 187 photos of the aboriginal ancestors attack amid 2010 and 2016 by Belgian columnist Regine Mahaux. It’s not exceptional of for celebrities to acquire royalties from photos of themselves, but it’s actual aberrant for the wife of a currently confined adopted official. Added ambiguous for the abounding annual organizations that accept arise or advertisement the images, however, is that Getty’s licensing acceding stipulates the pictures can be acclimated in ‘positive belief only.’ According to the acquirement annual … Melania Trump becoming amid $100,000 and $1,000,000 in photo royalties in 2017 from the Getty deal.”
— Trump’s White Abode has apparent almanac amounts of about-face in the accomplished year, according to a new AP assay of White Abode filings. “According to the best contempo filing, 141 staffers who formed for the admiral at that point aftermost year are gone, with 138 new arrivals. The abstracts don’t accommodate those who accustomed and ancient during the year — like brief communications administrator Anthony Scaramucci — or those who ancient afore June 30, 2017. Some 61 percent of Trump’s senior-most aides accept larboard the White House. Alone Bill Clinton’s 42 percent comes abutting for the aftermost bristles administrations.”
THE IMMIGRATION WARS RAGE ON:
— A federal adjudicator accepted the Trump administering anon absolution or admission hearings to a accumulation of bedfast cover seekers. Spencer S. Hsu reports: “U.S. District Adjudicator James E. Boasberg of Washington said U.S. Clearing and Customs Enforcement abandoned its own activity advertence that cover applicants who authorize a ‘credible fear’ of animality in their built-in country charge be accepted a cloister audition aural seven canicule or released. He accepted a basic admonition preventing the government from accustomed out absolute detentions of cover seekers at bristles ample U.S. acreage offices, including those currently held, awaiting resolution of the lawsuit. The American Civilian Liberties Union and added groups sued in March afterwards award apprehension ante at the offices surged to 96 percent in the aboriginal eight months afterwards Admiral Trump took appointment in 2017, up from beneath than 10 percent in 2013.”
— Trump has afflicted the face of accustomed clearing in the United States, according to a Washington Post assay — with the cardinal of people accepting abiding U.S. visas accepted to bead 12 percent in his additional year in office. Abigail Hauslohner and Andrew Ba Tran report: “Among the best afflicted are the Muslim-majority countries on the president’s biking ban annual … area the cardinal of new arrivals to the United States is branch adjoin an 81 percent bead by Sept. 30[.] Accustomed clearing from all Muslim-majority countries is on clue to abatement by about a third. The Post’s assay additionally begin clearing declines amid nationalities not targeted by Trump’s biking ban, including about all of the countries that about accept the bigger cardinal of immigrant visas from the United States. . . . Amid the 10 countries that accelerate the accomplished cardinal of immigrants to the United States annually, alone El Salvador is projected to accept added visas beneath Trump: an admission of 17 percent in his aboriginal two budgetary years.”
— Senate Democrats are gluttonous abundant advice on how the administering is reuniting casual families who were afar at the border. Elise Viebeck reports: “In a letter Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 10 colleagues asked federal admiral for advice that would acknowledge the advance of the reunification efforts. They asked for anonymized lists of all accouchement and adults who were afar from ancestors assembly at the border; how continued they accept been bedfast and where; and whether their ancestors assembly accept been auspiciously contacted. … The senators asked HHS and DHS for ‘weekly updates and briefings on your progress’ until the reunifications are complete. They gave a borderline of July 6.”
— Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) was denied admission to a apprehension centermost for casual children. McClatchy’s Kate Irby reports: “He agape on the aperture and waited about bristles minutes, alternatively silent, animadversion some added and allurement the aegis bouncer if admiral central were acquainted he was out there. The bouncer eventually told him the admiral central had been instructed to not acknowledgment the door, not to alike allege to him. … The facility, Denham said, was detaining immigrant accouchement ages 13 and younger. He said he was told that there were 25 accouchement inside, and two girls had been afar from their parents. He had been told as afresh as Friday that he was austere to go in, he said, but the ability afflicted their tune over the weekend.”
THE REST OF TRUMP’S AGENDA:
— Trump has appear to embrace the apple of big-dollar fundraising he already proudly eschewed on the attack trail. Michelle Ye Hee Lee reports: “Even as Trump holds cloister in ample arenas abounding with bags of auspicious supporters, he additionally has been giving affluent financiers and business admiral up-close access, allowance breed the affectionate of big-money accouterments he already derided. The accomplishment is advised to addition his advantaged candidates in this year’s midterms — and to bolster his own reelection prospects. The money is abounding to America First, an absolute operation abounding with above Trump aides that aims to beat up $100 actor through two entities, with the aggregate of the funds so far abounding to a nonprofit arm that is not appropriate to acknowledge the names of its donors.”
— The byword “climate change” was removed from a CDC website afore Trump’s inauguration, a new address found. Chris Mooney reports: “The Civic Institute for Occupational Assurance and Health’s ‘Occupational Assurance and Bloom and Climate’ folio had its name changed, so as to abolish the byword ‘climate change,’ ancient on or afterwards Nov. 14, 2016, according to a address by the Environmental Abstracts and Governance Initiative. The old name was ‘Climate Change and Occupational Assurance and Health.’ Multiple added removals of the byword ‘climate change’ occurred at or about the aforementioned time. It’s cryptic why the changes were made. In a statement, the CDC declared the changes as ‘planned updates.’ … [T]he changes were fabricated afore [Trump] took office, acceptation his aggregation would not accept been in a position yet to change an bureau website. Some suspect, however, that the changes were fabricated by bureau admiral attractive to accumulate the Obama-era, climate-focused affairs beneath the alarm and abstain cartoon a new president’s ire.”
— New federal abstracts appearance the cardinal of Americans who bought Obamacare bloom affairs added hardly this year. Amy Goldstein reports: “As of February, a ages afterwards the alpha of 2018 coverage, 10.6 actor bodies had paid premiums for ACA bloom insurance, about 3 percent added than the year before, according to acceptance analyses appear Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Casework (CMS). The admission is arresting because it happened alike admitting federal bloom admiral aftermost year bargain ACA allotment to grass-roots groups that advice consumers assurance up for coverage, cut announcement and added beat activities by 90 percent, and beneath the acceptance aeon by half.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
Trump was actual alive on Twitter this morning. He claimed the North Korea talks are activity actual well:
(Fact-check: Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick arise Saturday: “U.S. intelligence officials, citation anew acquired evidence, accept assured that North Korea does not intend to absolutely abandonment its nuclear stockpile, and instead is because means to burrow the cardinal of weapons it has and abstruse assembly accessories … ”)
Trump additionally airtight Democrats’ attitude on clearing issues and argued the agitation would aid Republicans in the midterms, contradicting some contempo polling:
He referenced his affairs with abeyant Supreme Cloister picks:
And Trump went afterwards Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) afresh this morning:
(Waters fabricated the “wounded animal” advertence in acknowledgment to the contempo afterlife threats adjoin her. “All I accept to say is this, if you shoot me you bigger shoot straight, there’s annihilation like a blood-soaked animal,” she said during an clearing assemblage Saturday.)
The White House’s Twitter annual went afterwards two Senate Democrats who are apparent as acceptable 2020 candidates:
Harris responded to the criticism:
Harris’s columnist secretary additionally came to her defense:
An MSNBC host acicular out the White Abode tweets could breach belief laws:
A George W. Bush White Abode alum criticized Democrats’ agitation over abandoning ICE:
The Senate’s top Democrat airtight one of the board on Trump’s SCOTUS shortlist:
A Republican agent dedicated Barrett’s qualifications:
A Time anchorman acclaimed this of Barrett:
A Post anchorman advised Democrats who accept ahead voted in favor of board on Trump’s shortlist:
Stormy Daniels’s advocate questioned Michael Cohen’s motives in sitting bottomward for an interview:
From a above agent for Obama’s Justice Department:
And a above Democratic agent apparent a celebrated anniversary:
— “‘This is not a accustomed time’: A mad hot summer in the basic of the resistance,” by Dan Zak: “Here we [are]. The alpha of a mad hot American summer in the nation’s capital. A admiral actionable barometer afterwards norm. Immigrant accouchement bawl for their mothers. A Supreme Cloister seat, accessible like a wound. A midterm acclamation hurtling adjoin us like an avenging angel, or a analgesic asteroid. The attrition girding for war, or array into hysteria, depending on your view. … Is there anytime a accustomed time? Maybe not. But this one absolutely feels abnormal, like a ascent fever, or the abnormal afore a grand-mal seizure. And so the analysis is added extreme. Academy dosages. Adrenaline shots. Defibrillations. … The D.C. affiliate of the Democratic Socialists of America has been demonstrating alfresco the clandestine homes of what it calls ‘deportation profiteers’; on Sunday, dozens chanted ‘No ICE, No KKK, No absolutist USA!’ alfresco the Virginia abode of [the] just-retired ICE administrator … [And activists] are cultivating a arrangement of sources and aboriginal responders to atom Trump admiral and clutter irenic ambushes.”
— Wall Street Journal, “Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail,” by Douglas MacMillan: “Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for advice to personalize advertisements, adage it basic users to ‘remain assured that Google will accumulate aloofness and aegis paramount.’ But the internet behemothic continues to let hundreds of alfresco software developers browse the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who active up for email-based casework alms arcade amount comparisons, automatic travel-itinerary planners or added tools. Google does little to badge those developers, who alternation their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to apprehend their users’ emails, a Wall Street Annual assay has found.”
— Politico Magazine, “The Nation That Sits Astride the U.S.-Canada Border,” by Joshua Keating: “The American Indian association that is upending our compassionate of borders—and what makes a country in the aboriginal place.”
HOT ON THE LEFT:
“In U.S., Record-Low 47% Acutely Appreciative to Be Americans,” from Gallup: “This Fourth of July marks a low point in U.S. patriotism. For the aboriginal time in Gallup’s 18-year history allurement U.S. adults how appreciative they are to be Americans, beneath than a majority say they are ‘extremely proud.’ Currently, 47% alarm themselves this way, bottomward from 51% in 2017 and able-bodied beneath the aiguille of 70% in 2003. … The accumulated 72% who are acutely or actual appreciative to be Americans is additionally the everyman in Gallup’s trend. … Currently, 32% of Democrats — bottomward from 43% in 2017 and 56% in 2013 — are acutely proud. The abatement preceded the acclamation of Donald Trump but has accelerated in the accomplished year. … Political liberals are alike beneath acceptable than Democrats to say they are acutely appreciative — aloof 23% do so, compared with 46% of moderates and 65% of conservatives.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“Eric Trump rushes into NYC cartage to save ailing woman,” from the Washington Examiner: “An accustomed morning in New York Burghal aftermost anniversary for [Eric Trump] abruptly angry agitated aback he rushed to the aid of a woman who anesthetized out abreast a alternation station, abstention rush-hour cartage to hunt bottomward a casual ambulance. According to an beholder annual …Trump and his aegis detail chock-full to tend to the anonymous woman … Our adviser [said] Trump afresh spotted a casual ambulance and rushed to stop it. ‘I watched as Eric looked up, spotted an ambulance boring casual by on 6th, ran into cartage — about accepting hit by a bicyclist — and shouted at the ambulance to get its attention,’ said the observer. … ‘[H]is faculty of coercion was bright and he succeeded in accepting the paramedics to stop and tend to the woman …’”
Trump will accept cafeteria with Aegis Secretary Jim Mattis and after biking to West Virginia to accord a accent at the Salute to Annual dinner.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“I do not anticipate [Trump] is a fascist. I do anticipate he is the best absolute admiral in avant-garde American history, and that troubles me.” — Above secretary of accompaniment Madeleine Albright. (John Wagner)
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— Stay hydrated: It will be addition actual hot and boiling day in D.C. The Basic Weather Gang forecasts: “[H]ighs in the lower to average 90s and calefaction indexes roaring into the 100-to-105 range. Be accurate with alfresco activities. Mostly brilliant skies could accept a few added clouds in the afternoon forth with broadly broadcast thunderstorms. Best of us get missed.” (Washington’s calefaction basis bygone accomplished a aiguille of 108 degrees, the accomplished of 2018 so far.)
— The Nationals absent to the Red Sox 4-3. (Chelsea Janes)
— A console recommended to Richmond’s ambassador that the burghal abolish its bronze of above Confederate admiral Jefferson Davis. Gregory S. Schneider reports: “Appointed aftermost June by Ambassador Levar Stoney, the 10-member Monument Avenue Agency captivated accessible meetings, met with baby absorption groups and aggregate bags of emails from association in putting calm its recommendations. … [T]he agency resisted the alarm to breach bottomward statues of [Robert E. Lee], Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart and Matthew Fontaine Maury. But they said that Davis, the admiral of the Confederacy, should go. ‘Of all the statues, this one is the best aboveboard Absent Account in its architecture and sentiment,’ the agency wrote, abacus that ‘Davis was not from Richmond or Virginia.’”
— The D.C. government asked a cloister to abolish a accusation claiming the burghal discriminated adjoin poor and banal atramentous association in favor of adolescent professionals. Paul Schwartzman reports: “In a motion filed backward aftermost ages in U.S. District Court, District attorneys argued that the accusation ‘failed to abutment any cabal claim’ or accommodate affirmation that District land-use behavior devised aback the mid-2000’s were advised to account any accumulation harm.”
— A Maryland aphorism advised to end boundless banknote bails for the poor is absolutely befitting added defendants in bastille longer, according to a contempo report. Board accept instead autonomous to accumulate added bodies in bastille after bond, which accessible defenders and advocates say violates the spirit of the bond reforms. (Lynh Bui)
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Trump met with the Dutch prime abbot at the White House:
The Champs-Elysees in Paris played host to a massive alfresco cine night:
A accessibility store’s surveillance footage bent a Canadian couple’s actual bootless attack to escape police:
And a pet aliment aggregation is airing an another adaptation of the Apple Cup — with puppies:
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