The Daily 202: Missile exam underscores a disaster of Trump’s genuine proceed to North Korea

With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve

THE BIG IDEA: Donald Trump finished a confidant attestation in a weeks before he became boss that is not aging well.

The U.S. supervision reliable final night that North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, channel a chilling threshold and underscoring Trump’s disaster to change a arena of tyrant Kim Jong Un’s arch module over a past 6 months.

— “The latest barb flew aloft and remained in a atmosphere longer than before attempts — adequate to strech all of Alaska,” Anne Gearan and Emily Rauhala news on a front page. “The launch follows a fibre of new actions by Pyongyang, including a storm of missiles final month and 3 tests in May. Kim has now launched some-more missiles in one year than his father and prototype in a family dynasty did in 17 years in power. North Korea has also conducted 5 arch weapons tests given 2006, including dual final year.”

— Experts contend a barb was a “real ICBM” and showed technical sophistication that Western experts believed North Korea was years divided from mastering. “North Korea’s apparent fulfilment puts it good brazen of schedule,” Joby Warrick explains. “The Hwasong-14 tested Monday could not have reached a U.S. mainland, analysts say, and there’s no justification to date that North Korea is means of building a miniaturized arch warhead to fit on one of a longer-range missiles. But there is now tiny reason to doubt that both are within North Korea’s grasp.”

— The U.S. Army and South Korean infantry responded final night with a uncover of force, rising their possess missiles into South Korean territorial waters along a country’s eastern coastline. U.S. Pacific Command called this a proceed response to “North Korea’s destabilizing and wrong actions.” (Dan Lamothe has more.)

— The past 3 presidents have attempted to negotiate, customarily to learn that Pyongyang can never be trusted. Reflecting a hubris of someone who believes he alone can repair things, Trump’s “it will not happen” twitter came dual months after Barack Obama warned him privately that North Korea would approaching be a singular many obligatory problem he confronted as president. Several aides from a final administration also told their incoming counterparts that a barb module should be their tip inhabitant confidence priority.

— Trump naively guess he could convince China to vigour North Korea to stop a arch activities. Then President Xi Jinping tutored him on a story of a segment when they met during Mar-a-Lago in April. “After listening for 10 minutes, we satisfied that it’s not so easy,” the boss certified afterward, recounting a story lesson. “You know, we felt flattering strongly that they had a extensive energy over North Korea. But it’s not what we would think.”

— During a transition, Trump seemed to welcome “the maniac theory” of unfamiliar policy. The president-elect believed he could use his repute for unpredictability to dishearten and dominate America’s adversaries into creation concessions that they would not differently make. Some people tighten to Trump thought, for example, that North Korea competence come to a list out of fear that a American boss competence customarily be crazy adequate to take preemptive infantry action. (I wrote final Dec about given  this was both unsure and approaching to fail, as it did when Richard Nixon initial attempted it during Vietnam.)

— During a campaign, Trump also voiced honesty to South Korea and Japan building their possess arch weapons. “They’d substantially purify them out flattering quick,” Trump pronounced during a Wisconsin rally in Mar 2016, oblivious flippantly about a thermonuclear quarrel with North Korea. “If they fight, we know what, that’d be a terrible thing. … But if they do, they do. Good luck, suffer yourself, folks.”

— As a initial boss in U.S. story with no before infantry or supervision experience, Trump has clearly never complicated “deterrence theory”: If he guess a uncover of force would deter North Korea, he guess wrong. If anything, a president’s before saber-rattling has customarily driven a regime to accelerate a efforts to build a arch arms means of distinguished a mainland United States.

North Korea’s ability to explosve American competition centers — possibly Seattle, San Francisco or Los Angeles — would dramatically change a Washington calculus and massively constrain a ability to use infantry force. That’s a whole indicate of these tests. “The fear is not that Mr. Kim would launch a pre-emptive dispute on a West Coast; that would be suicidal, and if a 33-year-old personality has demonstrated anything in his 5 years in office, he is all about survival,” David Sanger writes on a front page of today’s New York Times. “As he looks around a world, he sees cases like that of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya — an peremptory who gave adult his nascent arch program, customarily to be deposed, with American help, as shortly as his people incited conflicting him. That is what Mr. Kim believes his arch module will forestall — an American bid to disintegrate him. He competence be right.”

“There is no good choice here,” former behaving CIA executive Michael Morell pronounced on “CBS This Morning.” “There is no infantry choice here to destroy a arch module (or) his barb program. There is no choice to do that that wouldn’t start a second Korean War and wouldn’t lift a probability of him regulating arch weapons conflicting his neighbors. The risks are unusually high in a infantry standoff.”

As Jim Mattis put it in March, “A dispute in North Korea would be substantially a misfortune kind of fighting in many people’s lifetimes.” “The bottom line is it would be a inauspicious quarrel if this turns into a quarrel if we’re not means to solve this conditions by tactful means,” a secretary of invulnerability pronounced on CBS’s “Face a Nation.”

— Trump administration officials have been observant for months now that “the epoch of critical calm is over,” a anxiety to Obama’s approach, though no one has explained what accurately will reinstate it.

After visiting a demilitarized section in April, Vice President Pence initial announced that “the epoch of critical calm is over” and announced that “all options are on a table.” “North Korea would do good not to exam (Trump’s) solve — or a strength of a armed army of a United States in this region,” pronounced Pence, whose father fought in a Korean War.

North Korea has frequently tested Trump’s solve during a inserted 3 months and not suffered any distinct consequences. During a corner matter in a Rose Garden final Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump reiterated a articulate point: “The epoch of critical calm with a North Korean regime has failed.” He combined that he wants “peace, fortitude and prosperity” for a segment though pronounced ambiguously that a U.S. will “always” urge itself and a allies.

Last week, a Trump administration put in place sanctions on a China-based bank indicted of laundering income for a North Korean government. In a matter over a holiday weekend, a White House also implicitly threatened to reassert U.S. complaints about Chinese mercantile practices that Trump has mostly set aside in new months as he has sought to rivet Xi.

While China pledges team-work with a United States over North Korea, Beijing has not essentially shifted divided from a devise that balances vigour on a Kim regime with gripping a regime afloat, pronounced Chris Steinitz, a investigate scientist during a federally funded, nonprofit Center for Naval Analyses. “It’s kind of how China looks during everything. They have a really prolonged view,” Steinitz told my colleagues Anne and Emily. “They will wait. They will bide their time. They have a lot of priorities.”

Don’t forget that a U.S.-Sino attribute involves distant some-more than North Korea: China yesterday vowed to step adult a atmosphere and sea patrols after a U.S. warship sailed nearby a doubtful island in a South China Sea, and final week a United States announced a new arms bargain with Taiwan. “The bromance is over,” Evan Medeiros, a former confidant to Obama on Asia policy, told Simon Denyer and Thomas Gibbons-Neff. “The honeymoon is clearly over, though a subsequent proviso is rebate clear.”

— In response to a barb test, Trump yesterday ridiculed Kim and ratcheted adult controversial vigour on China to ask some-more pressure. He did this on Twitter:

The boss offering no additional specifics. His aides, meanwhile, called for an puncture open eventuality of a U.N. Security Council. The ubiquitous response will also positively be high on a president’s bulletin during a Group of 20 mercantile limit this week. “Global movement is compulsory to stop a tellurian threat,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pronounced in a matter yesterday afternoon. “Any republic that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any mercantile or infantry benefits, or fails to entirely exercise UN Security Council resolutions is helping and aiding a dangerous regime. All nations should publicly denote to North Korea that there are consequences to their bureau of arch weapons.”

Many Democrats called on a administration to offer a clearer strategy. “Instead of deceptive Twitter bluster, President Trump should answer North Korea’s dangerous exam with a awake devise of proceed tact with Pyongyang and increasing mercantile sanctions vigour from China,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a ranking member of a Senate Foreign Relations East Asia subcommittee, pronounced in a Facebook post yesterday.

— U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, for her part, grumbled that she had to work on a Fourth of Jul — a tone-deaf criticism deliberation both a sobriety of a hazard and a existence that tens of thousands of American soldiers offer vigilantly any holiday though ever complaining:

— Is Trump’s mental health “immaterial”? At a Aspen Ideas Festival final week, during a row on U.S. inhabitant confidence in a Trump era, former CIA executive David Petraeus shielded a president’s unfamiliar policy. He pronounced Trump’s inhabitant confidence organisation is a strongest he had ever seen, and he argued that Trump is distant some-more wilful than Obama, who he pronounced was inconclusive to a indicate of paralysis.

David Rothkopf, who teaches during Columbia University and was formerly arch executive during Foreign Policy magazine, was moderating a panel. He remarkable that, for a initial time, he’s removing unchanging questions about a mental health of a president. He asked Petraeus if he guess a boss was fit to serve. “It’s immaterial,” he reportedly replied, arguing that given a organisation around Trump is so good, they can equivalent whatever deficits he competence have.

“I was floored. It was a stunningly diseased defense,” Rothkopf writes in an op-ed for today’s Post. “Daily he shows he lacks a character, discipline, intellect, visualisation or honour for a bureau to be boss of a United States. In normal times, this would be worrying. But demeanour during a news. … A quarrel is entrance that will be a exam of impression pitting North Korea’s unhinged leader, Kim Jong Un, conflicting a leader. … There is no fashion for one whose impression is so apparently unsuitable to a presidency.”

At a finish of a Aspen session, a lady approached Rothkopf and asked given he finished a examination so ad hominem by doubt Trump’s fitness. “I explained that when we have a complement in that a arch executive is enclosed with so many power, we frequently find that a predestine in crises turns on a impression of a president,” he writes.

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) speaks to supporters during her plead bureau final fall. She’s motionless to not risk her protected suburban St. Louis House seat. (Jeff Roberson/AP)


  1. Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner (R) announced that she will not plea Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in 2018, opting to stay in a House. She’s a latest high-profile partisan to pass on using conflicting a Democratic obligatory in a red state after final that a domestic sourroundings will be bad for Republicans subsequent year. (Washington Examiner)
  2. U.S.-backed fighters breached a wall of Raqqa’s Old City in Syria, marking new swell in a weeks-long conflict to wring Islamic State militants from their many critical strongholds. (Liz Sly)
  3. The United States has carried a in-cabin anathema on laptops and other vast electronic inclination on U.S.-bound flights from Dubai and Istanbul, Emirates and Turkish Airlines pronounced this morning. The announcements come 3 days after restrictions were carried on Etihad Airways’ heart Abu Dhabi International Airport. (Reuters)
  4. Popular cyclist Peter Sagan was unfit from a Tour de France after he seemed to bend associate racer Mark Cavendish off his bike during a final sprint. It’s misleading possibly Cavendish, who suffered critical injuries in a crash, will be means to continue. (Marissa Payne)

  5. Chicago is implementing a new graduation requirement for a high propagandize students. Before receiving their diplomas, any tyro contingency uncover that they’ve cumulative a pursuit or acceptance into college, a gap-year program, or a military. (Emma Brown)
  6. SpaceX aborted a second launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, shuttering another try customarily 10 seconds before liftoff. Elon Musk pronounced his association will control a full examination of rocket and launchpad systems before perplexing again. (CNBC)
  7. The Canadian supervision will apologize and compensate scarcely $8 million in remuneration to a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, who pleaded guilty to murdering a U.S. infantryman in Afghanistan when he was 15. The former prisoner, Omar Khadr, spent 10 years behind bars. His box gained ubiquitous courtesy after some dubbed him a child infantryman who was questioned underneath “oppressive circumstances.” (The Guardian)
  8. Prosecutors asked a Brooklyn decider to overpower Martin Shkreli, a pharmaceutical-industry executive currently on hearing for bonds fraud. The feds contend a boisterous businessman has embarked on a “campaign of disruption” that has finished it formidable to find an usually jury. They possibly wish a decider to overpower Shkreli or a jury to be semi-sequestered for a residue of his case. (Renae Merle)
  9. The $19 billion bid to purify adult a Chesapeake Bay and revive a health could be derailed by a dam. A new news finds that a Conowingo Dam, that sits during a tip of a brook in Maryland and blocks large amounts of sediment, is stuffing adult 15 years progressing than approaching — and could stop safeguarding a brook within a subsequent 3 years. (Darryl Fears)
  10. The Irish primary minister’s hosiery stole a uncover during his news discussion with Canadian personality Justin Trudeau. Leo Varadkar’s hosiery were flashy with Canadian Mounties and maple leaves in respect of his guest. (The New York Times)
  11. A Michigan male burnt down his garage while attempting to mislay a bees’ nest with fireworks. Homeowner Mike Tingley had hoped that a fireworks would act as a fume explosve to coax a bees’ departure. (AP)
  12. One Kentucky city is awaiting adult to 100,000 visitors for this summer’s solar eclipse. The approaching rush of guest has warranted Hopkinsville, Ky., a nickname “Eclipseville.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  13. Archaeologists in Mexico City have unearthed a large building of tellurian skulls believed to have been displayed in a 16th century Aztec temple — lifting a horde of new questions about a inlet of Aztec tellurian sacrifice and their hideous displays of power. (Cleve R. Wootson Jr.)
  14. Tribalism alert: A new check finds that 9 in 10 Republicans cruise Trump is some-more infallible than CNN. A scarcely matching fit of Democrats reason a conflicting view. (Axios)

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) finished her normal revisit yesterday to a Fourth of Jul march in Eastport, Maine. (Murray Carpenter/The Washington Post)


— Most GOP senators, home for recess with a health-care check in limbo, seem to be stealing from their constituents. David Weigel, Murray Carpenter and Julia O’Malley report from around a country: “[Republicans] are spending a Fourth of Jul recess fending off protesters, low check numbers and journal front pages that advise of shuttered hospitals and 22 million people being shunted off their insurance. … When Congress pennyless for a prolonged holiday, just 4 of a Senate’s 52 Republicans — Collins, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — announced appearances during Fourth of Jul parades. … After a parades, there will be few chances for Better Care Reconciliation Act critics to face their senators during a recess … Activists are enlivening one another to get some-more desirous — and creative.”

— “It is a tough summer for Senate Republicans, who are perplexing to mix a long-promised dissolution of a Affordable Care Act with a deputy that has, in legislation drafted so far, been as renouned as sunburn,” the New York Times adds in a chronicle of a same story. “Many lawmakers seem to have given adult on city hall-style meetings and parades. … While a receptions they accept competence vary, judging by those in a streets on Tuesday, a primary thesis will not.”

— The reactions that a senators who braved parades perceived is revealing:

Constituents of Collins, who has attempted to assuage a bill, voiced thankfulness for her position conflicting a strange version. Collins said after her parade: “There was customarily one issue. That’s unusual. It’s customarily a far-reaching operation of issues. … we heard, over and over again, support for my mount conflicting a stream chronicle of a Senate and House health caring bills. People were thanking me, over and over again. ‘Thank you, Susan!’ ‘Stay strong, Susan!’”

Cruz, who opposite a strange breeze of a legislation and has strived to lift a check to a right, listened many complaints from electorate while visiting a liberal-leaning town. The Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek reports: “Cruz, who has a knack for quarrel with his domestic opponents in Washington and distant outward it, had to pronounce over a demonstrators for many of his plead during an Independence Day ceremony, twice pausing to residence a commotion. They were countered by a likewise outspoken organisation of Cruz supporters, who sought with varying success to drown them out with chants of ‘USA!’”

— Activists are creation their exasperation with a thought of repealing Obamacare listened in other, some-more artistic ways. The Indianapolis Star’s Ryan Martin reports: “The Indiana Republican Party acted a doubt to Facebook on Monday: ‘What’s your Obamacare fear story? Let us know.’ The responses were unexpected. ‘My sister finally has entrance to affordable peculiarity caring and diagnosis for her diabetes.’ ‘My father’s tiny business was means to protection a employees for a initial time ever. #thanksObama’ ‘Love Obamacare!’ ‘The customarily fear in a story is that Republicans competence take it away.’”

— A critical regard popping adult in voter interviews relates to a CBO’s projection that, underneath a strange Senate bill, premiums for a mid-level word devise would arise by 20 percent subsequent January. The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Armour and Kristina Peterson report: “That means many people who don’t get word by work would see their premiums boost customarily a few months before a midterm elections. …  Premiums would tumble in after years, in partial given less-comprehensive skeleton would be offering by that time. This highlights what some Republicans secretly concur is a Catch-22 as GOP Senate leaders work to arrange a check they can move to a building when Congress earnings to Washington: Both flitting a check and not flitting one lift domestic peril. … The predestine of Republican health-care efforts now competence hinge on possibly GOP leaders can convince adequate Republican senators that forging brazen is their best domestic bet.”

— A few GOP senators had a really good reason for blank parades: John McCain and Lindsey Graham visited Kabul with a bipartisan Senate elect on Tuesday. The Arizona senator called for some-more U.S. infantry and noisy infantry action, as good as vigour on adjacent Pakistan, to emanate a “winning strategy” and finish a 16-year war, Pamela Constable reports. Elizabeth Warren and dual other senators are on a trip. Graham pronounced he skeleton to tell a boss that “he needs to lift all a infantry out” or supplement even some-more than a 3,000 to 4,000 infantry U.S. infantry officials have asked for. But Graham also stressed that a Trump administration needs to put some-more bid into bargain and conversion spontaneous leaders. “Rex needs to come here quick,” Graham said, referring to a secretary of state who has not nonetheless visited a region.

Vladimir Putin awards Chinese personality Xi Jinping a Order of St. Andrew a Apostle a First-Called during a rite during a Kremlin in Moscow yesterday. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)


— As Trump prepares for his assembly with Vladimir Putin during a Group of 20 limit in Hamburg on Friday, he finds himself exceedingly compelled — and confronting few options in his talks with a Russian boss that will leave him politically unscathed. Abby Phillip and Carol Morello have a curtain-raiser: “If Trump attempts to disencumber sanctions conflicting Russia … Congress could plea him by posterior even stronger penalties. And if he offers platitudes for Putin though addressing Russia’s choosing meddling, it will replenish questions about possibly Trump accepts a commentary of his possess comprehension officials. … There is also a risk that Trump could select to freelance in a meeting, ludicrous from a some-more offset objectives that his advisers have laid out for a common relationship. If Trump prioritizes his enterprise to build intercourse with Putin as he has with other universe leaders, it competence put him during a sheer waste with a former KGB user famous for his robust concentration on Russia’s primacy…

“Among a unfamiliar process experts who support Trump’s lift for softened family with Russia, there is flourishing disappointment that a stream domestic meridian and Trump’s actions have finished that thought all though impossible. Rex Tillerson has attempted to sentinel off Congress from commanding some-more sanctions on Russia for a corner in Ukraine, observant that removing tough now could bushel team-work on other issues like fighting a Islamic State.” 

Bottom line: “The boss is boxed in,” pronounced Nicholas Burns, who was U.S. envoy to NATO underneath President George W. Bush. “Why would we give Putin any kind of benefaction during a initial meeting? What has he finished to merit that? … If we try to curry favor, offer concessions, lift behind on a pressure, he’ll take advantage. He’ll see debility in a vacuum.”

— Our David Filipov has a preview from Moscow this morning on what Russia hopes to benefit from a assembly with Trump: “From Moscow’s indicate of view, given Trump took office, a attribute has left from deplorable to worse, amid flourishing tensions over a increasingly noisy purpose of a U.S. infantry in Syria. Heading into Friday’s meeting, Moscow has gloomy hopes of any noted alleviation … The many deliverable object on Putin’s bulletin will be a Kremlin’s direct that Washington lapse dual Russian tactful compounds shuttered in plea for Moscow’s choosing meddling … No one in Moscow expects any swell anytime shortly on capitulation of Russia’s cast of Crimea, a lifting of U.S. sanctions, a U.S. abandonment of regime change in Syria, a acknowledgment of Russia’s ‘sphere of influence’ in Ukraine or a rebate of support for a NATO infantry fondness … Moscow observers trust that even if Trump wanted to make swell on these issues, his domestic conditions during home would make it impossible.”

— Trump has asked his aides to breeze a list of concessions that he could offer to Putin during their meeting, Thomas Wright of a Brookings Institution writes for Politico: “Less transparent is what Trump wants in return. [Putin] is a arch manipulator — ‘deft during psyching people out’ as a former U.S. executive put it — and his meetings with unfamiliar leaders are frequently important occasions. Putin brought his Labrador, Konni, to his initial assembly with Angela Merkel, who has a lifelong fear of dogs. In his initial assembly with Nicholas Sarkozy, he privately threatened to ‘smash’ a French personality ‘to pieces,’ withdrawal him confused and confused in a news discussion that followed. One former [Bush administration] executive who dealt with Putin told me there is a risk that Putin competence pretence Trump into doing a bargain on Syria and Ukraine in a meeting. The agreement competence customarily final a few days … [But] such a unfolding would approaching display groups within a Trump administration, it would disprove a president, and it could also wear his guess of his possess supervision who Trump would understand as undermining his partnership with a Russian president.”

— The White House reliable yesterday that Trump’s assembly with Putin is going to be an executive common meeting, rather than an spontaneous pull-aside. CNN’s Jeremy Diamond notes that it will be a initial in-person assembly between a dual leaders and a initial executive common assembly between a U.S. and Russian boss in scarcely dual years: “‘It is designed as a fully-fledged, ‘seated’ meeting,’ Kremlin orator Dmitry Peskov pronounced Tuesday, according to a state-run TASS news agency. National Security Council orator Michael Anton also reliable that a dual leaders will lay down together for a common meeting. The format remained an open doubt by this weekend. Homeland confidence confidant Thomas Bossert pronounced Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week’ that a parameters of a assembly had not nonetheless ‘been set.’ An spontaneous pull-aside — a sourroundings in that Obama and Putin met during a G20 final Sep — would have sent signals to Russia that it contingency do some-more to change a function to rivet on a aloft spin diplomatically with a U.S.

— Post columnist David Ignatius argues that operative with Russia competence be a best trail to assent in Syria“The Euphrates outlines a spontaneous ‘deconfliction’ line between a Russian-backed Syrian regime west of a river, and a U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led SDF to a east. U.S.-Russian agreement on this aegis section is a earnest sign. It allows, in effect, for a U.S. and a allies to transparent a Islamic State’s capital, Raqqa, while Russia and a Syrian regime take a city of Deir al-Zour … The line keeps a combatants focused on a Islamic State, rather than ring with any other. What Trump and Putin should plead during a Group of 20 limit is possibly this new agreement on a subdivision line is a indication for wider U.S.-Russian team-work in Syria. Russian-American team-work on Syria faces a outrageous barrier right now. [And conflicting all the] negatives, there’s customarily one certain argument: Working with Russia competence be a customarily proceed to revoke a spin of assault in Syria and to emanate a substructure for a calmer, some-more decentralized republic that can eventually redeem from a comfortless war.”

Activists dressed as Theresa May, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin fist an arrogant creation during an eventuality to criticism a arriving G20 summit. (Focke Strangmann/European Pressphoto Agency)

— Trump’s preference to revisit Poland brazen of a G-20 limit — instead of some-more absolute allies like Germany, France or Britain — is creation waves opposite Europe. The New York Times’ Rick Lyman reports: “For Mr. Trump, a stop in Poland on Thursday is something of an appetiser before a categorical course, a revisit to a accessible right-wing, populist supervision with a consanguine proceed on any series of pivotal issues, from immigration to tellurian warming and spark mining. Opponents worry that a revisit will be seen as a taciturn publicity of a Polish supervision that has been criticized by a E.U. partners for moves to co-opt a news media, a domestic opponents and, many recently, a courts. Some fear that a revisit competence serve dilate a crevasse between East and West in a European Union, that Mr. Trump has disparaged previously, and embolden leaders like (Jaroslaw) Kaczynski and Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, who has been likewise criticized for a light authoritarianism.”

— For her part, Angela Merkel also faces a formidable exam in Hamburg this week: favourable a beliefs of mercantile and domestic integration, whose critics now embody not customarily a presidents of Turkey and Russia, though also a United States. Isaac Stanley-Becker reports: “It is an unsettling unfolding for Germany, a republic that owes a complicated existence to transatlantic ties. Merkel … recognizes that a U.S. now stands detached from Europe on multilateral cooperation, quite when it comes to a environment. To make a E.U. clever adequate to mount on a possess is among a categorical reasons she is seeking German electorate for a fourth tenure in a Sep election. But achieving her ambition, and favourable Europe in a face of a warlike Russia and inward-looking U.S., will be a new plea for a artless tactician who disclaims grand visions. ‘People are awaiting her to stop a universe from relocating in this protectionist direction, and to mount adult for democracy,’ pronounced Hans Kundnani, a comparison transatlantic associate during a German Marshall Fund. ‘But a thought that a German chancellor can reinstate a [U.S.] boss is nonsense.’”

— “Trump’s unpopularity abroad is forcing leaders to cruise their possess domestic positions, before removing too tighten to a [U.S. president] — even if they find to safety Washington’s still critical tellurian purpose as a guarantor of magnanimous marketplace economics and democracy,” CNN’s Stephen Collinson explains. “But increasingly, tip unfamiliar policymakers from Germany to Iraq and Canada to Asia are considering a duration when US care that many took for postulated competence be rebate transparent in tellurian affairs. … [Canadian] Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland profoundly thanked a U.S. for being ‘truly a indispensable nation’ that had ensured 70 years of assent and wealth in a plead to council final month. But she concurred that serene duration was ending[:] ‘The fact that a crony and fan has come to doubt a really value of a layer of tellurian leadership, puts into crook concentration a need for a rest of us to set a possess transparent and emperor course,’ Freeland said.”

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to a media during a White House final month. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)


— A sovereign appeals justice on Monday blocked a EPA’s 90-day cessation of new glimmer standards on oil and gas wells, delivering a probable reversal to a Trump administration’s extended authorised devise for rolling behind Obama-era rules. Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson report: “In a 2-to-1 ruling, a U.S. Court of Appeals for a [DC] Circuit resolved that a EPA had a right to recur a 2016 order tying methane and smog-forming pollutants issued by oil and gas wells though could not check a effective date while it sought to rewrite a regulation.  The EPA … had argued that a stay [Scott] Pruitt imposed final month was not thesis to legal review, given it did not consecrate final movement on a rule. But a justice deserted that interpretation … The statute could impact innumerable agencies that have behind a Obama administration’s regulations, some for prolonged periods. And it underscores a limit to that activists are branch to a courts to retard [Trump’s] many desirous process shifts.”

— Forty-four states have now refused to yield certain forms of voter information to Trump’s voter rascal panel, after clamp authority Kris Kobach sent a minute requesting a brood of voter information, that he pronounced will eventually be finished public. CNN’s Liz Stark and Grace Hauck report: “State leaders and voting play opposite a republic have responded to a minute with varying degrees of team-work … But a elect … seemed to mistake voter remoteness laws nationwide. Every state that responded to a commission’s minute pronounced it could not yield Social Security numbers, for example. Others pronounced they cruise information such as birth dates and jubilee affiliations to be private. What’s more, Kobach asked states to supply a information by an online portal. Many states have deserted this specific request, observant that a elect should record a voter information ask by determined state websites, as any other jubilee would.”


— Republican governors opposite a republic are confronting standoffs with their legislatures over budgets.

— Live by a New York media market, die by a New York media market: None of a governors have gotten scarcely as many courtesy as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who sealed a bill agreement early yesterday after he was photographed lounging on one of a beaches sealed to a public. Robert Costa reports: “The stage … again suggested a indifferent come-back that has both carried and hobbled Christie’s domestic career. That opinion bearing him into stardom and afterwards out — and into President Trump’s middle round and afterwards to a edge. … Christie has not been shamed by his loss support or prone to keep a reduce form as he serves out his final months. Instead, he has been as dismissive and as steadfast as ever.”

— The scandal, that has been dubbed “Beachgate” in New Jersey, threatens to customarily wear Christie’s capitulation rating, that has trended neatly downward given a Bridgegate liaison initial broke. The numbers have warranted Christie a moniker “America’s many unpopular governor” and forced pundits to all though write off a probability of a Republican feat in New Jersey’s gubernatorial choosing after this year. Philip Bump charts his domestic fall:

— As a pointer of how poisonous he’s become, Christie’s Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Republican hopeful to attain him in this November’s off-year election, felt compelled to impugn her using mate on amicable media:

— The bargain in New Jersey was generally hold adult given of a governor’s direct that state’s largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, put $300 million of a pot toward an opioid diagnosis program. The New York Times’ Kate Taylor and Annie Correal report: “Although a final bargain was described as a compromise, Mr. Christie got tiny of what he wanted. Instead of carrying to palm over some of a reserves, Horizon supposed some new, comparatively teenager requirements, including submitting to annual eccentric audits. The bargain also imposed a tip on Horizon’s pot … It was transparent on Tuesday that what was approaching to dawdle in people’s minds was not a sum of a bill debate, though a picture of a administrator and his family enjoying a ideal day during a beach, while a open was barred.”

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) delivers his State of a State residence in Springfield in January. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register around AP)

— While Christie was forced to concede with his legislature, Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s simply changed on though him. The state Senate customarily overrode his halt and will lift a income taxation to change a bill and avoid a hillside in Illinois’s credit rating, the Chicago Tribune’s Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger report: “The measures now wait movement in a House, where 15 Republicans pennyless ranks with a administrator over a weekend to approve a bill package. … Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Republican governor’s arch nemesis in a bill conflict that’s consumed state supervision for some-more than dual years, pronounced he approaching a package of bills to eventually spin law. … Rauner did not seem in open Tuesday and has not taken journalists’ questions for weeks. He announced his halt around Facebook.” (Rauner already faces a formidable reelection subsequent year. Unlike in many Senate races, there is no necessity of Democrats chomping during a bit to run conflicting him.)

— In Maine, both Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic legislators are claiming credit for finale their possess state shutdown early Tuesday. The Portland Press Herald’s Penelope Overton and Kevin Miller report: “Members of both parties rushed to explain feat for finale a corner while revelation electorate they had stood clever on a issues that mattered most. Those enclosed removing state employees behind to work, a $162 million boost in open preparation funds, and rejecting of both a 3 percent income-tax surcharge on a state’s wealthiest residents and a 1½ commission indicate boost in a stay taxation … While Republicans took honour in station firm, Democrats claimed it was they who finished a shutdown by surrender on issues such as a stay taxation in sell for removing state employees behind to work, securing $4.2 million in additional appropriation for Head Start and a Maine Clean Elections Fund, and fending off cuts to preparation appropriation and behavioral health services.”

Daniel De la Torres, left, watches a National Independence Day with his cousins yesterday in Washington, DC. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)


— “Independence Day jubilee in nation’s collateral starts on a note of unity,” by Rachel Chason, Ellie Silverman and Mary Hui: “Americans, fast a time of unpleasant domestic division, still came together by a thousands in a nation’s collateral Tuesday to applaud a messy, infuriating and miraculous autonomy they have common for 241 years. In a shade of a Capitol many perspective as some-more frustrating than functional, adults of any paint and jubilee found togetherness in a red, white and blue of hats, socks, face paint — and during slightest one cape. In a marathon day of marching bands, beach song and unstable toilets, partisans didn’t so many put their causes divided for a Fourth of Jul — with ‘Make America Great Again’ caps and ‘Resist’ signs pity space in a throng — as find ways to applaud side by side in annoy of them.”

— “Despite brag and large promises, a economy that President Trump is touting this week looks a lot like a one he lambasted as a candidate: a slow, mostly solid grub that has chipped divided during a repairs finished by a 2008-2009 retrogression though unsuccessful to furnish a wealth of decades past,” Damian Paletta and Ana Swanson report: “Now, as he approaches a six-month pen of his presidency, Trump faces several new warning signs that pivotal areas of a economy could be losing steam, including in industries he privately betrothed to revitalize. Automobile sales, a heart of a production economy, are in a months-long swoon. Both General Motors and Ford on Monday reported that their sales had slid 5 percent in Jun as a industry’s workers continue to be strike with layoffs. U.S. bureau outlay fell in May … [and] construction of new homes fell to an eight-month low.” Economist Lindsey Piegza pronounced she believes there is a clarity of “pessimism fatigue”: “There’s a clarity where, it’s not fantastic, though this competence be as good as it gets, so let’s applaud mediocrity.”

— “The winning entrance in Iran’s Trump animation competition shows a drooling boss wearing a coupler finished of U.S. dollars,” by Adam Taylor: “Iranian artist Hadi Asadi has beaten hundreds of other contestants to win initial place in a ‘Trumpism’ animation competition hold in Tehran — his winning mimic depicting President Trump as a flame-haired male wearing a fit finished of dollar bills, drooling onto a raise of books … Organizers explain that artists from 75 countries took partial in a contest, where 1,600 artworks were counsel — including 4 from a United States. Many of a cartoons compared Trump to Hitler — a counsel thesis during a event, that used a trademark formed on a Nazi emblem.”


Lawmakers distinguished a Fourth of July:

From a president’s daughter:

And a rebate unifying summary from a president’s son:

From a ex-U.S. contention who was dismissed by Trump:

From a HuffPost reporter:

From a British Embassy:

From a Rolling Stone reporter:

The boss talked adult a country’s “great jobs numbers” and a cost of gas:

He also offering support for Charlie Gard, a terminally ill baby in a United Kingdom. A sanatorium is melancholy to spin off his life support given of his bad prognosis, and his relatives would like accede to move him to a United States for an initial treatment:

People from a heat swamps of a Internet pounded CNN for tracking down a Reddit user who posted a wrestling video that a boss tweeted over a weekend. The user has given apologized. The op-ed editor during a New York Post is perplexing to keep a concentration on a stories that matter: how White House amicable media editor Dan Scavino came opposite a video and given a boss common it.

As a New York Times contributor notes:


— The New Yorker, “America’s Future Is Texas,” by Lawrence Wright: “For some-more than a century, Texas was underneath Democratic rule. The state was always culturally conservative, religious, and militaristic, though a aria of pragmatism kept it from being entirely swept adult in injustice and worried ideology. Economic populism, generally in a farming areas, offering a counterweight to a capitalists in a cities. But in a nineteen-seventies a state began changeable rightward … [Tom] Craddick was a initial Republican orator given 1873. With his choosing to a post, a manoeuvre was complete. ‘But it wasn’t customarily about winning elections,’ he told me. ‘We had a redistricting plan.’”

— Politico, “Inside a White House’s policy-making juggernaut,” by Nancy Cook and Andrew Restuccia: “Under executive Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs banker, a once-staid and process-oriented [National Economic Council] has spin a executive force in a infamous process battles personification out in President Donald Trump’s White House. While Cohn has stocked a NEC with clever process hands — a relations monument during a tip levels of Trump’s organisation — he’s also finished it a aim for conservatives in a West Wing who fear that Cohn is pulling a boss to assuage his plead promises.”

— BBC, “The day a puzzling cyber-attack crippled Ukraine,” by Christian Borys: “This time final week, an online dispute brought disharmony to Ukraine’s banks, hospitals and government, before swelling worldwide. The justification suggests that income was not a aim — a genuine goal was disguised. Could it be a pointer of something some-more critical to come?”

— The New York Times, “Coast Guard Faces Challenges during Sea, and during a Budget Office,” by Ron Nixon: “Halting drugs is apropos increasingly formidable for a Coast Guard, that has operated with prosaic budgets even as a goal has expanded.”



Trump will transport to Warsaw currently to flog off his second outing abroad as president.

Pence has dual phone calls on his news today: one with a boss of Afghanistan and another with a high deputy of a E.U.



— “It’s a wise proceed to lapse to a office, with clouds, as good as on-and-off showers,” the Capital Weather Gang forecasts. “We’ll approaching see some-more showers via a day. While it won’t be raining everywhere during all times, it’ll occur adequate to make we wish we had brought an powerful along. Shower activity could be spasmodic assuage to heavy, generally opposite a western or southern suburbs, so greatfully use additional counsel if we get hold in a heavier downpour. Highs are hold in check, settling in a mid-80s or so. Notably, steam stays moderate, and that won’t be changing anytime soon.”

— D.C. authorities are questioning during slightest 6 shootings and a stabbing that took place final night, Justin Jouvenal reports.

— The Nationals kick a Mets 11-4, their 1,000th unchanging deteriorate feat as a team, Chelsea Janes reports.

— The executive Nats scorekeeper, David Vincent, died Sunday from stomach cancer. Chelsea writes a good tribute: “He was 67 years old, and we will skip him.”

— Washington Wizards brazen Otto Porter Jr. has been offering a four-year, $106 million agreement by a Brooklyn Nets. The Wizards are approaching to compare a offer, that does not spin executive until Thursday, to keep Porter on a team. (Tim Bontemps)

— The Republican using in Virginia’s contention ubiquitous race, John Adams, is perplexing to strike a ethereal change in his campaign. Laura Vozzella reports: “A former Naval officer and sovereign prosecutor perplexing to replace Attorney General Mark Herring (D), Adams is using as both blunt regressive and despotic sticky to a order of law. The grounds of his plead is that Herring is conjunction — that a sitting contention ubiquitous has focussed a law to allege a magnanimous agenda, starting customarily 12 days into his term, when he refused to urge a state’s inherent anathema on happy marriage.”

— The devise to temporarily immigrate Kimball Elementary propagandize students to Adelaide Davis Elementary as Kimball undergoes reformation has some locals using scared. Joe Heim and Clarence Williams report: “The ‘swing’ propagandize sits in a working-class Southeast area of well-kept single-family homes. But it is a retard from a open housing complex, Benning Terrace, that for decades has been tormented by crime and regarded as one of a city’s some-more dangerous places. To locals, it’s famous as Simple City. Or Simp. Or Baby Vietnam.

— A womanlike firefighter in a Arlington County Fire Department helps to classify a girls-only summer stay meant to get some-more teenage women meddlesome in a profession, Dana Hedgpeth reports.


Dogs offering a fireworks PSA on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission blew adult mannequins and watermelons on a Mall to denote a risk acted by fireworks:

Trump pronounced that he has never listened a tenure “second lady”:

The doctored footage that a boss tweeted out of violence adult a CNN trademark comes from an tangible WWE quarrel in 2007:

The Post’s fact-checker organisation annotated a White House’s spin on health care:

A gun control organisation expelled a come-back ad to a NRA spot that caused controversy:

Police discovered a array longhorn trapped inside a prohibited automobile in Florida:

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