Happy holiday Saturday morning, and welcome to July! It's Canada Day. Situational awareness: A request from Trump's voting commission for info about every U.S. voter is getting a rocky reception in the states, per AP: Even some conservative states that voted for Trump, such as Texas, say they can provide only partial responses based on what is legally allowed.
Hail Mary, or Hindenburg?
Either way, the White House recognizes it faces long odds to rescue the health-care bill as senators head home for the Fourth.
Axios' Jonathan Swan ferreted out the intriguing news that the White House has reached out to former Trump campaign officials in hopes of ginning up repeal-and-replace rallies in Maine to pressure Sen. Susan Collins, and Nevada to try to retrieve Sen. Dean Heller.
Both are long shots. Three Republican defections kill the bill, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky also looks firmly opposed.
The White House has engaged its political office — led by former Christie aide Bill Stepien — to put localized pressure on Collins and Heller, including appeals from Republican mayors and legislators, and perhaps the rallies.
Sources inside the administration are deeply skeptical that this will work.
Sound smart: Momentum matters — in sports, in love and in politics. Momentum is all against the GOP.
Bloomberg reveals that Jared Kushner almost bought the National Enquirer three years ago: "Kushner and his brother-in-law, Joe Meyer, tried with Enquirer publisher David Pecker to buy the tabloid's owner, American Media Inc. ... The deal ultimately fell through because of weak advertising revenue at the time."
Those nuggets reflect the close Trump/Enquirer relationship, spotlighted by the bizarre back-and-forth between Trump and the "Morning Joe" co-hosts over his involvement in a piece about them:
Sound smart: We can't top Drudge's banner, "SUMMER OF CRAZY."
The White House salary list shows three officials working for free: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and one of Jared's lieutenants, Reed Cordish, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives (worth more than $100 million).
For comparison ... Bloomberg's Toluse Olorunnipa and John McCormick: "Women occupy a smaller portion of those earning top pay under Trump than in his predecessor's administration. Among 22 individuals earning the top salary, 73 percent are male, with 16 men and six women."
"During the final year of ... Obama's administration, males accounted for 56 percent of those earning the maximum salary of $176,461, a level reached by nine men and seven women. ...
"[T]he data ... show information for 377 employees, compared to 487 in the Obama administration's first year."
Vanessa Friedman, N.Y. Times fashion director/critic, offers a fascinating behind-the-click of the official portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron (age 39), released by Élysées Palace. In "Emmanuel Macron Raises the Presidential Portrait Stakes," she writes about a video of the portrait-making, which includes "Macron facing an empty desk that he then fills, very carefully, with an assortment of objects":
"two cellphones, three books (a Charles de Gaulle memoir, André Gide's 'Fruits of the Earth' and Stendhal's 'The Red and the Black'), a brass clock and a bronze rooster. He is shown carefully opening the memoir ... as if ... he has been stopped amid ... referencing his famous forefather's thoughts."
Friedman's read on the shot, which "shows Mr. Macron in a perfectly pressed dark suit and skinny navy tie leaning against the front of the desk, ... the windows ... flung open to reveal the ... Élysées garden":
Worth reading the whole thing ... N.Y. Times, top of front page, "Women in Tech Reveal Culture Of Harassment: 2 Dozen Break Silence on Men's Behavior," by Katie Benner: "Most venture capitalists and entrepreneurs are men, with female entrepreneurs receiving $1.5 billion in funding last year versus $58.2 billion for men, according to the data firm PitchBook."
"Many of the investors hold outsize power, since entrepreneurs need their money to turn ideas and innovations into a business. And because the venture industry operates with few disclosure requirements, people have kept silent about investors who cross the lines with entrepreneurs."
Worries cloud Wall Street romp... Wall Street Journal lead story, "Stocks' Strong First Half Worries Market Watchers," by Steven Russolillo in Hong Kong (in print: "Global Stocks Cap Strong First Half"):
Shane Savitsky, Axios Newsdesk reporter, describes his music taste as "firmly in my pop punk phase at 27 instead of 17.
For Week 2 of our Saturday tunes, Shane nominates "Never Been Wrong" by Waxahatchee: "Everything Katie Crutchfield touches is gold ... The new album from her band, Waxahatchee, comes out in two weeks — and I can already guarantee it'll be my most played of the year."