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CNN's Clarissa Ward said during last night's live coverage of the London Bridge terrorist rampage that the slaughter on a summery Saturday night was "sadly, rather unsurprising."
The attack (seven killed, 48 injured in a two-location assault with a van and knives; three suspects shot dead by police) came five days before U.K. elections, and was England's third terrorist horror in less than three months.
President Trump was like a first responder, quickly retweeting a Drudge headline before details were confirmed: "Fears of new terror attack after van 'mows down 20 people' on London Bridge."
"Enough is enough" ... Prime Minister Theresa May, seeking reelection on Thursday, warned in somber remarks outside No. 10 this morning that there has been "far too much tolerance of extremism" in the U.K., and promised to step up the fight against Islamist terrorism, per The Guardian:
A bunch of out of-the-box names are getting buzz in elite Democratic circles for their quiet maneuvering to be part of the 2020 conversation:
Trying to show action despite a balky Congress, and knowing the week's news is likely to be dominated by fired FBI Director Jim Comey's public testimony on Thursday, President Trump is hitting the road to try to generate a little offense.
On Wednesday, he'll fly to Ohio (Ohio River, bordering Kentucky) "to address ways of improving levees, dams and locks along inland waterways that are crucial to agricultural exports."
The White House's "infrastructure week" gets a top-of-front page story by the WashPost's John Wagner:
For your radar ... L.A. Times' Dakota Smith: "Mayor Eric Garcetti says he is worried that arrests of immigrants by federal authorities could trigger riots in Los Angeles and put police officers in danger."
Fallout from the Paris exit dominates non-London news and commentary ...
On "Face the Nation," Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. tells John Dickerson, when asked if Trump believes in climate change:
"He believes the climate is changing. And he believes pollutants are part of that equation."
IndieWire's Eric Kohn: "Thanks to Trump, [Al] Gore just became the summer's biggest movie star — and, short of Wonder Woman, one of its most exciting superheroes, a larger-than-life figure whose ongoing efforts speak to the prospects of finding hope in dire situations."
Maureen Dowd's column: "America is living through a fractured fairy tale, in the grip of a lonely and uninformed mad king, an arrogant and naïve princeling, a comely but complicit blond princess and a dyspeptic, dystopian troll under the bridge." Infrastructure week!
And, of course, Russia ... Monica Crowley, a foreign-policy assistant to Richard Nixon from 1990 to 1994, writes in the N.Y. Post ("The warnings Nixon would give Trump") that he told her that ...
"[H]e should have recognized that, given the grave threat he posed to the establishment and media, he should have been hyper-vigilant and hyper-ethical, leaving no openings anywhere for anyone to leverage against him."
Chaser, also N.Y. Post: "'Kushnergate' is a big fat nothing-burger."
Megyn Kelly landed a one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin for tonight's debut of her "Sunday Night" (7 on NBC, against "60 Minutes"). David Ignatius says she was tough on him in a roundtable that she moderated as part of her St. Petersburg trip:
"[A] session with Kelly ... included sharp questions about the hacking scandal, Syria and Ukraine — and Putin grew increasingly aggressive, sarcastic and peeved."
As part of Megyn Kelly's P.R. push ahead of the show, NBC offered us a brief phoner, which we taped while awaiting the closing of the boarding door on the DCA-LGA shuttle, with a passenger in first class summoning a flight attendant because my hushed conversation in coach was disturbing his reverie:
This looks strikingly like a latter-day Wright brothers contraption ... A startup backed by Toyota is building a tiny flying car that engineers hope will develop into a viable vehicle who drive will be able to light the Olympic torch at Tokyo's 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.
For now, though, the project is a concoction of aluminum framing and eight propellers that barely gets off the ground and crashes after several seconds, AP's Uri Kageyama writes from Toyota Japan:
The goal ... is ... a seamless transition from driving to flight, like the world of "Back to the Future ...
Toyota has invested 42.5 million yen ($386,000) in startup Cartivator Resource Management to work on "Sky Drive ." At a test flight Saturday in the city where the automaker is based, the gadgetry, about the size of a car and loaded with batteries and sensors, blew up a lot of sand and made a lot of noise.
It managed to get up as high as eye level for several seconds before tilting and falling to the ground. Basketballs attached to its bottom served as cushions. After several attempts, the endeavor had to be canceled after one of the covers got detached from the frame and broke, damaging the propellers.
To tell your graduate ... Famed golfer Phil Mickelson "says he will miss the U.S. Open [starts June 15 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin] for the first time in 24 years to attend his oldest daughter's high school graduation in California."
"This is the same daughter who nearly caused Mickelson to miss the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, where he carried a beeper ... Amanda was born the next day. And now she's graduating high school."