Bulletin ... Hamburg/AP: "Putin says Trump asked many questions about Russian meddling ... and they had long discussion on the topic."
When Trump met Putin, he didn't give the commentariat what it wanted: a threat or confrontation over Russian interference in the 2016 election. But by raising the issue (although the sides disagree on how forcefully), Trump at least temporarily defused an issue he has consistently failed to navigate.
The meeting, 30 minutes on the schedule, stretched to 2 hours, 16 minutes. Axios' Jonathan Swan's postgame:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Trump, at the outset of Putin meeting: "We look forward to a lot of very positive happenings for Russia, and for the United States, and for everybody concerned. And it's an honor to be with you."
Trending term: "G19" statement reaffirming Paris climate agreement, sans U.S.
The big picture:
The pushback ... John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, in WashPost, "Why is Trump tweeting about me when he should be doing his job?": "Trump is supposed to be doing his job representing the United States in a respectable fashion to make sure we maintain and enhance our standing around the world. Instead, he has his face glued to his phone. It's really sad that the U.S. president can't get his head in the game even at the G-20 summit of world leaders."
The Trump administration plans to delay and ultimately rescind an Obama administration rule allowing foreign entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. to start companies, Axios Tech Editor Kim Hart reports.
At the summit, the World Bank Group today announced creation of "an innovative new [fund] that aims to enable more than $1 billion to advance women's entrepreneurship and help women in developing countries gain increased access to the finance, markets, and networks necessary to start and grow a business."
Malcolm Gladwell ("The Tipping Point") to NBC's Willie Geist on tomorrow's "Sunday Today," on change in America:
"We take one step forward and then we take two steps back. That doesn't happen in the same way in [Gladwell's native] Canada or in other parts where I'm most familiar with. It's a very American kind of thing. And I wonder whether we aren't at the beginning of an extended period of backlash in this country, which is a very typical American period ...
"[I]n the face of overwhelming amounts of change in a very small time, what people basically do is they say, 'Stop. Enough. Let's process through this.' So there's this angry, vicious backlash. But when change happens in a hurry, ... people ... have to find some way to make sense of it. ... I feel like maybe we are on the cusp of something similar." See the video.
A regulatory filing yesterday shows that Amazon SVP Jay Carney, former White House press secretary and TIME Washington bureau chief, helped play matchmaker in one of the most fascinating and consequential business deals of the year: Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods.
"Papers reveal awkward advances ... Rival suitors forced Amazon to raise Whole Foods bid," by Financial Times' Anna Nicolaou and Jessica Dye (subscription):
"The calling" ... In tomorrow's Washington Post Magazine, 10 activists from across the political spectrum tell KK Ottesen what has sustained them on their journeys:
Mike's facts of life: The thread in the comments of these world-changing people is that the germ of their work was in conversations they had as children. So if you have the privilege to have a young person in your life, ya never know what you might spark by how you live and what you say.
"Man vs. Machine" ... Broad-market indexes gain on active stock-picking, Barron's columnist Kopin Tan writes (free link for Axios readers):
P.S. "Oil Prices Could Rise by 35% Later This Year: A prescient analyst at Citigroup thinks oil, recently at $44 a barrel, could head to $60," by Barron's columnist Gene Epstein: "The price of crude oil could touch $60 a barrel before the end of this year, as demand exceeds supply." Free link for Axios readers.
Cover of tomorrow's N.Y. Times Business section, "Amy Pascal's Hollywood Ending, Complete With Comeback Twist: After a humiliating 2014 cyberattack that helped lead to her ouster at Sony Pictures, the producer decided her life in the movie business was far from over," by Brooks Barnes in L.A.:
P.S. "In Hollywood, Asian American actors see few lead roles, and pay discrepancies when they land one," by L.A. Times' Meg James and David Ng: "Says one actor: 'If you want to be a store owner, the nail salon lady or the IT-tech guy, those are the parts, but rarely do we get a chance to be the main character.'"
Once a month, as a Saturday treat, Axios AM checks in with the world's most interesting and consequential people on their passions, quirks and life hacks.
Today, with the help of my colleagues Evan Ryan and Molly Mitchell, our breakfast conversation is with comedian and activist Chelsea Handler, whose "Chelsea" talk show drops on Netflix on Fridays @ noon PT.
With no prodding or editing needed, Handler answered in Axios-style smart brevity:
See "My 6 Big Things" from Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom.