The most awkward waiting game in Washington is being endured by Vice President Mike Pence, who can't look like he's distancing himself from his boss, but has to protect his own viability amid the chaos at 1600.
As part of navigating this volatile White House, look for Pence to spend even more time outside Washington, including an upcoming foreign trip.
"Changes for him are ones that also apply broadly to the White House," an adviser said. "Both of them need to go out and sell more. ... When they don't, they respond all day to handful of journalists and politicians out to kill them."
Traveling gives the V.P. physical and psychological distance from a West Wing where presidential aides privately speculate about a President Pence. The dilemma is similar to that facing every White House #2 who wants a political future — but is more acute because of the swarm of investigations.
"He needs to chart an independent course, with more distance from Trump," says an ally of both leaders. "Not so much on issues — they're well aligned on issues. He needs distance from the behavior and personal foibles — polite distance."
In his opening paragraph, N.Y. Times columnist Nick Kristof declares: "2017 is likely to be the best year in the history of humanity."
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Kristof writes from Ganta, Liberia, under the headline, "Good News, Despite What You've Heard: The world is beating disease, poverty, illiteracy":
The media gives short shrift to festering crises, then overwhelms us with coverage after they ignite. At Axios, we try to keep big risks on your radar, and illuminate issues that national leaders are worrying about but not talking about.
The lead story of today's L.A. Times pulls together key threads on a vital debate that's getting too little attention ... "U.S. risks escalation in Mideast: As rout of Islamic State nears, Trump's lack of strategy may leave the door open for Iran and Russia," by Tracy Wilkinson, W.J. Hennigan and Mike Memoli:
Current and former leaders from Europe and beyond (including Bill Clinton) gathered in Strasbourg, eastern France, where this homage ceremony was held yesterday for former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the architect of reuniting East and West Germany.
His widow refused a German state funeral after his death June 16 at age 87.
"Poland 1st: Why Trump visits ex-communist nation before UK," by AP's Vanessa Gera in Warsaw:
P.S. From his home in Bedminster, N.J., Trump will speak by telephone at 8 tonight with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and at 8:45 with China President Xi Jinping. Topic is G-20 preview.
"When Dad's the president — a look inside Ivanka Trump's complicated world," by WashPost's Monica Hesse and Krissah Thompson:
"Ivanka Trump's office: clean, white, quiet. A zone of punctual start times ... [a] short, winding walk away from her father's Oval Office downstairs. ... When he wants her opinion, he asks for it and she gives it, but without expectation that it will be followed. She sees her role as not to persuade, but to inform and support ...
"The media and political world exploded [over the Joe/Mika tweets] ... 'Where are Jared and Ivanka right now?' Politico demanded. Ivanka was discussing policy. ...
"[W]hen Ivanka presents her dad with information, she said she tells him what she thinks, and then tries to tell him what the other side's strongest arguments are. 'A lot of the way people try to get things done, or sell things in Washington, is they present facts that align with the outcome that they want the other person to come to ... In business it's the same — they tell you the good facts about a company, not the bad facts. I don't do that. I have never done that."
Be smart: Fact-based persuasion is very much the Jared Kushner approach, as well. When he's trying convince Trump of something, he quietly marshals visits and phone calls with people involved in the topic who are likely to be resonant with Trump.
AP Sports Writer John Pye in Brisbane, Australia: Manny "Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach tipped a 'short and sweet' knockout win for the 11-time world champion in Sunday's so-called 'Battle of Brisbane,' but [Jeff] Horn [of Australia] got a unanimous points decision in his first world title fight — delighting the 51,052-strong crowd."
"The 38-year-old Philippines senator arrived in Brisbane a week ahead of the fight with a chartered plane carrying more than a hundred supporters and as the hot favorite to beat Horn. He leaves without the WBO belt. ... Pacquiao didn't attend the formal post-fight news conference, sending a spokesman to say he was getting treated for the cuts. He also declined to do any interviews in the dressing room."
P.S. "Supermax contract" ... ESPN: "Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry has agreed to a five-year, $201 million extension — the richest contract in league history — with the Golden State Warriors."
"Curry is the first NBA star who will sign a supermax contract, the crossing of a $200 million threshold that eventually will become the norm for the NBA's biggest superstars."