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Speaker Pelosi, who used to treat President Trump like a naughty grandchild, last week adopted a notably more confrontational public posture, as she tried to defuse the impeachment fever rising among House Democrats.
Why it matters: "Pelosi’s allies said her taunting of Trump now is intentional, designed to get under his skin and elicit an angry reaction," per the WashPost.
The N.Y. Times tallied how many times President Trump has ribbed or insulted 2020 Democratic candidates:
Be smart: "The president appears to be focusing on the leading candidates, especially when they are enjoying an upsurge in media coverage."
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The change that was promised by a wave of Trump-era leaders who rose to power around the world hasn't materialized, Axios' Shane Savitsky writes.
Trump's stalled domestic agenda is small ball next to the international issues he has created or inserted himself into: trade wars, confrontations with Iran and summits with North Korea, Middle East peace.
Why it matters: Democracy, designed to be deliberative and gradual, has become downright dysfunctional as political polarization takes root worldwide.
🇪🇺 Breaking later today ... With nationalists on the rise, first exit polls from European elections expected noon ET; preliminary results at 2:15 p.m. ET. (AP)
Spring skiers enjoyed temps in the 50s at Arapahoe Basin ski and snowboard area in Dillon, Colo., which has extended the season until at least June 16.
Elite spellers now can pay to get a spot in the iconic Scripps National Spelling Bee, The Wall Street Journal's Shalini Shankar reports (subscription):
"This new pay-to-play option, called 'RSVBee,' nearly doubled the number of young people vying for the championship to more than 500."
Why it matters: "Now, paying contestants will outnumber those who got there the traditional way."
Politics now makes up about 60% of airtime on ABC News' "The View," Amanda FitzSimons writes in today's N.Y. Times Magazine:
"The View" [ABC] has become an influential political talk show because it isn’t one. The panelists ... share intimate details of their lives: how many times a week they step on a scale, how long it was until they slept with someone else after their divorces. The show also has an off-the-cuff-ness that the panelists and producers take seriously — part of what they know viewers tune in to see. ...
"The View" isn’t the only show on TV that fuses entertainment with news and thrives off its ability to be unrehearsed. There’s MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," which could be described as what you might imagine "Meet the Press" is like during commercial breaks ...
According to the consumer-intelligence company MRI-Simmons, almost 65 percent of its viewers who are registered to vote are Democrats, and only 12.6 percent are Republicans. ... 72 percent of its audience is female.
"Trump’s tariffs could fizzle fireworks, an American tradition that’s 95 percent made in China," the WashPost's Taylor Telford reports:
Why it matters: "[T]hough shipments for this year’s Fourth of July celebrations theoretically shouldn’t be affected by tariffs, vendors might raise prices anyway, to start making up for what they’ll lose once the taxes kick in."
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