Good Tuesday morning from Cannes.
Situational awareness: The school board in Richmond, Va. (former Confederate capital) voted 6-1 yesterday to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named for a Southern general enshrined on the city's Monument Avenue, to Barack Obama Elementary School. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
President Trump is entering a new phase of his presidency: He's now dealing in real-time with the consequences of his policy decisions, Jonathan Swan points out:
Overlaying all of this are three trends:
Be smart, from a well-wired Republican: "Trump's biggest crisis will come if the trade wars cause a slowdown in the economy. The boom is giving him a cushion against the impact of his policies, personal behavior and impetuous decision making. No boom, no cushion. Political collapse."
A 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12 in McAllen, Texas.
"Papa! Papa!" Listen to the audio and see the quotes: A secret audio recording, obtained by ProPublica, captures the desperate screams from several Central American migrant children who were separated from their parents last week, while a border patrol agent jokes that their cries sound like an "orchestra."
The Wall Street Journal's lead editorial warns today: "The GOP’s Immigration Meltdown ... Restrictionists may cost Republicans their majorities in Congress."
Nevertheless, West Wing sources tell Jonathan Swan and me that President Trump has shown little indication that he'll climb down from the zero-tolerance border policy that's separating thousands of children from their parents.
But Republican worries about the fallout are rising:
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, facing a tougher than expected reelection race, yesterday introduced "Emergency Legislation to Keep Illegal Immigrant Families Together":
Breaking ... A letter to be released this morning by a bipartisan group of 72 former U.S. attorneys (starting with New York's Preet Bharara) calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions "to announce that this policy was ill-conceived and that its consequences and cost are too drastic":
President Trump's comments defending his zero-tolerance border policy "sent his clearest signal yet ... that he intends to make divisive, racially charged issues like immigration central going into the campaign season," the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman report:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Republican pollster Whit Ayres: “Somehow I don’t think that putting kids in cages is likely to go over very well with suburban moms."
"All four former first ladies have joined the current one, Melania Trump, in an unusual united political front expressing horror at children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border," AP's Leanne Italie reports:
"President Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods and Beijing warned it would retaliate, in a rapid escalation of the trade conflict between the world’s two biggest economies," per Reuters.
Bottom line, from Swan: It’s another Trump threat. Worth paying attention to. But trade lawyers won’t flip out about it until they see an actual tariffs list.
Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low: 14% of U.S adults (about 30 million people) were smokers last year, down from 16% the year before, and 42% in the 1960s, per government figures out today. (AP)
The New Yorker's Adam Entous ... "How Trump and Three Other U.S. Presidents Protected Israel’s Worst-Kept Secret: Its Nuclear Arsenal":
"Seven prominent private schools in the D.C. area plan to eliminate Advanced Placement classes over the next four years," the WashPost's Nick Anderson reports:
For the first time, gaming addiction will be listed as a mental health condition ("gaming disorder") by the World Health Organization, per BBC:
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