Situational awareness: TSA projects today may be the busiest screening day ever (2.7 million people) — the peak day for the July 4 holiday rush, breaking the record set in 2004, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
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President Trump has repeatedly told top White House officials he wants to withdraw the United States from the World Trade Organization, a move that would throw global trade into wild disarray, people involved in the talks tell Jonathan Swan:
Some aides have tried to explain to Trump that in their view, the U.S. does well at the WTO, given the U.S. has an army of trade lawyers and created the system:
But Trump is unmoved by those arguments, according to sources with direct knowledge:
Between the lines: Even if his advisers put a policy process in place and try to make sure he’s well-informed on what it would mean to try to withdraw from the WTO — there is no guarantee that Trump won’t do it. History shows he doesn't care about the process.
Why this matters: A U.S. withdrawal from the WTO would send global markets into a spiral and cast trillions of dollars of trade into doubt.
The safety valve: Should Trump defy his advisers and announce a withdrawal at some point in the future, he would run into significant legal hurdles.
What’s next? Probably nothing. This move seems too extreme, even for Trump.
But if Trump continues to feel as if he’s being unfairly stymied by the international body, you’d be a fool to confidently declare that he won’t follow through on his desires at some point.
Jonathan Swan has new details from Trump's testy private conversations with heads of state at the G7 summit in Canada earlier this month — a reminder of why allies are on edge heading into next month's NATO summit.
Workers at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., still published a paper this morning after a gunman, with a longstanding grudge against the paper, blasted into the newsroom yesterday afternoon, killing five colleagues:
Police identified the gunman as Jarrod W. Ramos, a 38-year-old Laurel man:
This loss of journalists inside U.S. borders is being mourned by political figures who often have divisive relationships with the news media, Axios media trends reporter Sara Fischer writes:
This was the scene as President Trump joined a Foxconn groundbreaking ceremony yesterday in Mount Pleasant, Wis., with Gov. Scott Walker (Trump's left), Foxconn Chair Terry Gou (Trump's right) and Speaker Paul Ryan (far right).
Here's what else there was to see:
President Trump singled out Justice Anthony Kennedy "for praise even while attacking other members of the Supreme Court. The White House nominated [his former law clerks] to important judicial posts," the N.Y. Times' Adam Liptak and Maggie Haberman write in "Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening":
The Roberts Court ... "With the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and the likelihood that President Trump will choose a more conservative replacement, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. [nominated 13 years ago by President George W. Bush]... will have the ability to supply the deciding fifth vote and dictate the terms of the deal," the WashPost's Bob Barnes writes:
"As female candidates run in record numbers for elective office in this year’s midterm elections, they are changing the traditional campaign scripts — taking on once-taboo topics and pushing gender to the forefront of their political campaigns and advertising," USA Today's Fredreka Schouten writes:
Netflix's entertainment output this year "will far exceed that of any TV network; its production of over 80 feature films is far larger than any Hollywood studio’s," The Economist writes in its cover story:
"The short-term danger is financial":
Be smart ... A lesson that applies to Netflix, and all tech firms: "To keep consumers, regulators and politicians happy over the long term, there is no substitute for competition."
Jill Abramson, former N.Y. Times executive editor, slams her alma mater for "narcissism," its "crucifying" Ali Watkins profile, and "missing" the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, per Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove:
"The sounds from gadgets inside modern smart homes — from Amazon’s Echo to internet-enabled refrigerators — create a state-of-the-art racket. Homeowners are hiring acoustical consultants to damp the din," The Wall Street Journal's Alina Dizik writes (subscription):
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