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Some administration officials are so optimistic about making progress with North Korea's Kim Jong-un that they hope a Round 2 with President Trump can be held in New York in September, when world leaders pour into Trump's hometown for the U.N. General Assembly.
Regardless of whether Kim gets another meeting with the leader of the free world just three months after the Singapore summit, the U.S. is giving him more time to begin denuclearizing despite new doubts about North Korea's good faith.
Headlines this weekend raise substantial questions:
Experts consulted by Axios sounded more bearish than the administration:
Be smart: Michael Morell, former CIA acting and deputy director, said Kim’s real intentions will be debatable until he formally reveals his arsenal and capabilities. Kim’s past declarations have been suspect, so that’s when "we’ll know if this is a different North Korea than we’ve seen in the past."
"Most members of [Massachusetts'] solidly Democratic congressional delegation have seen a surge in the number of prospective interns as the Trump administration moves through its second year," James Sullivan writes for the Boston Globe:
Why it matters: "Millennials, once considered largely unengaged politically, are getting involved."
"Left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador has claimed victory in Mexico's presidential election, saying 'profound change' is coming," per BBC:
Trump tweets: "Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico. I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!"
Be smart ... Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer tells me (with his trademark capitalization) that AMLO "is going to put an end to most of [current president] pena nieto’s economic reforms, and the business class there has been strongly opposed to him."
Teachers strike at the Oklahoma State Capitol. (J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
After spring protests, teachers are taking their fight for equal pay to the ballot box, Axios' Michael Sykes reports:
Why it matters: These victories send a message to incumbent politicians, at home and in other states.
Go deeper: Why teachers are walking out of the classroom.
This image from a fake video of former President Obama shows facial mapping used to make people appear to say things they've never said. (AP Photo)
"New technology ... lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they've never said. ... Lawmakers and intelligence officials worry that the bogus videos — called deepfakes — could be used to threaten national security or interfere in elections," AP's Deb Riechmann reports:
"Deepfakes are so named because they utilize deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence":
Be smart: "People may dismiss as fake genuine footage, say of a real atrocity."
From the August issue of Vanity Fair ... "Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the World Wide Web, has some regrets ... Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it," by Katrina Brooker:
"A Detroit Free Press/USA Today Network investigation found that the SUV revolution is the most likely cause of escalating pedestrian deaths nationwide, which are up 46 percent since 2009," per USA Today:
On the same day that President Trump is in Helsinki to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, legislators from Western nations will be in Washington for a meeting, sponsored by the Atlantic Council, to discuss the Russian threat and the challenges posed by social media and disinformation.
"Late Saturday night meeting with Magic Johnson sealed LeBron James' decision to accept Lakers offer ... Johnson gets team star it needs to return to elite, in a move that shifts NBA’s balance of power ," by L.A. Times' Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner:
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