Good Thursday morning. It's Day 189. Situational awareness: "Police in New York state may soon have ... a textalyzer that allows an officer to quickly check if a cellphone has been in use before a crash" ... New lobbying force, per L.A. Times: "California will soon have open sales of recreational marijuana ... [C]annabis industry is seeking access to the state's political leaders."
White House and Pentagon officials are providing virtually no details about President Trump's decision to ban transgender troops from the military for a simple enough reason: There aren't any.
In the history of presidential decisions, this may have one of the biggest gaps ever between the amount of consequence, symbolism and resonance, and the quantity of internal deliberation or consideration:
Something this big just isn't done this way. It's a victory for Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, no doubt. But there wasn't a huge fight, or clear factions like on the Paris climate decision. Vice President Pence had little to no involvement. It wasn't on the radar of most of the West Wing's New York crowd.
Stand by for answers to such questions as whether the military will continue to cover counseling and drugs, but not hormonal treatment or surgery. There's a widespread assumption that the announcement will be moderated so that current troops are grandfathered in. But who knows?
A Trump win in Paul Ryan's district ... Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Major Apple supplier "Foxconn Technology Group ... pledged to invest $10 billion to build a display panel plant in [southeastern] Wisconsin that could employ up to 13,000 workers and draw up to $3 billion in subsidies from state taxpayers — a deal that could ripple through the economy and 2018 elections."
Politico gets hold of Mooch's financial-disclosure form: "Scaramucci still stands to profit from SkyBridge from the White House" — Lorraine Woellert writes:
A furious Mooch quickly tweeted, then deleted: "In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45."
Scaramucci denied he was suggesting the FBI investigate chief of staff Reince Priebus: "Wrong! Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks. @Reince45."
P.S. WashPost's Phil Rucker: "Some in White House are trying to build a case that Priebus is a leaker — 'a diagram' charting leaks, per senior official — to show Trump."
The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza tweets that the President and the First Lady had dinner last night with Sean Hannnity; Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive who ran prime time; and Anthony Scaramucci.
New York mag's Olivia Nuzzi adds that Kimberly Guilfoyle, a co-host of Fox's "The Five" who said in May that she was being considered to replace Sean Spicer, was also there.
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Maurice Matheson, 24, a subway "Showtime" dancer, on how his troupe will adjust to the new seat-free subway cars being tried as a way to accommodate more passengers:
"There is more space, and we are going to enjoy it more. Once we learn to adapt to dancing in that kind of area — ooh, it's going to be lit."
Underground acrobats ... See a 360° video of subway dancers.
Sessions reprieve? WashPost: "Trump has discussed with confidants and advisers ... the possibility of installing a new attorney general through a recess appointment if Jeff Sessions leaves the job, but he has been warned not to move to push him out because of the political and legal ramifications."
USA Today front page, "Tillerson copes with his boss's tendency to undercut," by Oren Dorell: The SecState was back at work yesterday after taking several days off, and said: "I'm not going anywhere."
"It's going great" ... Axios' Sam Baker: "We're hours away from a series of votes that will culminate, we think, with a brand-new bill to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act. Of course, no one's seen it. Senate Republicans don't know where they're headed, but they're putting the pedal to the metal to get there."
P.S. Threat! The Alaska Purchase ... Alaska Dispatch News: "rump isn't going to just let Sen. Lisa Murkowski's no vote on Tuesday's health care motion go. ... Trump administration signals that Murkowski's health care vote could have energy repercussions for Alaska."
"US conservatism expands to final frontier: City Hall," by AP's Nicholas Riccardi in Denver:
Rolling Stone cover story by Stephen Rodrick asks if Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 45, is "the free world's best hope":
Trudeau reminds me of, well, Obama ... He is always pushing his product: a kind but muscular Canada. ... Trudeau is the son of Pierre Trudeau, a 15-year prime minister and Canada's iconic 20th Century Man. ... His land races toward inclusion, while our nation builds walls and lusts for an era of vanilla homogeneity that ain't coming back.
"Summer of Samsung" ... Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone, Sam Kim and Ian King go inside Samsung to examine how South Korea's most important company — and the family behind it — is succeeding amid all the turmoil:
The company remains confident of its engineering prowess, but it has been working to transform a hierarchical culture that has long prized loyalty, tireless work, and deference. Although this culture has been well-suited to a hardware company, executives know it will have to change if Samsung Electronics is to compete with Silicon Valley in technologies such as cloud services and artificial intelligence.
"An NFL star's diamond earring valued at more than $100,000 is now presumed lost on the murky bottom of a Georgia lake," AP reports. "Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones lost it when he hit a boat wake and took a spill while jet skiing in Lake Lanier, about 50 miles outside Atlanta. ... SCUBA divers have been searching the lake bottom, hoping to capture a flashlight's reflection off the jewelry amid old trees that have been submerged since the man-made lake's creation in the 1950s. So far, no luck."