New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly "is testing his authority to tame Trump's sometimes reckless tweeting habits," according to a startling tidbit from Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs and Margaret Talev:
Why it matters: Trump has proven impervious to previous chances for a reset: when he became the nominee, when he won the election, when he was inaugurated. If the retired Marine four-star general is curbing him after a week on the job, that's a big achievement.
But, but, but ... Two problems with this:
Funny quote, from a friend: "This'll only be operative till Trump watches 'Morning Joe' and gets pissed off."
"After a month of deliberations and negotiations, the [U.N.] Security Council on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution that would slash about $1 billion off North Korea's annual foreign revenue," the Wall Street Journal's Farnaz Fassihi reports:
Be smart: This looks like a big, unforeseen win for Trump. Stanford's Michael McFaul — U.S. ambassador to Russia under Obama, and a persistent and influential Trump critic — tweeted: "This vote is a genuine foreign policy achievement. ... Well done Ambassador @nikkihaley."
The N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns see a GOP "shadow campaign for 2020 — as if the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue weren't involved":
The pushback: Pence press secretary Marc Lotter tweets from his official account: "Claims @VP preparing for 2020 run are ridiculous #FakeNews and nothing more than wishful thinking by New York Times." Then he added a Pinocchio emoji.
Be smart: Cotton is 40 and Sasse is 45. If Trump is that weak, or out of the picture, by 2020, the GOP brand is likely to be in the toilet and it's hard to imagine that's when they make their moves. Their play, like that of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (age 46), is in 2024 and beyond.
A competitor dives yesterday during the 4th international waterfall jumping competition in the old town of Jajce, Bosnia. 23 competitors took part in the jump from 69 feet.
"TV's Sports Problem: Amazon, Facebook, and Google could soon challenge the networks for big-time sports. And they've got deep, deep pockets" — Barron's cover story by Jack Hough:
"Bronze and gone: In a shocker, Bolt takes third at worlds," by AP's Eddie Pells in London:
One final time, Usain Bolt peered down the last 50 meters of his lane and saw sprinter upon sprinter running footsteps ahead of him. One final time, the World's Fastest Man furiously pumped the arms and legs on his gangly 6-foot-5 frame, desperately trying to reel in all those would-be winners as the finish line fast approached. This time, the afterburners kicked in but not hard enough.
Not one, but two overlooked and underappreciated Americans — Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman — withstood what was once Bolt's undeniable late charge. This time, Bolt finished third in the 100-meter dash at world championships. That's right: A bronze-medal finish Saturday night in the going-away party for one of the planet's most entertaining icons and track and field's lone shining star.
"No regrets," Bolt insisted, long after a result that stunned a pumped-up crowd into near silence. "It was always going to end, no matter what happened ... It doesn't change anything in my career."
This weekend's summer tune comes from Axios social media manager Neal Rothschild ... "Hard Feelings," by Lorde.
Neal writes: "'Hard Feelings' is a song for a summer run at that hour right before it's dark out — when you would go inside because the wiffle balls started to get lost in the bushes. It's enough of a banger to do some head nodding, but also has enough anguish that you do a little heart tap in between strides and thank the good Lorde for this lit jam."