Good Sunday morning from Philly, where I took an early-morning walk around Penn's campus, pleasantly enmeshed with the 300-year-old city.
Situational awareness: This was the week that suicide was recognized, per the N.Y. Times, as "an intractable public health crisis that has been unfolding in slow motion for a generation." The N.Y. Times says that its Kate Spade obituary was the most read article every day following its publication on Tuesday. The Times obituary of Anthony Bourdain was shared more than 18,000 times on Facebook.
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Pain and presents: McDonald's and musicians ... President Trump will confront Kim Jong-un using "a strategy to impress as well as intimidate" — and is open to planting a U.S. embassy in North Korea.
U.S. officials involved in the summit preparations have even discussed enlisting gymnasts and musicians to bring the cultures together, sources familiar with summit prep tell Jonathan Swan and me.
It's part of an anything-goes approach that includes, as Swan scooped last night, the possibility of establishing official relations with North Korea and even eventually putting an embassy in Pyongyang.
Axios has also learned that the U.S. officials involved in pre-summit discussions have been exploring ways to engage North Korea beyond standard official diplomacy:
Be smart: Unlike any other meeting with any other leader, Trump is negotiating with someone with similar personality quirks and impulses. He truly believes he will know almost instantly whether he can spin up the deal of the decade.
BREAKING: Trump lands in Singapore 8:22 a.m. ET ... White House pool report by AFP's Andrew Beatty:
Quote du jour ... Trump at Quebec presser, before leaving G7 summit for Singapore, asked how long it'll take him to know if Kim is serious: "I think within the first minute I’ll know. ... Just my touch, my feel. That’s what I do."
"A picture of U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel displaying less-than-friendly body language is turning out to be a defining image of the contentious meeting of the Group of Seven leaders of the world's advanced economies," AP's David McHugh reports:
And then it got worse ... "Trump broadsided his allies and upended a Group of Seven meeting just as it wound up — disavowing a joint statement the U.S. had agreed to, lashing out at Canada’s Justin Trudeau [as 'dishonest and weak'] and ratcheting up trade tensions," per Bloomberg.
From a mood piece by N.Y. Times' Maggie Haberman and Katie Rogers, about "a West Wing where burned-out aides are eyeing the exits, as the mood in the White House is one of numbness and resignation that the president is growing only more emboldened to act on instinct alone":
Bonus: "People who did not work with Mr. Trump before the White House see his behavior as deteriorating; people who have worked for and with him for years say he has never changed, and there are simply fewer people around giving him a level of cover."
Spain's new socialist prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, named a cabinet with women holding 11 of 17 top posts.
"As diversity progress in Silicon Valley stalls, advocates call for a new approach," the L.A. Times' Tracey Lien writes from S.F.:
"An opinion poll published [today] shows deep divisions between Israelis and American Jews, particularly in relation to President Donald Trump, highlighting the growing rift between the world's two largest Jewish communities," AP reports from Jerusalem:
Spartak Stadium in Moscow ahead of World Cup, with statue of gladiator in nod to Spartacus (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
"Hello, world" ... Even though the U.S. isn't in the World Cup (June 14-July 15 in Russia), soccer is already here to stay, per a pair of articles on the WashPost Outlook cover:
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