Good Tuesday morning. It's Day 271. Situational awareness: President Trump "will meet Japanese Emperor Akihito when he visits Japan in November as part of an Asia trip that will also take him to China, Vietnam, South Korea and the Philippines," the Financial Times reports. "Trump will meet the Japanese Emperor Nov. 6 after seeing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe."
President Trump "goes there, on just about every topic imaginable," as NBC's Brian Williams put it, during a pair of Q&As, two hours apart yesterday — in the Cabinet Room, and with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Rose Garden:
Sound smart: The damnedest thing is that not a single bullet point I just wrote is disputable. While every one of those things the President said was.
P.S. Bannon tells me by email: "McConnell and the GOP Establishment have sown the wind — now be prepared the reap the whirlwind."
In this photo from Nov. 21, 1951, sixth-grade students crouch under or beside their desks — along with their teacher, Vincent M. Bohan — as they act out a scene from the Federal Civil Defense Administration film "Duck and Cover" at Public School 152 in Queens, New York.
Save this tape: "North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador warned ... that the situation on the Korean peninsula 'has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.'" (AP)
Trump said "that he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations [joint WashPost/'60 Minutes'] that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies," reports the Post lead story:
Stat du jour: "The CBS Evening News" said nearly 13 million people saw the "60 Minutes" segment. Trump has been a longtime "60 Minutes" watcher, and he said yesterday that he "saw the report."
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) , shakes hands with former Vice President Biden, chair of the National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees, after receiving the Liberty Medal for "courage and conviction" last night in Philadelphia.
McCain knows he's facing the sunset, giving his words extra power:
The "administration's moves are a boon to big media companies," Axios' David McCabe and Sara Fischer report. "Telecom and technology companies are being deregulated while smaller media companies worry about their ability to survive."
An assertion Trump made in the Rose Garden about the ex-presidents was quickly refuted:
ABC's Jon Karl, on "World News Tonight," had rebuttals from aides to the last three presidents:
"There are moments when society goes into decline. But there are many, many more transitional moments when some people just think society is in decline, when it's really in a bumpy pivot. This is such a moment. It gets better."
Clues to the universe ... "Neutron star smashup seen for first time, 'transforms' understanding of Universe," via Phys.org:
"For the first time, scientists have witnessed the cataclysmic crash of two ultra-dense neutron stars in a galaxy far away, and concluded that such impacts forged at least half the gold in the Universe.""Shockwaves and light flashes from the collision travelled some 130 million light-years to be captured by Earthly detectors on August 17, excited teams revealed at press conferences held around the globe on Monday as a dozen related science papers were published in top academic journals."Why it matters: "[T]he data finally revealed where much of the gold, platinum, uranium, mercury and other heavy elements in the Universe came from.Telescopes saw evidence of newly-forged material in the fallout, the teams said — a source long suspected, now confirmed."Solved physics riddles.
Self-driving cars could ease traffic but increase urban sprawl because commutes are less painful, AP reports:
Valley talk ... An Axios scoop from Dan Primack: "Peter Thiel got married in Vienna this past weekend ... Guests came expecting to celebrate the billionaire venture capitalist's 50th birthday, but instead were surprised by a wedding to longtime boyfriend Matt Danzeisen."
At last night's D.C. screening of "Only the Brave" — hero story of "hotshots," wild-land forest firefighters, starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jeff Bridges (in theaters Friday) — producer Molly Smith, sister-in-law of Axios' Bubba Atkinson, told me:
P.S. "A bone shard, a molar, an artificial hip — the grim task of finding victims of the California fires ... On a street devoid of life, the searchers press ahead," by L.A. Times "California Journal" columnist Robin Abcarian:
"To justify eye-popping prices, high-end java spots use rare beans, fancy machines, elaborate preparations and heaps of hyperbole" — Wall Street Journal A-hed by Charles Passy: