Breaking: Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle tomorrow. Her father won't attend the royal wedding because of heart issues and erratic behavior.
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America feels closer to three different possible wars than at any point this decade:
Why it matters: It’s unlikely any of the three turn into hot wars. But people inside the national security team or in those regions tell Jim VandeHei and me that the possibility of each is higher than publicly appreciated.
A source close to Trump tells me the Middle East is the most likely of the three to go sideways:
On North Korea, White House senior staff tell Jonathan Swan they're still operating under the assumption that the summit happens, with the huge caveat that you never know with Kim Jong-un.
From the Middle East, Barak Ravid — senior diplomatic correspondent for Israel's Channel 10 news, and an Axios expert contributor — tells me there are three main flash points:
On trade, Trump met yesterday with Vice Premier Liu He, leading China's delegation for trade talks. The lead story of the N.Y. Times reports: "Chinese negotiators are preparing to offer the administration a deal to buy up to $200 billion worth of American goods, which would allow Mr. Trump to claim victory"
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China’s powerful and well-funded Department of Propaganda has been tasked with building the same kind of personality cult around Xi Jinping that existed around Mao Zedong — efforts that infiltrate Chinese classrooms and extend beyond the country's borders, Axios' Erica Pandey reports.
In a return to a policy instituted in 1988 by President Reagan, clinics that provide abortions, or refer patients to places that do, would lose federal funding under a new Trump administration rule to be announced today, the N.Y. Times' Julie Davis and Maggie Haberman report:
Quite the wedding rehearsal ... Members of the armed forces ride horses during a parade rehearsal yesterday, ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle tomorrow at 7 a.m. ET.
"Trump’s allies are waging an increasingly aggressive campaign to undercut the Russia investigation by exposing the role of a top-secret FBI source," the WashPost reports.
Be smart: A CBS News poll this month shows that "Trump’s frequent attacks seem to be eroding confidence in the Mueller probe among Republicans," the L.A. Times notes.
The history ... "How Mueller’s First Year Compares To Watergate, Iran-Contra And Whitewater," by FiveThirtyEight's Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux:
"Rip them apart" ... Rudy Giuliani, a member of Trump's legal team, to Fox's Laura Ingraham on what he thinks Mueller's timeline should be:
"Women in the United States gave birth last year at the lowest rate in 30 years, a trend that could weigh on economic growth in the coming decades," AP's Christopher Rugaber reports.
Random fact: "In Japan, ... adult diapers outsell those for children."
"The Senate voted [54 to 45, with six Democrats] to confirm Gina Haspel as the [first woman] CIA director ... despite lingering concerns about the role she played in the brutal interrogation of suspected terrorists captured after 9/11." (WashPost)
Also yesterday ... "The Murdochs named Suzanne Scott the new chief executive of Fox News, ... making her the first woman to lead the cable news network even as her appointment signaled the elevation of an executive closely tied with the old regime." (N.Y. Times)
Elon Musk pitches 10-minute tunnel ride from Dodger Stadium to LAX, a trip that can easily take more than an hour by car, Bloomberg reports:
"Israel must answer for the deaths in Gaza ... But it is time for Palestinians to take up genuine non-violence," The Economist writes in its cover editorial: