Good Tuesday morning. Situational awareness: Trump is moving toward acting alone on North Korea, according to the Wall Street Journal's lead story: tightening sanctions, targeting Chinese companies/banks that help regime ... Trump state visit to the U.K. will take place next year, senior London sources tell Sky News. But the President, who owns two golf courses in Scotland, may make an unofficial visit before then.
There's no denial in the West Wing: Top aides acknowledge that the three consecutive days of baffling, brutal disclosures about Don Jr.'s Russia meeting during the campaign is a story that will stick, with potentially momentous political and legal consequences.
Thought for the day: If The New York Times knows all this, imagine what Bob Mueller knows.
The dang emails ... Last night's detonation, leading the paper with a 2-column headline, "Trump's Son Heard of Link To Moscow Before Meeting":
The internal mood, per The Times: "News of the meeting involving the younger Mr. Trump, Mr. Kushner and Mr. Manafort blunted whatever good feeling the president's team had after his trip to Europe for the Group of 20 economic summit meeting."
"The president was frustrated by the news of the meeting ... — less over the fact that it had happened, and more because it was yet another story about Russia that had swamped the news cycle."
Be smart: A consequence of these stories is that no blanket denial of anything by this White House will be believable. So the President and his team can expect to be nibbled by ducks as long as they're in office.
P.S. "Kushner Cos. Sought Qatar Funds as Jared Advised Trump," by Bloomberg's David Kocieniewski: "A few months before President Donald Trump encouraged Saudi Arabia and others to blockade Qatar, the real estate business owned by the family of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, sought a substantial investment from one of the Gulf State country's wealthiest and most politically influential figures."
"Would Americans beyond the Beltway rather hear about jobs or health care?" asks a WashPost column by Gene Robinson, "Trump Jr.'s meeting is a game-changer."
"Perhaps so. But the questions that should be concentrating the minds of the president's inner circle are legal, not political — and Mueller's high-powered team of lawyers is experienced at connecting dots."
Mark Leibovich's cover story in the forthcoming New York Times Magazine, "This Town Melts Down":
"What's next if the Senate health bill fails," from Axios health care editor David Nather:
"The percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance grew in the second quarter of 2017 to 11.7%," according to Gallup:
A Marine Corps refueling tanker crashed into a field in rural Mississippi, killing at least 16 people aboard, AP reports from Itta Bena, Miss.:
New York magazine's cover story blew up online yesterday, with its argument that we're screwed now, no matter what we do ... "The Uninhabitable Earth: Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think," by David Wallace-Wells:
"It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand.
"Rising oceans are bad, ... but fleeing the coastline will not be enough. Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century."
I only say this about once a week: Read the whole thing!
But, but, but ... The Atlantic's Robinson Meyer has a rebuttal arguing we're less doomed: "Consider the world that climate scientists say is more realistic: a place where sea levels cause mass migration within and without the developed world; where the economy is never great but isn't in shambles either."
For the first time on record, U.S. companies are dying at a faster rate than they're being born, according to an analysis by the Economic Innovation Group, a non-profit research and advocacy organization.
"Mika Brzezinski has landed ... a three-book deal with Weinstein Books, which published her 2011 book "Knowing Your Value," per Emily Smith of N.Y. Post "Page Six":
"Winter is always coming for economy on Game of Thrones," by AP's Christopher Rugaber, Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak:
"The world of Game of Thrones [returns for seventh season Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO] may not sound much like our own. But after watching HBO's hit series for six seasons, we've found some striking similarities. The lords, ladies and common folk of Westeros are confronting some familiar-sounding problems":
Listen to AP's new weekly online audio series, "The Wealth of Westeros."