In private, President Trump has taken to physically mocking M&M:
Trump is venting about his frustration with what he considers failed leadership by Senate Republicans as he takes his lumps this week in wars with, well, everyone:
All this has left Trump isolated inside his White House at a time when he needs muscle with the Hill and juice with the public to try to pass tax reform.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, once viewed as the wiliest politician in Washington, is on an epic losing streak:
A longtime McConnell adviser tells us last night's result "shows his colleagues he's willing to go to the mat for a guy who had only been there six months, despite taking on a huge amount of personal attacks."
Be smart: The Republican establishment is so weak that even when it has Trump on its side, as it did in Alabama, is can't beat the Trumpers.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, beginning June 24. The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving, the BBC reports:
"This is like in war: You work with what you have," said Dr. Carlos Gómez-Marcial, the emergency room director at Centro Medico in San Juan, the main hospital on the island, told the N.Y. Times.
"A week after the storm hit Puerto Rico, millions of Americans are struggling to survive," by CNN:
President Trump, who will visit Tuesday, said in the Rose Garden:
"[T]he Governor of Puerto Rico is so thankful for the great job that we're doing. We did a great job in Texas, a great job in Florida, a great job in Louisiana. We hit little pieces of Georgia and Alabama. And frankly, we're doing — and it's the most difficult job because it's on the island. It's on an island in the middle of the ocean. It's out in the ocean. You can't just drive your trucks there from other states."
As this animated visualization shows, North Korea is critically reliant on trade with China.
Trump unveils the new Republican tax-reform plan this afternoon at the Farm Bureau Building in Indianapolis ... Axios' Jonathan Swan has the outline:
Twitter is testing tweets that go beyond its signature 140 characters — doubling the limit to 280 in an experiment with 5% of users globally (all languages except Chinese, Japanese and Korean).
"Ten years on from the global financial crisis, economies remain at risk from further shock and are ill-prepared for the next wave of innovation and automation," according to the "Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018" from the World Economic Forum, best known for the Davos gathering.
This chart bases competitiveness on 12 factors, ranging from primary education to infrastructure, and higher education to technological readiness:
China is 27th. India is 40th, the most competitive country in South Asia.
Jennifer Palmieri — a White House official under Presidents Clinton and Obama, and communications director to the Hillary campaign — plans a book that begins Nov. 9. the day after the election.
"Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House," about the late FBI second-in-command who turned out to be Woodward and Bernstein's "Deep Throat," opens Friday in New York and L.A.
The most famous phrase associated with Deep Throat (spoken to Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men," the movie, but doesn't appear in the book): "Follow the money."
From a review by The Atlantic's David Sims: "[I]n trying to find new resonance, Mark Felt comes across the most lamely, with Felt delivering robust speeches about the agency's crucial independence and his resolute distaste for Nixon's interference."