Good Sunday morning, and happy Father's Day!
Situational awareness: House GOP members were told yesterday that they're meeting "w/ Special Guest President Donald J. Trump" Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. "Topic is immigration."
Translation of cover line: "I am the people" / Der Spiegel
Last week's cover of Der Spiegel, the German news magazine, shows a smug President Trump — backed by Russia's Vladimir Putin, China's Xi Jinping and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan — and proclaims "Das Zeitalter der Autokraten," the age of the autocrats.
It's a common enough perception of Trump. So his description of North Korea's Kim Jong-un to Fox News' Steve Doocy on Friday got lots of coverage:
Rewind some tape, and you find that this White House has used the "just kidding — you don't get it" response before:
Trump used the line in real time to take the edge off a tweet he clearly believes: "Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!"
A couple of reactions to this defense:
Be smart: Jokes are funnier if you don't have to say they're jokes.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is "pushing to write up his findings by summer’s end and Trump’s lawyers [are] strategizing how to rebut a report that could spur impeachment hearings," the WashPost's Carol Leonnig and Bob Costa report:
"As the Trump administration imposes tariffs on allies and rivals alike, provoking broad retaliation, global commerce is suffering disruption, flashing signs of strains that could hamper economic growth," the N.Y. Times' Peter Goodman, Ian Austen and Elisabeth Malkin write:
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates his hat trick (three goals in one game), as he brought the score to 3-3 against Spain on Friday — a "Draw for the Ages" (so soccer!) that N.Y. Times chief soccer correspondent Rory Smith called one of the greatest World Cup group games ever played.
Writer and educator Clint Smith talks to the Axios video team about fatherhood through the lens of racial bias:
Alibaba, China's e-commerce giant, has transformed 1 million mom-and-pop shops into state-of-the-art, digitalized stores with artificial intelligence-backed apps and heat sensors to track foot traffic — all under Alibaba’s Tmall brand.
Axios Future editor Steve LeVine visited one of those shops when he was in China last week — An Huang's little family grocery in Hangzhou, a three-hour drive east of Shanghai:
Amazing stat: Around 42% of global e-commerce transactions took place in China last year, more than France, Germany, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. combined, according to McKinsey Global Institute.
"Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong [tomorrow] will take control of the Los Angeles Times," the L.A. Times' Meg James writes:
A humbling new home: "Soon-Shiong ... plans to relocate most of the 800 employees to El Segundo [in a building he owns near LAX] by the end of July, vacating the paper’s iconic Art Deco headquarters in downtown Los Angeles — The Times’ home since 1935."
"Warner Bros. is cracking down on local Harry Potter fan festivals around the country, saying it’s necessary to halt unauthorized commercial activity. Fans, ... liken the move to Dementors," AP's Kristen De Groot writes:
Going generic: The new rules end Chestnut Hill's meet-and-greet with Dumbledore and Defense Against the Dark Arts classes.
Thanks for reading. See you this afternoon for Sneak Peek.