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President Trump's disparaging tweets about Baltimore extends his streak of vilifying big American cities, and adds a racial spin that scores points with parts of his base, writes Kim Hart, author of our new weekly newsletter, Axios Cities.
What's happening: Cities, particularly coastal ones, are Democratic strongholds that have been protesting Trump policies like immigration and health care since day one of his administration.
The backdrop: In Saturday tweets, Trump called the district of House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings a "very dangerous & filthy place" and a city "no human being would want to live."
Trump fired back on yesterday, calling Cummings a racist and incompetent leader. He called Speaker Pelosi's San Francisco district "unrecognizable."
Reality check: Cummings' district, which includes a large portion of Baltimore, is about 55% black, per the Baltimore Sun. Violent crime is a persistent issue: the city has had more than 300 homicides for 4 straight years.
Between the lines: Distressed districts are held by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. And racial, geographic and economic divides are far more nuanced than tweets and headlines convey.
The bottom line: Trump's perpetually combative stance places him "in the strange position of frequently disparaging parts of his own country," writes New York's Jonathan Chait. "This is surely unique in American history."
Robert Mueller has maintained a constant level of social media momentum in 2019, outpacing "Game of Thrones," the Super Bowl and other transcendent cultural events, Axios' Shane Savitsky writes.
Driving the news: Articles about Mueller during the week of his hearings (Mon.-Fri.) generated 14 million social media interactions (likes, shares, comments).
The big picture: That was half the online frenzy during the week his report's release, which saw an eye-popping 30.1 million social interactions.
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Environmental and grassroots groups are planning a series of climate protests this fall that they describe as the largest ever, Axios' Amy Harder reports in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column.
The big picture: Over the past nine months, calls to address climate change have become a powerful new social movement.
Why it matters: This social movement is one puzzle piece of society coming to grips with climate change.
What's changed: Unlike earlier climate-related protests, like rallies against the Keystone XL pipeline, activists organizing today are more global and persistent.
Elite video-gamers are shown onscreen during solo finals at the first Fortnite World Cup, at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens — venue for the U.S. Open.
Kyle Giersdorf (screen name: Bugha), a 16-year-old from Pennsylvania, won $3 million after taking the top prize in the $30 million tournament, per Reuters:
Big Tech eats up more ad revenue than most other publishers combined, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer writes.
President Trump, confirming a Jonathan Swan scoop, announced on Twitter that he will nominate a supporter, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence. Coats will leave office on August 15.
The context, per the WashPost's Shane Harris: "Coats and Trump had been at odds publicly for more than a year. "
Rahm Emanuel — former Chicago mayor and chief of staff to President Obama, and now ABC News contributor — posts this open memo to 2020 Dems:
"Don’t Make Detroit’s Debate Miami Part II ... This time, don’t fall into the traps that had many of us shaking our heads during the debates in Miami":
Before our party promises health care coverage to undocumented immigrants — a position not even Ted Kennedy took — let’s help the more than 30 million Americans who are a single illness away from financial ruin. Before we start worrying about whether the Boston Marathon bomber can vote, let’s stop states that are actively trying to curtail voting rights of citizens. And before we promise a guaranteed minimum income to healthy adults who prefer to stay home and play video games, let’s increase the minimum wage and the Earned Income Tax Credit to make work pay for the millions of people who work hard and still live near poverty.
Go deeper: See the full post on Medium.
Federal prosecutors are looking at foreign influence over President Trump's 2016 campaign, his transition and the early stages of his administration, the N.Y. Times reports under a quintuple byline (subscription):
Building a daunting moat around the the House Dem majority, each of the 62 freshmen Ds has raised more than their top opponent, AP's Alan Fram reports.
Young men invade nail salons, forcing women to endure longer waits, The Wall Street Journal's Ray A. Smith writes (subscription):
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