⚡ Bulletin: "Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country’s atomic agency said [today]." (AP)
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Chatting confidently about what he'd do as commander-in-chief, Pete Buttigieg told me for "Axios on HBO" that he "wouldn't put it past" President Trump to allow the border "to become worse in order to have it be a more divisive issue, so that he could benefit politically."
Mayor Pete is surfing the unique euphoria of a surging presidential campaign:
Here's more of what he told "Axios on HBO":
Buttigieg suffered depression after deployment:
Buttigieg "almost certain" we've had gay presidents:
Buttigieg wouldn't move the U.S. embassy in Israel:
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Joe Biden has an Elizabeth Warren problem:
Be smart: Biden’s people are worried about her rise, and feel they caught a break in not having to face her in the first debate.
The intrigue: President Trump has told people he thought he killed her campaign with his "Pocahontas" smear and that he’s surprised by her resurgence, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.
A Biden source tells me: "What we see here is a battle between Bernie and Warren for the left lane of the Dem electorate — Warren’s rise is largely coming from Bernie, not from Biden. A good reminder that Biden appeals to a much wider swath of the electorate than either of them do."
A Biden adviser adds:
The Hong Kong marchers' resolve "is sending tremors to Beijing, where President Xi Jinping’s carefully nurtured image of strength and competence is being put to the test," the N.Y. Times' Keith Bradsher and Daniel Victor write.
The cover story of the July issue of The Atlantic is a quest for what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing since 2014 — by William Langewiesche, one of the great magazine writers, and a specialist in aviation.
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Some House Dems who lean toward impeaching President Trump are increasingly willing to jeopardize what happens to their party in 2020, Axios' Alayna Treene and editor-in-chief Nicholas Johnston found during interviews with nine Democrats on key committees for "Axios on HBO."
Last night's ABC News special with George Stephanopoulos, "President Trump — 30 Hours," ended with the commander-in-chief summoning an aide to show off these renderings of the patriotic paint job he has requested for the next-generation Air Force One.
"President Trump's campaign has decided to purge some of its pollsters after a leak of dismal internal polls for the president that he denied existed," the N.Y. Times' Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman report.
"Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious" ... Emily Bazelon profiles the surging 2020 contender for the New York Times Magazine:
"'The only thing that worries me is I won’t describe it in a way that — ' she trailed off. 'It’s like teaching class. "Is everybody in here getting this?" And that’s what I just struggle with all the time. How do I get better at this? How do I do more of this in a way that lets people see it, hear it and say, "Oh, yeah."'"
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The oil and gas industry is ramping up petrochemicals, the building blocks of plastics, right as the global outcry intensifies over plastic waste, writes Axios' Amy Harder in her "Harder Line" column.
"This week’s cover, a tribute to Pride Month," The New Yorker writes, "was done by the artist Olimpia Zagnoli."
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