🏇 Good Saturday morning. Today is the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Post time: 6:50 p.m. ET.
⚡ Breaking: "North Korea fired a type of short-range weapon, ... the latest military provocation from Pyongyang amid stalled nuclear talks with Washington." (WSJ)
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Up to a million of Earth's estimated eight million species face extinction, many of them within decades, according to a UN report on biodiversity due out Monday.
And it's not just climate change, according to the report:
Be smart, from Axios Science Editor Andrew Freedman: This report will likely be dismissed by many as fear mongering or alarmism. And there is a lot of progress and activism now on climate, marine conservation and other issues to suggest that the future foretold here may not come to pass.
You can't really separate climate change from biodiversity loss, since one is driving the other — along with deforestation, overfishing, population growth and pollution, Freedman writes.
President Trump is trying to move into a new, post-Mueller phase in his relationship with Vladimir Putin, according to Axios' Jonathan Swan.
Why it matters: At Trump's core — and no matter the spin from the White House — he is transactional and has never absorbed or accepted the intelligence community’s findings about Russia’s attack on America’s election system.
The context ... The president seemed to return to Helsinki-era Trump while discussing the call:
How it's playing ... "HEAR NO EVIL. AGAIN," said the CNN headline.
"As the economy continues to grow past what many predicted was possible, some analysts and officials are wondering if the current state of the economy is too good to be true — and that experts must be missing warning signs," the WashPost's Heather Long writes.
Last exchange at yesterday's Oval Office avail, where President Trump discussed the Putin call:
A chartered 737 carrying 143 people from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Jacksonville, Fla., slid off the runway into a river, with no deaths. (Florida Times-Union)
Uber and Lyft drivers in NYC and some other big cities will strike by logging off from 7 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, ahead of Uber going public, per CNN:
Participating cities include Washington, Philly, Chicago, S.F., L.A. and San Diego, a taxi union told Reuters:
P.S. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi won't invite predecessor Travis Kalanick to join him on the NYSE balcony during next Friday's bell-ringing ceremony, sources tell Axios' Dan Primack.
Former White House chief of staff John Kelly joined the board of the conglomerate that operates the nation's largest facility for migrant children, AP reports.
Why it matters: Some members of Congress have described "prison-like" conditions in the Caliburn International facility.
For the first time, three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America, AP's Mark Kennedy points out.
The context: In 1970, Cheryl Browne became the first black woman to participate in the Miss America pageant.
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