Good Sunday morning!
Situational awareness ... WashPost lead story, "Hacked messages show Qatar appearing to pay hundreds of millions to free hostages": "In ... April text message and in scores of other private exchanges spanning 1½ years, Qatari officials ... appear to consent to payments totaling at least $275 million to free nine members of the royal family and 16 other Qatari nationals kidnapped during a hunting trip in southern Iraq."
The White House Correspondents' Dinner ended with a barrage of vulgar anti-Trump jokes by comedian Michelle Wolf, who attacked the appearance of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who was sitting with her at the head table.
Why it matters: If the dinner can only attract liberal presidents and liberal comedians, the conclusion is inevitable.
Reality check from Jon Favreau, Crooked Media co-founder and "Pod Save America" co-host:
How things went off the rails:
Among the printable jokes:
Wolf was panned by journo-twitter:
Trump held a counter-programming rally in Washington Township, Mich., where he said:
Correspondents' association president Margaret Talev — standing under a banner that said "CELEBRATING THE FIRST AMENDMENT" — began the evening by saying:
The bottom line: Watch for big debate whether to end the dinner as we know it, and whether some news organizations announce they will no longer attend.
"North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, told President Moon Jae-in of South Korea when they met that he would abandon his nuclear weapons if the United States would agree to formally end the Korean War and promise that it would not invade his country, a South Korean government spokesman said." (N.Y. Times)
Why it matters ... Axios future editor Steve LeVine, a foreign correspondent who covered the aftermath of the Soviet Union for The Wall Street Journal, said this morning's reporting reminds him of the pivotal year 1985 in the Soviet Union:
Anchoring ABC's "This Week," Jonathan Karl asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (taped yesterday from Saudi Arabia) if he can really trust anything that comes out of a meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. Pompeo said:
Yin Liqin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images
China Eastern Airlines launches a Disney/Pixar "Toy Story"-themed aircraft, with maiden flight from Shanghai to Beijing.
Supporters wait to attend yesterday's rally. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)
Trump at last night's rally in Michigan:
Threatens government shutdown over wall funding:
"Immigration officers in the United States operate under a cardinal rule: Keep your hands off Americans. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents repeatedly target U.S. citizens for deportation by mistake," the L.A. Times' Paige St. John and Joel Rubin report:
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