Good Sunday morning. Situational awareness: The N.Y. Times reports on A1 that the White House has rejected a scorched-earth approach with Mueller and instead is "cooperating with the special counsel in the hope that Mr. Mueller will declare in the coming months that Mr. Trump is not a target of the Russia inquiry. ... One administration official said it was not yet clear how the White House would make its request for Mr. Mueller to publicly exonerate Mr. Trump."
I got a spate of "Yikes!" emails after President Trump's "only one thing will work" tweet yesterday, which looks like pretty blatant saber-rattling against North Korea.
And that's usually our advice to you: Watch what he does, not what he says or tweets.
So we're counting on an unstable, insecure 33-year-old (with nukes!) to brush off Trump's taunts.
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, told me that Trump "seems to think that this sort of threat will persuade North Korea or China or both to reconsider their ways."
A former top Obama national-security official told me the tweets are "certainly bolstering the madman storyline" — that there's no telling what Trump may do. But the official offered this reality check:
Be smart: None of this may matter. Ian Bremmer told me yesterday that the U.S. is on the road to eventually recognizing North Korea as a nuclear power, regardless of Trump.
"I've been covering North Korea on and off since the 1980s, and this five-day trip has left me more alarmed than ever about the risks of a catastrophic confrontation," N.Y. Times columnist Nick Kristof writes from Pyongyang:
In 1975, the world had three metro areas with at least 10 million people — Tokyo, New York and Mexico City.
Now there are 31 megacities with at least 10 million people, and most of them are in the developing world, Axios Dave Lawler writes:
Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign's digital director, tells Lesley Stahl on tonight's "60 Minutes" that the campaign averaged 50,000 to 60,000 different Facebook ad versions every day, some days peaking at 100,000 separate iterations (with minute shifts in design, colors, backgrounds, words).
The most memorable story in the Sunday papers besides the Kristof column is the cover story of WashPost Business, "'Hire American'? Tough job ... A landscaper's 'hire American' plan ended with bringing in Mexican workers to finish the job," by Tracy Jan in Denver:
Country star Jason Aldean, who was performing at the outdoor concert in Vegas when the gunfire started, took the stage for the "Saturday Night Live" cold open. He then performed Tom Petty's defiant anthem "I Won't Back Down," in tribute to the late rocker and the massacre victims.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, whose speech in May on the removal of Confederate monuments elevated him in the 2020 Democratic presidential stakes, talks with Axios for our monthly feature on the quirks, hacks and habits of some of our most consequential neighbors.