Situational awareness: "A former Senate Intelligence Committee aide was arrested ... in an investigation of classified information leaks where prosecutors also secretly seized years’ worth of a New York Times reporter’s phone and email records," per N.Y. Times:
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It’s not true President Trump doesn’t read. It’s just exceptionally hard to get him to do it.
So the workarounds by savvy aides have become legendary in the West Wing. Many of them revolve around the briefing binder that goes to the White House residence each night, known internally as “The Book":
“The Book” typically includes briefing sheets about events the president will attend the next day; his schedule for the day, week and month ahead; and a sheaf of policy papers.
The president demands brevity, refusing to engage with briefers like his former national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who’d come in with a PowerPoint deck dozens of pages long, filled with text.
The president still savors his print newspapers — usually New York Post first, New York Times second and Washington Post third. He also occasionally reads the deal coverage in The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times. And he likes Wall Street Journal editorials.
Trump may flip through "The Book" during his "executive time," the hours of the morning reserved for tweeting and watching TV.
Be smart: White House officials find it as difficult as ever to get real news and real facts into the president's hands and head once he's spooled up about a specific idea. This is where the slogans come in handy.
After torching the White House with "Fire and Fury," Michael Wolff is coming back for more:
Here's how to predict whether Republicans will actually lose the House in November: Do you think the election will turn on President Trump's low approval ratings, or the booming economy?
Between the lines: The party in power tends to do well in the House during midterm elections when voters are happy with the economy, but it does poorly when the president's approval rating is low, Axios' Harry Stevens and Caitlin Owens write:
So it depends what matters to voters. As we found in 2016, they matter more than pundits.
Washington Capitals fans cheer during the fan watch party at Capitol One Area in D.C. last night. "
Alex Ovechkin and the Caps put years of heartbreak behind them by winning the Stanley Cup for the first time, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena" in Vegas.
Why it matters: ... "This was new for at least a generation of D.C. sports fans":
WashPost banner headline: "At last, Capitals hoist the cup."
"Caps' TJ Oshie shares Cup with Alzheimer's-afflicted father," by AP's Greg Beacham in Vegas:
Shot — WashPost: "French President Emmanuel Macron ... threatened to join with other world leaders to issue a rare rebuke of the United States at a global summit here this weekend."
President Trump, on next week's summit with North Korea:
"I’m very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude. It’s about willingness to get things done."
"Picture this," The Economist urges in its cover editorial, "Trump’s demolition theory of foreign policy":
"In the short term some of Mr Trump’s aims may yet succeed. Iran’s politics are unpredictable and the economy is weak. Mr Kim probably wants a deal of some sort, though not full disarmament ... On trade, China would surely prefer accommodation to confrontation."
A Massachusetts high school principal displays vaping devices confiscated from students in restrooms and hallways. (Steven Senne/AP)
"A growing number of e-cigarette and vaporizer sellers have started offering college scholarships as a way to get their brands listed on university websites and to get students to write essays about the potential benefits of vaping," AP's Collin Binkley reports:
"Tight at the Museum: A Smithsonian [National Museum of Natural History] Struggles to Find Space for the World’s Stuff" — Wall Street Journal A-hed by Daniel Nasaw:
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