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Situational awareness: "Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them," AP reports.
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Two years of Donald Trump, of Russia, of federal investigations, of fake news, of Fox all come together today in a made-for-the-big-screen and destined-for-the-history-books scene, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei points out:
When the meeting concludes, Vladimir Putin will postgame with a Fox News interview (Chris Wallace), while Trump will hit two Fox News shows (Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson) to give his own spin.
Be smart: Sitting silently back in D.C. will be the one man who can pull all these strings together, sort through the fact and fiction, and tell a tale no one will ever forget — Robert Mueller.
Continuing coverage on Axios.com, with Jonathan Swan in Helsinki:
"From Congress to state legislatures and school boards, Muslim Americans spurred to action by the anti-Muslim policies and rhetoric of President Trump and his supporters are running for elected offices in numbers not seen since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001," AP reports:
What's next: "The next critical stretch of primaries is in August. In Michigan, at least seven Muslim Americans are on the Aug. 7 ballot, including [Michigan Democrat Abdul] El-Sayed, who could become the nation’s first Muslim governor."
President Emmanuel Macron, 40, leapt to his feet to celebrate France's 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final, got drenched in the rain on the pitch, then attempted to "dab" with players in the locker room. (AFP)
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Social media giants are beginning to roll out ads that feature augmented reality, giving marketers the ability to let users virtually test their goods before buying them, Axios' Sara Fischer reports:
How it works: A user who sees a digital ad using AR could see what a pair of glasses looks like on their face, or what a rug would look like in their living room, before making a purchase.
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Informal energy coalitions are popping up more under President Trump than they have in the past, according to Washington consultants and new federal lobbying data, Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" column:
"Billionaires are influencing state education policy by giving money to state-level charter support organizations to sustain, defend and expand the charter schools movement across the country," AP's Sally Ho reports from Seattle:
"Goldman Sachs is expected to name its president, David M. Solomon, as its next chief executive early this week," the N.Y. Times' Kate Kelly reports:
More than a dozen major companies and associations have signed on to a Pledge to the American Worker to be announced by President Trump on Thursday, the White House tells Axios:
Why it matters: Minority workers, people without high school degrees, and those with disabilities will benefit from the program, which will include new slots for apprenticeship and work-based learning, continuing education and on-the-job-training.
The 2018 World Cup in Russia "averaged 2.64 goals per game, second only to Brazil in 2014 for World Cups this century," AP reports:
"Young stars ... made a mark, none more than France's 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who became the youngest player to score two goals in a World Cup game since Pele in 1958. He also became the first teenager since Pele to score in a World Cup final."
"There [wasn't] a single red card for violent conduct, and just four ejections in total. It's the lowest number at the World Cup for 40 years."
P.S. Two stats from a N.Y. Times story by Joe Drape reporting that U.S. youths are abandoning soccer "in alarming numbers":
Thanks for reading. We'll have live updates from Helsinki all day on Axios.com.