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President Trump’s run of big, unorthodox bets — ranging from negotiating with a nuclear madman in North Korea to depending on friends who turned out to be "flippers" — is looking riskier and less winnable by the day.
Consider his wildest bets, made largely against the advice of advisers and most GOP leaders:
TBD on his public ridicule of Robert Mueller:
Be smart … An outside Trump adviser said that when you add it all up, he’s "losing the midterms in spite of a strong economy."
"Uber is planning a shift in emphasis from cars to electric bicycles and scooters for shorter journeys as part of its long-term strategy," CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told the Financial Times' Shannon Bond in S.F. (subscription):
"Uber first added e-bikes to its app in February, and acquired the bike-sharing company Jump for about $200m in April."
Twitch, the Amazon-owned video-streaming service, was caught in the middle of a tragedy when a gunman opened fire at an esports tournament being aired from a bar in Jacksonville, Fla., Axios' Sara Fischer writes:
A 24-year-old Maryland man killed two people and injured 11 before killing himself.
The big picture: Increasingly, people are leveraging the mass reach of live-stream platforms to commit violent acts.
A dog jumps into a water basin during the dog diving competition at the Dog and Cat (Hund und Katze) pets trade fair in Leipzig, Germany, which includes beauty and skills competitions.
Memorial plans call for Sen. John McCain to "lie in state Wednesday in the Arizona State Capitol on what would have been his 82nd birthday," AP reports.
P.S. "President Trump was not expected to attend any of the services," per AP.
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine): "The lions are gone ... The lions of the Senate are gone. It is very sad."
"ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis declined ... to confirm or deny claims by the Vatican's retired ambassador to the United States that he knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick."
"Francis was asked by a U.S. reporter ... if Vigano's claims that the two discussed the McCarrick allegations in 2013 were true."
"The National Catholic Register and another conservative site, LifeSiteNews, published Vigano's text ... as the pope wrapped up a two-day visit to Ireland dominated by the clerical sex abuse scandal."
Leaving Tesla's ownership as is puts the scrutiny back on Elon Musk’s "all-consuming work style, the company’s tricky cash position, its ability to meet mass-market production goals, and the independence and oversight of Tesla’s board," Bloomberg reports.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Tesla is pivotally important to electric cars gaining steam in the U.S. and around the world. For Elon Musk and others who own shares in Tesla, it’s probably a good investment.
But when it comes to climate change, the company is a subplot, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" energy column:
Here's how to think of the carbon dioxide emissions avoided by Teslas vs. clean sources of electricity:
The point: Electric cars are but one highly dependent piece of the puzzle in addressing climate change.
A Tesla spokesperson said in a statement: “Tesla exists for one reason: to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy." The spokesperson went on to say that Tesla is moving the whole auto industry toward electrification.
"It is probably impossible for those theatergoers who didn’t grow up with Neil Simon’s plays to understand how big a deal he was in his prime, both to the theater and American pop culture," Frank Rich writes for New York Magazine:
Why he mattered, per Variety: "His early comedic successes ... were both critically well received and financially successful."
"A piece of computer history that helped launch a trillion dollar company is hitting the auction block," AP reports:
Why it matters: "It shows the humble beginnings of Cupertino, California-based Apple, which recently became the world's first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion."
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