Good Sunday morning. Situational awareness: LaToya Cantrell, an African American, is elected New Orleans' first female mayor in 300 years. ... Frustrated by Trump, European countries station ambassadors in Silicon Valley to boost trade. (WashPost)
The top U.S. nuclear commander stirs an online ruckus by saying he'd resist a commander-in-chief's order for a nuclear strike if it were illegal.Why it matters: Needless to say, this isn't normal. The fact that this is even a topic of conversation reflects Trump anxiety among many former national-security officials, including some Republicans. The backdrop, via CNN: The "remarks come after a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this week on the President's authority to launch nuclear weapons — the first such ... hearing in more than 40 years."
Speaking yesterday at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada, Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), which oversees nukes and missile defense, said what would happen if he were ordered to launch a nuclear strike (CNN, AP, Reuters):
In six months of interviews in South Korea and Thailand, Anna Fifield, the Washington Post's Tokyo bureau chief, talked with more than 25 North Koreans from different walks of life who lived in Kim Jong-un's North Korea and managed to escape. What she found:
"An FBI report on the rise of black 'extremists' is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups," AP reports:
A Minnesota fan watches the Golden Gophers lose 39-0 to the Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston, Ill., yesterday.
Alumni of President Bill Clinton's administration converged on Little Rock yesterday for a reunion celebrating the 25th anniversary of his election.
The day culminated with an onstage conversation with Bill and Hillary Clinton, moderated by James Carville, the Ragin' Cajun. Quotes via Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Emma Pettit:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who made the scene after a turbulent flight: "I would never be in politics at the level I'm doing if it wasn't for Bill Clinton giving me a shot."
Winners, per AP's Marcy Gordon:
"A staggering number of sex abuse claims rocks the world of Olympic sports," the WashPost reports on its Sports front.
Some stories move so fast and far, we lose sight of the scale. So at AM, we try to freeze-frame now and then on the defining stories of our time ... Men accused of sexual misconduct post-Weinstein (saves you emailing me about Trump or Clinton!), compiled by AP (click for details on each):
Media, publishing and business:
P.S. L.A. Times front page today: "[Brett] Ratner, [Russell] Simmons face new allegations of misconduct: Powerful Hollywood friends shared party lifestyle."
Bulletin ... "President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was ousted as leader of his own party, as he negotiated his resignation with the military."
Sunday Times of London lead story, "Fear is gone as the people turn on 'thief' Mugabe ... Zimbabweans unite against the tyrant who enslaved them," by Chief Foreign Correspondent Christina Lamb:
Axios chief design officer Alexis Lloyd tweets this N.Y. Times front-pager as "an extraordinary example of investigative journalism" ... "How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York's Subways," by Brian Rosenthal, Emma Fitzsimmons and Michael LaForgia:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Roger Toussaint, former head of the MTA's main union, on what he sees as a focus on flashy subway projects instead of maintenance: "They haven't been spending money on the spine. They've been spending money on the limbs."
P.S. "Conductors on [New York] subway trains have been told to stop addressing passengers as 'ladies and gentlemen' when making announcements about delays, detours or other things, and instead use the gender-neutral terms 'passengers,' 'riders,' and 'everyone.'" (AP)
Yale students rush the field after beating Harvard in The Game. Yale's 24-3 win secured the Bulldogs' first outright Ivy League championship in 37 years (1980).