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No president in recent history has had as many extended Cabinet vacancies as President Trump, writes Axios' Andrew Witherspoon.
Why it matters: Past and former officials tell us nothing worries them more than the lack of talent in some of our nation's top Cabinet jobs.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Major companies are throwing their weight around to shift public policy by refusing to work with gun sellers, states that restrict abortion rights, and places that propose anti-LGBTQ bills, Axios' Erica Pandey writes.
Why it matters: Throughout the history of capitalism, wealthy and powerful companies have effectively acted like governments. Now, as they get bigger and richer than ever, they are changing the calculus of power in the U.S.
"Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats that she’d like to see President Donald Trump 'in prison' as she clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to launch impeachment proceedings," Politico's Heather Caygle reports.
On June 6, 1944, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower gives the order of the day ("Full Victory — Nothing Else") to paratroopers in England just before they board planes to lead the first assault on France, beginning the liberation of Europe.
Military re-enactors watch as 280 paratroopers drop onto the fields of Sannerville, France, yesterday.
Above, World War II re-enactors throng Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, at dawn.
Below, Lester Holt of "NBC Nightly News," who anchored a special this morning from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, interviewed veteran Irving Locker.
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google "are amassing an army of lobbyists as they prepare for what could be an epic fight over their futures," write the N.Y. Times' Cecilia Kang and Ken Vogel.
"The influence campaigns encompass ... calls on members of Congress, advertising, funding of think-tank research and efforts to get the attention of President Trump."
"President Trump plans to address the nation from the Lincoln Memorial on July 4 as part of an overhauled Independence Day celebration that would bring a host of new security and logistical challenges," per the WashPost.
I hadn't heard the word "clinkers" since "A Christmas Story."
Trump used the old-timey expression in an interview with Yahoo News' Alexander Nazaryan for his book, "The Best People: Trump’s Cabinet and the Siege on Washington," out June 18 from Hachette Books.
The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History will reopen its dinosaur and fossil hall on Saturday after five years of rebuilding.
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