Breaking: Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan admits on "Meet the Press," when asked by Chuck Todd about the timing of the Mississippi ICE raids, given the country's emotions after El Paso: "The timing was unfortunate."

  • Sen. Kamala Harris said on "Meet": "This administration has directed DHS to conduct these raids as part of what I believe is this administration's campaign of terror."

🐻 Who knew that Smokey Bear is the Oxford comma of cartoon mascots?

  • It turns out that a surprising number of Axios AM readers are sticklers that the wildfire-prevention icon is properly "Smokey Bear" — not "Smokey the Bear," as I blasphemously posited in a 75th birthday note yesterday.
  • The U.S. Forest Service says you're right.
  • Alexander Great and Attila Hun tip their broad-brimmed hats.
  • And I wish you a karaoke night that includes this standard from my Cub Scout days: "Smokey the Bear, Smokey the Bear / Prowlin' and a growlin' and a sniffin' the air."

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