Situational awareness: Negotiators are set to miss today's deadline for a consensus on NAFTA.
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America said goodbye to two icons this week, leaving a stirring reminder that the generation forged by the 1960s is on its way out the door.
In Washington, political leaders gathered under the Capitol Rotunda to pay their respects to John McCain, a giant of the Senate in his own right.
In Detroit, cultural and musical luminaries, bedrocks of the African-American community and even former President Bill Clinton held an epic funeral for Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul.
Why it matters: The 1960s and "its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison," the AP's Ted Anthony writes in a memorable essay.
The bottom line: "The very youngest Baby Boomers are in their mid-50s now — despite the exhortation to never trust anyone over 30 — and more than half of today’s Americans have no living memory of the 1960s."
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🏖 For your Labor Day weekend reading pleasure, our 14th and climactic summer beach read ... Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly":
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Thank you for reading during this epic summer, and for sharing your own reading adventures.
Correction: This newsletter has been corrected to note that the Village Voice owner told staff about the closure in person, not via phone call.