Situational awareness: Negotiators are set to miss today's deadline for a consensus on NAFTA.
- Four days after President Trump announced an "understanding" with Mexico, talks aimed at getting Canada on board have broken off and will resume next Wednesday.
1 big thing: End of an American chapter
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.
- Vice President Mike Pence: "In the long history of our nation, only 30 Americans have lain in state here in the United States Capitol Rotunda."
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.
- Clinton on Franklin: "She cared about broken people... She cared about people who were disappointed. She cared about people who didn't succeed as much as she did." (Clinton then put his phone to the microphone and played Franklin's 1968 hit "Think," CNN reports.)
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.
- "But then there were those who didn’t die, who did get old and emerged from that crucible and carried themselves through the arc of a life unabbreviated."
- "From race, gender and music (Franklin) to war and politics (McCain), they are contained in the two figures to whom we bid farewell this week."
- "Fifty years after the cataclysmic year of 1968, today we are in a similar period of upheaval and polarization..."
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."
2. What you missed
- President Trump admitted telling reporters that he was not offering Canada any concessions in NAFTA negotiations but couldn't say so publicly because it would kill the deal. The president claimed Bloomberg had "BLATANTLY VIOLATED" an agreement that the remark was off-the-record. Go deeper.
- Super Typhoon Jebi reached winds of 175mph today, and is expected to make landfall next week in Japan as a Category 2 or 3 storm. Go deeper.
- Sam Patten, a former associate of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was charged on Friday for failing to register as a foreign agent for his involvement with a Ukrainian political party. Go deeper.
- Trump promised a major rally for Sen. Ted Cruz in October in the "biggest stadium in Texas we can find."
- The Village Voice will close for good after 63 years: "Today is kind of a sucky day," its owner told staff today in an in-person meeting, with some staff calling in, the NYDaily News reports. "Due to, basically, business realities, we're going to stop publishing Village Voice new material.”
3. All the beach reads
🏖 For your Labor Day weekend reading pleasure, our 14th and climactic summer beach read ... Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly":
- Advice to wannabe chefs: "Learn Spanish! ... Don't steal. ... Never make excuses or blame others. ... Never call in sick. ... Read!"
📚 And here's a rewind on our summer selections:
- "Educated: A Memoir"
- "Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island"
- "Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II"
- "Copycats & Contrarians"
- "The King of Content: Sumner Redstone's Battle"
- "The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age"
- "The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality"
- "Homegoing: A Novel"
- "The Promise of the Grand Canyon"
- "Cousins Maine Lobster"
- "North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail"
- "The President is Missing: A Novel," by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
- "The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius"
Thank you for reading during this epic summer, and for sharing your own reading adventures.
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Correction: This newsletter has been corrected to note that the Village Voice owner told staff about the closure in person, not via phone call.