Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 425 words, a 2 minute read.
1 big thing: Trump and "dual loyalty"
President Trump has doubled down on his comments about American Jews, even as he insists anti-Semitic tropes aren't anti-Semitic when coming from him.
- Trump yesterday: "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."
- Trump today: "If you want to vote Democrat you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and Israel."
Why it matters: The “dual loyalty” trope has long been used by anti-Semites to question the patriotism of American Jews, and dates back to centuries of global anti-Semitism.
- Trump denied that his comments were anti-Semitic, telling a reporter: "It's only anti-Semitic in your head."
- The Anti-Defamation League disagreed: "He should apologize immediately," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted this morning.
The big picture: Pew reports Jewish Americans voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in the 2018 midterms, with an estimated 79% compared to 17% for Republicans.
Flashback: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) earned her own rebuke this spring with comments about "the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country."
- "The problem isn’t that Omar criticized Israeli policies,” Greenblatt wrote at the time. “The problem is her comments were anti-Semitic.”
The bottom line: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin "was the lone senior Israeli official to address [Trump’s] assertion," the Times of Israel reports, telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that U.S.-Israel ties “are not dependent on the relationship with one particular party.”
Bonus pic: The future is now
Aerial view of a solar power generation project in China.
- China's power generation rose 3% year-on-year to 4 trillion kilowatt hours in the first seven months of the year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
2. What you missed
- Around 4 million people in India have until August 31 to prove a pre-1971 claim to residence or they will be deemed illegal. It could quickly become the largest crisis of stateless people on the planet. Go deeper.
- The Trump administration will allow long-term detention of migrant families who crossed the border illegally. Go deeper.
- The U.S. budget deficit is now expected to breach $1 trillion by 2020, two years earlier than previously projected. Go deeper.
- The self-driving car industry is starting to release secret data in an attempt to speed up progress. Go deeper.
- Bernie Sanders has released a plan that would overhaul labor laws in the U.S. to increase union membership and rights. Go deeper.
3. 1 🎥 thing
The 25th James Bond movie, coming in April of 2020, will be called "No Time to Die."
- Casting: Daniel Craig as Bond and Rami Malek as the villain.
A few setbacks have marked the production, the AP notes.
- An explosion during shooting at Pinewood Studios in June injured a crew member and damaged the sound stage. Craig hurt his foot in May while performing a stunt in Jamaica that required minor ankle surgery.