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Situational awareness: In a New York magazine cover story published today, author E. Jean Carroll accused President Trump of raping her in a dressing room of New York's Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s. Details.
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Amidst all the tension this week, it's worth stepping back for a minute to remember that President Trump doesn't have a permanent secretary of defense.
Why it matters: Running the Pentagon is no small task for a permanent, seasoned chief. It's a huge undertaking for a temp, the AP reminds.
What's next: "For the moment both Shanahan and Esper have been attending White House and other meetings and taking part in debates over how to respond to Iran’s destruction of the drone," the AP notes.
The bottom line: "The law prohibits Esper from being nominated for the job while also serving as acting secretary. If he is nominated, he’ll have to step down and move to another job until the Senate votes on his confirmation. So that would mean yet another acting secretary meantime."
Go deeper: How Trump and Iran got to the brink of war
Visitors celebrate summer solstice and the dawn of the longest day of the year at Stonehenge.
Between the lines: Adults will quickly glean that "Toy Story 4" is really about life transitions and the fear of obsolescence, but the jury is divided on whether that existential bent will ambush parental tear ducts or give them mercy. Kids will just laugh and love.
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