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Situational awareness: While in Japan, Trump said the U.S. isn't ready for a China deal, Bloomberg reports.
Photo: Library of Congress, LC-BH825-40
The history of Memorial Day is the subject of a longstanding academic smackdown, with dozens of cities and towns claiming to be the holiday’s birthplace, Axios' Jennifer Kingson reports.
The backstory: Scholars agree that in 1868, three years after the Civil War’s end, Union Army General John A. Logan established a national holiday “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country.” What’s disputed is where he got the idea.
Among the contenders:
There are even dueling Memorial Day research centers.
A man installs a candle at the "Arlington West" display of war memorial crosses organized by Veterans for Peace (VFP) on Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica.
"The four-year program in 'canine training and management' officially launches this fall at the State University of New York at Cobleskill," the AP reports.
The big picture: "The need for service dogs trained to assist those with post-traumatic stress disorder or reduced mobility has also expanded as veterans started returning from multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan."