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Situational awareness: Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to investigators tomorrow, per the New York Times.
1 big thing: How the summit got derailed
President Trump hasn’t shut the door on the possibility that a North Korea summit could still happen — but for now, he’s warning North Korea not to try anything.
Behind the scenes: A White House official told Axios’ Jonathan Swan: “They literally threatened nuclear war. …[N]o summit will work under these circumstances, when they’re literally threatening our people.”
For now, it’s back to the days of “fire and fury.”
- Here’s what Trump said this afternoon at the White House: “Our military, which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world … is ready if necessary.”
- South Korea and Japan are “ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea.”
- But, but, but: “It’s possible that the existing summit could take place or a summit at some later date. Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right.”
Two views on where we’re headed, from Axios Expert Voices:
- The case for pessimism, from Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations: “There was no way the summit could have succeeded … Better that the summit was postponed than to have ended up in dramatic failure.”
- The case for optimism, from Tony Blinken, former deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration: “Both leaders still likely want this meeting to happen.”
2. What you missed
- Republican and Democratic leaders were briefed on the FBI's use of an informant in 2016. What we know.
- Facebook has released its archive of political ads. The details.
- Trump pardoned Jack Johnson, the late heavyweight boxing champion, who was convicted by an all-white jury in 1913 for violating a law that prohibited transporting a white woman across state lines “for immoral purposes.” Why it took so long.
- Only the most affluent ZIP codes recovered quickly from the Great Recession, while the economies of the country's most distressed communities continue to struggle, according to a new report released today. Dive in.
- Now it's Morgan Freeman: Eight women accused the award-winning actor of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior, per CNN. The accusations.
- How USA Gymnastics covered for Larry Nassar: The Indianapolis Star reports that the governing body said he was “sick” or busy, rather than under investigation. What happened.
- The FBI's inflated stats will have a big impact on the debate over access to encrypted cellphones. Here's why.
3. Quote of the day
4. 1 fun thing: Why home runs have surged
No, it's not because the baseballs are “juiced” now. It's because they're “flying greater distances through the air because of a decrease in wind resistance,” the New York Times reports — the conclusion of a Major League Baseball study that tried to figure out why there were so many home runs between 2015 and 2017.
Why it's happening: “We cannot find a single property that we can measure that would account for decreased drag,” said the chairman of the study, Alan Nathan, a professor emeritus of physics at the University of Illinois.
The bottom line: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯