As Donald Trump prepares for his surprise nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the world be watching to see whether Trump scuttles America’s 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran. Would it really be possible to make a deal with one country while killing a deal with the other? Via The New York Times.
The November midterms are about so much more than who controls which house of Congress, writes David Remnick in The New Yorker. They are a stress test measuring the health of liberal democracy in America.
Where is Barack Obama? It may be traditional for presidents who have just left office to step away from the politics of the day. But there’s nothing traditional about Donald Trump’s presidency, and Julian Zelizer writes in The Atlantic, Obama can’t afford to be traditional in opposing it.
From The National Review, George Will asks how we can still be fighting the war in Afghanistan when — 6,000 days, a trillion dollars and 2,200 lives in — no one can really say what the objective is or how the war can ever end.
The Democratic Party is moving left — except when no one is looking. In which case, a dozen or so Democrats, including Sen. Michael Bennet, can join Republicans in supporting a bill to gut certain banking regulations. Via New York magazine.
If you didn’t see Trump at his Trumpian best in his untethered, let-Trump-be-Trump speech the other night in Pennsylvania, Chris Cillizza has compiled the 64 most outrageous lines for your reading pleasure (or, just as likely, displeasure). Via CNN.
Anderson Cooper has done his interview with porn star Stormy Daniels for 60 Minutes. The big question now is not so much what she will say about the president, but whether the president’s lawyer will be able to keep the segment from airing. Via The New York Times.
Is Amazon really looking for the city that will write them the biggest check to house their second headquarters? It’s more likely, writes The Washington Post, that it’s looking for the kind of city that all tech companies, big and small, are looking for. And, in case you’re wondering, in the Post rankings, Denver lands fourth. Austin is first.
Dana Milbank: Remember the steel tariffs imposed in 1992? Guess what: They didn’t work either. Via The Washington Post.
It’s Trump vs. California as Trump gets set to make his first presidential visit to the state. At this point, it’s still not clear who’s winning. Via The Los Angeles Times. Or to put it another way, as Joe Mathews does in The Sacramento Bee, is California becoming America’s Taiwan?
U.S. and Japanese fighter planes and bombers in a show of force after a North Korea missile launch. Photo posted by Robert Sullivan, via Flickr: Creative Commons