While President Trump spent the weekend at his Bedminster, N.J. golf club, where he crashed a wedding, as reported by Luke Nozicka for NJ.com, there was no weekend break for other Trump-related coverage. First up, we have Trump's History of Lies, According to Biographer Timothy O'Brien. In Bloomberg, the “TrumpNation” author writes, “Trump sued me, then had to acknowledge 30 times during a deposition that he had lied over the years about a wide range of issues.” Tweets O’Brien, “POTUS told me he was tape-recording our conversations, too. Under oath, he had to admit that wasn't true.”
Sarah N. Lynch of Reuters reports that, while speaking on ABC News’ “This Week,” Ex-U.S. Attorney Bharara tells of 'unusual' calls he received from Trump (14,000+ shares). She writes, “Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara revealed on Sunday that he received a handful of ‘unusual’ phone calls from Donald Trump after the November election that made him feel uncomfortable, and said he was fired after declining to take the third call.”
Speaking of firing, “Oh. My. God.” tweets Nicolle Wallace, as POLITICO’s Victoria Guida reports Trump attorney won't rule out firing Mueller. Says Dmitry Zaks, “The quotes are fuzzy but the gist is correct.” “Consequence of Trump's treating Mueller like Apprentice contestant? Blowback, backfire, boom,” tweets Rebecca Bingham (McCormick).
It’s not a ban
Meanwhile, “Trump imposes travel ban on himself,” tweets Christian Bennett, linking to the report by Patrick Wintour of The Guardian, Donald Trump's state visit to Britain put on hold (35,000+ shares). As Natalia Guerrero tweets, “Trump told Theresa May he did not want state visit to go ahead if there were large-scale public protests in the UK.” However, BBC News is reporting that both UK and US governments deny state visit delay.
And “Just when you thought it couldn't get any more fascinating... two state AGs are suing the US President,” tweets Liza Yuzda. This morning, Aaron C. Davis of the Washington Post breaks the news that D.C. and Maryland to sue President Trump alleging breach of constitutional oath (25,000+ shares), becoming the first government entities to sue Trump for emoluments. “Wow,” says Michael Boren. “Good,” says Kenneth Silber.
4th of July fireworks
“To everything, churn, churn, churn…” says Glenn Thrush, reacting to the report from POLITICO’s Tara Palmeri, Trump gives Priebus until July 4 to clean up White House. Palmeri writes, “Sensing his impending doom even before he was criticized for fallout related to the firing of FBI director James Comey, Reince had joked, ‘I've got one foot on a banana peel and another out the door.’” Says Matt Ford, “The buried lede in the Reincenarok piece: We're getting a sequel to Infrastructure Week.”
And so, Is media coverage of Trump too negative? You’re asking the wrong question, says Margaret Sullivan in a new column for the Washington Post. “Here’s my carefully nuanced answer: Hell no,” she writes. “‘The idea of balance is suspect on its face’—@Sulliview has better ways to assess job media is doing in era of Trump,” tweets Gady Epstein.
Scary track record
POLITICO’s Molly K. McKew has a different question for us: Why are we focusing on who leaked what to whom when our democracy is under siege? In Forget Comey. The Real Story Is Russia’s War on America, she emphasizes, “The war is in the shadows. And, right now, Russia is winning.” Felipe De La Hoz says, “In expanding circus of leaks/investigations, important to never forget broad Russian strategic aims.” Tweets Diana Henriques, “#Russia's info-warfare on America is an ongoing threat. Why isn't POTUS/GOP investigating it?”
Meanwhile in Russia, Navalny Arrested as Anti-Kremlin Protests Roll Across Russia, report Neil MacFarquhar and Andrew Higgins in The New York Times. And David Filipov tweets, “That didn't take long. @navalny detained in Moscow before #Russiaprotests begin,” linking to his piece in the Washington Post, Thousands rally across Russia as anti-corruption activist Navalny defies Moscow. Steven Greenhouse headlines it, “Putin Stifles Democracy,” and Mary Jordan tweets, “THERE IS A SCARY TRACK RECORD HERE Russian activist Navalny detained. State news says nothing,”
“This is pretty staggering,” says Luke McGee, linking to Applications from EU nurses to work in UK down 96% since Brexit vote, Paul Kelso’s piece for Sky News. Referring to the piece by Nick Triggle for BBC News, EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote, Tim Harford says, “Worried that talented, well-trained, hard-working people might come to the UK? We may be solving that ‘problem.’"
The Tony Awards were last night, and Michael Paulson of The New York Times recaps the show for us in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Wins 6 Tony Awards; Bette Midler Is Best Leading Actress. In it, he refers to Midler’s “filibustering acceptance speech,” of which Maeve McDermott of USA Today says Bette Midler's hilariously long speech stole the show. Billboard’s Suzy Evans has 8 Things Seen and Heard Backstage and on the Red Carpet, and at TIME, Jennifer A. Calfas gives us the Best and Worst Moments From the 2017 Tony Awards.
Meanwhile, Michael Cooper tweets, “Never imagined that the most interesting theater story today might not be @TheTonyAwards,” linking to Et Tu, Delta? Airline Drops Sponsorship Over Trump-Like ‘Julius Caesar,’ from Liam Stack in The New York Times. Says Jared Keller, “I feel like I'm actually going insane,” and Tony Romm says, “love it when brands in highly regulated industries stop supporting art because they fear the political blowback.”
More Uber turmoil
Greg Bensinger of The Wall Street Journal reports, Uber Chief Business Officer Emil Michael to Resign Monday as the firm tries to weather investigation into workplace culture, federal probe and more. Uber’s Report on Its Culture Is Coming Out. Will It Change Anything? asks Mike Isaac of The New York Times, while BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith says, Trump-Style Tactics Have Finally Stopped Working For Uber. Tweets Mat Honan, “Here's @BuzzFeedBen on one of Uber's early controversies and eventual discovery that gravity exists.”
In other breaking business news today, The Wall Street Journal’s Austen Hufford reports, GE CEO Jeff Immelt to Step Down, ending a 16-year run at the helm of the company he reshaped after the financial crisis.
And Oliver Staley of Quartz reports, Wordpress parent Automattic is closing its San Francisco office because its remote workers never show up. Zach Seward explains: “Automattic, famous for encouraging remote work, is closing its 15,000-square-foot office used by five employees.”
The Stanley Cup is over, and the Pittsburgh Penguins finally conquered Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, raucous Predators fans and...catfish. To sum up: This Pittsburgh Penguins title was a spectacle of survival, writes ESPN’s Bill Barnwell.
”A strong essay from @OwenGleiberman on Tom Cruise's wrong turn: ‘As an actor, he's become an image consultant,’” tweets Mark Harris, referring to Tom Cruise: A Star in Slow-Motion Career Meltdown, by Variety’s Owen Gleiberman.
Return of The Lily: Ashley Parker tweets, “The Lily was the first U.S. newspaper by women. @thelilynews, a new site from @washingtonpost, is bringing it back.” Editor Amy King explains why we need it.