A Big Step Forward? Not only did North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, host South Korean officials in Pyongyang, he also indicated that he might be willing to negotiate with the U.S. about ending his country’s nuclear program, according to South Korea. If confirmed, this could be a sign that President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric toward North Korea has worked—or it could mean that Kim is trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul.
Tariff Tiff: The White House announced that Gary Cohn will resign from his position as Trump’s chief economic adviser. Officials haven’t given a reason for Cohn’s decision. However, it comes in the midst of a White House clash over the president’s plan to impose high tariffs on steel and aluminum, which Cohn opposed. Congressional Republicans have also attempted to talk Trump out of the tariffs, but so far, he isn’t backing down—and it’s unlikely that lawmakers will take stronger action to stop him.
Political Shift: At least one thing seems clear after Italy’s elections on Sunday: The country’s relationship to the European Union is going to change. The majority of votes went to parties that are skeptical of both Italy’s long-standing EU ties and its political establishment. But the results have raised big questions about where the populist winners will take the country in the wake of the center-left establishment’s collapse.
Sam Nunberg, the former Trump aide who claimed that he would defy a subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, talks with The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins: “Nobody’s done a spectacle like this before.”
Rachel Monroe describes what happened when Missi Brandt, 45, discovered an ID card with a name she didn’t recognize in her boyfriend’s wallet:
Missi sat down on the couch and slowly read every word of every article she could find: Derek Alldred had posed as a firefighter and scammed hospitals out of drugs. Derek Alldred had dated a woman in California under false pretenses and drained her bank account of almost $200,000. Derek Alldred had married a woman, pretended to pay the bills on their home, then vanished after it was foreclosed on. Derek Alldred had posed as a surgeon, checked into the posh Saint Paul Hotel with a woman and her two daughters, racked up nearly $2,000 in charges, then skipped out on the bill (and the woman).
As she read, Missi began to feel sick, as if her body was having trouble physically assimilating the idea that her boyfriend was not a scholar and war hero, but rather a serial con man.
Our partner site CityLab explores the cities of the future and investigates the biggest ideas and issues facing city dwellers around the world. Gracie McKenzie shares today’s top stories:
“Using Airbnb to help pay your bills in a space-strapped city is a bit like using an air conditioner to combat global warming: It might help keep your apartment bearable, but overall it’s just making the environment worse.”
For the first time ever, I find myself more strongly on the side of gun control than of unrestricted gun circulation ...
My niche perspective is this: In the Army, firearms are much more heavily regulated than in civil society. How can so many enthusiastic gun owners say that they hold the military as a model, and yet not accept the strict regulations that go with the military’s use of firearms?
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