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What We’re Following Today
It’s Monday, July 1.
‣ Senior House Democrats called for the firing of several Customs and Border Protection agents who mocked dead immigrants and posted vulgar comments and images of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a secret Facebook group.
Here’s what else we’re watching:
Mind If I Swing By?: President Donald Trump met North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, in the joint-security area of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea today, becoming the first sitting president to cross the border into North Korea. But while Trump’s engagement with Kim has produced many unprecedented moments, “it has yet to yield any real progress on the core issue of North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program.”
+ Iran has now surpassed the limit on enriched uranium stockpiles set in the 2015 nuclear deal. The several kilograms extra doesn’t, practically speaking, lessen the amount of time Iran needs to build nuclear weapons; “what the breach does do, however, is stick a finger in the eye of Europe,” writes Kathy Gilsinan.
End of an Era?: The decades-old alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia has grown more and more strained in recent months amid a host of political tensions, from Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen’s civil war, to the murder of the columnist Jamal Khashoggi. A Democratic president might finally bring an end to the friendship, report Uri Friedman and Yara Bayoumy.