Monday Top News Executive Summary
Trump visits North Korea, unrest in Hong Kong, Iran flouts nuke deal, border-barrier ban, and more.
Around the World
HISTORY: “Taking an unprecedented step onto North Korean soil, President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Washington and Pyongyang will relaunch stalled nuclear talks. … Side-by-side with Kim in the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to cross the 1953 armistice line separating North and South Korea.” (NBC News)
ROUGH START: “Stephanie Grisham replaced Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary only recently, but Grisham reportedly has already been injured on the job. Grisham suffered bruises when a scuffle broke out Sunday between North Korean security guards and members of the media trying to get close to President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.” (Fox News)
HONG KONG UNREST: “Police clashed with protesters trying to storm Hong Kong’s legislature on Monday, the anniversary of the semiautonomous territory’s return to China, prompting authorities to issue an unprecedented ‘red alert’ and deepening a crisis that is testing Beijing’s grip.” (The Washington Post)
IRAN FLOUTS DEAL: “Iran has exceeded a key limitation on how much nuclear fuel it can possess under the 2015 international pact curbing its nuclear program, effectively declaring that it would no longer respect an agreement that President Trump abandoned more than a year ago, state media reported on Monday.” (The New York Times)
Around the Nation
BARRIER BAN EXPANDED: “A federal judge on Friday expanded a ban on construction of President Trump’s signature southern border wall that would have used money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but that Congress never approved for the purpose. … In his order granting a permanent halt on the construction, Gilliam also cleared the path for an immediate appeal.” (The Washington Post)
FELON-VOTE LIMITATIONS: “The historic effort to allow more than a million felons in Florida to vote hit a roadblock Friday when Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill limiting which can register.” (The Washington Post)
ANTIFA ATTACK: “Andy Ngo, a photojournalist and editor at Quillette, landed in the emergency room after a mob of antifa activists attacked him on the streets of Portland during a Saturday afternoon demonstration,” Reason reports. The Daily Wire adds that three antifa fascists were arrested, though it’s unknown “if any of the arrests were made in connection with the attack on Mr. Ngo.”
PREPARING FOR GUN CONTROL: “The bustle inside LAX Ammunition on the Friday before Father’s Day betrayed the gloom of the outside sky. Employees inside the Los Angeles-area gun shop had their hands full chatting with customers who were looking to replenish their ammo supply before July 1, with some customers spending hundreds of dollars in the process. Why the hurry? That’s the day a new state law will require almost all buyers to go through background checks before being able to buy bullets, potentially increasing the amount of time and money it takes to make purchases.” (USA Today)
Business & Economy
‘BACK ON TRACK’: “President Trump said the U.S. would resume trade talks with Beijing and would hold off on imposing new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. The announcement followed a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Osaka, Japan, during the G-20 summit with world economic leaders.” (Washington Examiner)
OIL MILESTONE: “U.S. crude output soared to new heights in April, highlighting OPEC’s dilemma just days before the producer group meets amid growing geopolitical threats. A government report on Friday showed U.S. production grew 2.1% in April to 12.16 million barrels a day. Booming shale production from places like the Permian basin of West Texas have enabled U.S. oil output to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia.” (Bloomberg)
RAMIFICATIONS ON OPEC: “Global oil supplies will increase far more than demand next year with the start of a host of new projects, putting further pressure on the OPEC cartel, the International Energy Agency said. Even though growth in world oil demand will accelerate to 1.4 million barrels a day in 2020, it will be eclipsed by a 2.3 million barrel-a-day surge in output, as the ongoing boom in U.S. shale is augmented by new fields in Brazil, Norway and Canada.” (Houston Chronicle)
STOCK MARKET SOARS: Stocks rise to close out Dow’s biggest June gain since 1938; S&P 500’s best first half in two decades (CNBC)
POLICY: For regime change in Iran (National Review)
POLICY: Inconvenient energy realities (E21)
HUMOR: Kamala Harris claimed Americans don’t want to see a food fight. Fact check: FALSE. (The Babylon Bee)
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