IN CASE YOU MISSED IT — THE PRESIDENT’S RESPONSE TO LONDON ATTACKS — @realDonaldTrump at 7:17 p.m.: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” … at 7:24 p.m.: “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!” …
… at 7:19 a.m.: “We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse” … at 7:31 a.m.: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” … at 7:43 a.m.: “Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!”
LONDON MAYOR SADIQ KHAN responds, through a spokesman saying he has better things to do than respond to Trump’s “ill-informed tweet.” http://bit.ly/2rpMGKp
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW — NYT’S STEVEN ERLANGER IN LONDON: “Declaring ‘enough is enough,’ Prime Minister Theresa May vowed on Sunday a sweeping review of Britain’s counterterrorism strategy after three knife-wielding assailants unleashed an assault late Saturday night, the third major terrorist attack in the country in three months.
“Seven people were killed in the attack and dozens more injured as the men sped across London Bridge in a white van, ramming numerous pedestrians, before emerging with large hunting knives for a stabbing spree in the capital’s Borough Market, a popular and crowded night spot. The assault came days before national elections this week and after the British government had downgraded the threat level to ‘severe’ from ‘critical,’ meaning that an attack was likely, but not imminent.”’ http://nyti.ms/2rpKkuY
— AP at 8:10 a.m.: “LONDON (AP) – UK police say they have arrested 12 people in east London over London Bridge attack.”
U.K. P.M. THERESA MAY’S Sunday morning statement. http://bit.ly/2rpFOww
–CHECK OUT the latest version of Politico Europe’s Sunday Crunch newsletter which typically covers British politics but today is devoted to the terror attack http://politi.co/2ssBbQN
THE GUARDIAN — “WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR” — “Seven people have been killed during attacks in two closely connected areas of London on Saturday night which police have described as ‘terrorist incidents’ … Armed police arrived at the scene and shot dead three attackers who were armed with knives and wearing what turned out to be fake bomb vests. The incidents took place on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market. … There were multiple casualties in addition to the deaths, with London Ambulance Service saying at least 48 people have been taken to five hospitals in the capital.” http://bit.ly/2ryqtbb
THE PRESIDENT is at his golf club in Virginia this morning.
FROM THE WEST WING — The president is dining with members of Congress Tuesday night.
SNEAK PEEK — NBC NEWS’ “SUNDAY NIGHT WITH MEGYN KELLY” with VLADIMIR PUTIN — KELLY: “He came over for a dinner, a photo of which has been widely circulated in the American media. What was the nature of your relationship with him?” PUTIN: “You and I, you and I personally, have a much closer relationship than I had with Mr. Flynn. You and I met yesterday evening. You and I have been working together all day today. And now, we’re meeting again. When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side. I made my speech. Then we talked about other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services.’ That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him. That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn.”
SUNDAY BEST — JAKE TAPPER talks to SEN. MARK WARNER (D-VA.) on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” — TAPPER: “The British prime minister, Theresa May, said there’s far too much tolerance for extremism in the U.K. Do you think we have that problem here in the United States?” WARNER: “I think we don’t have it the same way as the U.K., but it’s obviously a challenge in modern society to maintain free societies and freedom of speech, but still recognize that we have to be on guard against some the hateful venom that is oftentimes spewed over the Internet.” TAPPER: “Why do you think it is that we see these attacks in London, but we haven’t, knock on wood, seen such a thing happen here in the United States?”
WARNER: “I believe, in many ways, the Muslim-American community is better integrated into our society. They — I think that’s always been our secret sauce in America, that you can come here, first generation, and if you accept our laws and rules, become American.”
TAPPER: “Prime Minister May also said that she thinks Internet-based technology firms are giving extremism the safe space it needs to breed. She wants new regulations of cyberspace. … Facebook, Twitter, Google, do you think that these tech firms are doing enough?”
WARNER: “Jake, I think — and my background, as you know, was in technology business before I came in — went into politics. I think we do have to reexamine these platform companies that, for years, have said they have no responsibility to curate the information that flows across their platforms. They have started to change. Originally, they changed their policies as related to child pornography. Now they’re changing their policies as related to terrorism. I was just out on the West Coast last week talking with folks at Facebook. They’re now recognizing the weaponization of false information, even around elections. They shut down 30,000 fake accounts right before the French elections. But this is going to require, I think, a much broader conversation than we’ve had to date.”
— GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS talks to FORMER U.N. AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” — STEPHANOPOULOS: “On Friday, President Putin also continued to deny that his government has interfered in our elections. But he did for the first time say it might have been done by patriotic Russians. Is that as close to an admission of guilt we’re going to get from President Putin?” RICE: “I don’t know what we’ll hear from President Putin, George. But frankly, he’s lying. The reality is, as all of our intelligence agencies have come together to affirm with high confidence, the Russian government, at the highest levels, was behind the very unprecedented effort to meddle in our 2016 presidential election. And we need to understand exactly how and why that happened and whether or not there’s any evidence to suggest that there were those on the American side who facilitated that meddling.”
— STEPHANOPOULOS talks to EPA ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT — STEPHANOPOULOS: “But so, a pretty simple question, why can’t the president just say whether or not he believes in man-made client change? You speak for the president. You’re the EPA administrator. Do you know what the president believes?” PRUITT: “Well, frankly, George, I think the whole question is an effort to get it off the point and the issue of whether Paris is good for this country or not. And the president has indicated the climate changes.” … STEPHANOPOULOS: “I want to move on. But just very simply, do you — do you know if President Trump still believes that climate change is a hoax?” PRUITT: “Our discussion, George, has been about the agreement, the efficacy of the agreement. That’s what he spent the last several weeks focused upon, the merits and demerits of the Paris agreement. He put America first. He said that he’s going to put jobs, and the environment first by the way, by making the decision that he did on Thursday.”
HOT CLICK — Former Secretary of State John Kerry tells NBC News’ Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" that Trump seeking a better climate deal is like O.J. Simpson searching for the real killer. http://nbcnews.to/2rG1bKC
— @FoxNewsSunday: “.@AlGore on @POTUS’ withdrawing from #ParisDeal: I thought it was in our best interest to stay in. It was reckless & indefensible decision.”
WHAT JAKE IS READING — THE LEGISLATIVE ITEM OF THE WEEK — “Trump plans week-long focus on infrastructure, starting with privatizing air traffic control,” by WaPo’s John Wagner: “President Trump will seek to put a spotlight on his vows to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system and spur $1 trillion in new investment in roads, waterways and other infrastructure with a weeklong series of events starting Monday at the White House. The events — billed as ‘infrastructure week’ — are part of a stepped-up effort since the president’s return a week ago from his first foreign trip to show that the White House remains focused on its agenda, despite cascading headlines about investigations into his administration’s ties to Russia.
“The president has invited executives from major airlines to join him as he kicks off the week with one of his more controversial plans: spinning off the air traffic control functions of the Federal Aviation Administration to a nonprofit corporation. It’s an idea that’s been tried many times before dating back to the Clinton administration and most recently last year in legislation championed by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Transportation Committee. His bill never made it to the Senate, where several key GOP members resisted the idea of transferring government assets to a corporation.” http://wapo.st/2ryRcVo
THE BUSY SEASON… When Congress returns this week, it will have 31 days in session before breaking for the month-long August recess. Capitol Hill denizens are bracing for a long two months.
THE VEEP — THE LATEST ON HEALTH CARE — “Mike Pence rides a Harley in Iowa, presses for action on health care reform,” by Des Moines Register’s Jason Noble in Boone, Iowa: “On stage, the vice president ticked through President Donald Trump’s efforts since taking office on regulatory reform, defense spending, confronting immigration and limiting funding for abortion. But he devoted the bulk of his remarks to pressing for action on the GOP health care reform law that passed the U.S. House this spring but has seen slower progress in the Senate. ‘First and foremost, this summer, this Congress must come together and heed the president’s leadership and we must repeal and replace Obamacare,’ Pence told a crowd about 1,400 on a hot, windswept field on the Central Iowa Expo grounds here.” http://dmreg.co/2qUswEx
RACHAEL BADE in San Juan Capistrano, California — “Issa walks fine line at town hall in divided district”: “During a Saturday morning town hall here in an affluent Southern Californian neighborhood, [John] Matthews lit into the nine-term Republican congressman for failing to do more to stop Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. ‘I want to know when you and the Republican Party are going to stand up, use your political capital, and recognize that our democracy is under attack from an adversary,’ he asked Issa. The crowd cheered, and raised yellow signs reading ‘Agree.’
“Issa — who just minutes earlier had boasted about being the first Republican to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the FBI’s Russia investigation — retorted that Russia wasn’t a Republican problem at all. He argued it was a bipartisan nuisance, and claimed he’s been tough on what he called the ‘evil empire’ of Russia his entire career. As the audience jeered at Issa to ‘Stand up! Stand up!’ against President Donald Trump, and ‘revoke’ the security clearance of Jared Kushner, his son in law, Matthews said that he would not vote for Issa again.” http://politi.co/2qUf97t
SPOTTED — BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA dining in the private room at 16th Street hotspot Mirabelle Saturday night … SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TEXAS) at his 25th Princeton reunion over the weekend. He debated his college debate partner, David Panton, Friday. Pic http://bit.ly/2sDSg9J Cruz was holding down the fort in the Hyatt Regency in Princeton until at least 2:30 a.m.
LURCHING TO THE LEFT — “The Single-Payer Party? Democrats Shift Left on Health Care,” by Alex Burns and Jennifer Medina on A1 of the NYT: “For years, Republicans savaged Democrats for supporting the Affordable Care Act, branding the law — with some rhetorical license — as a government takeover of health care. Now, cast out of power in Washington and most state capitals, Democrats and activist leaders seeking political redemption have embraced an unlikely-seeming cause: an actual government takeover of health care.” http://nyti.ms/2qPMyVA
ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER — “The Trump administration’s lonely voice for human rights,” by Nahal Toosi: “When President Donald Trump told an audience of Muslim leaders last month that America will no longer ‘lecture’ their countries on internal matters, it sent the clearest signal yet that his administration plans to downplay human rights. But one of his Cabinet aides apparently wasn’t listening. Nikki Haley, Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, has pointedly made human rights, along with humanitarian assistance, a central focus of her agenda, putting her at odds with Trump as well as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It’s a stance that puts her credibility at risk if she can’t deliver on her rhetoric, but one that also could prove politically smart by letting her distance herself from Trump’s record if the former South Carolina governor seeks higher office.” http://politi.co/2qU6fXA
DEEP DIVE — “How a ‘shadow’ universe of charities joined with political warriors to fuel Trump’s rise,” by WaPo’s Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Shawn Boburg: “The Freedom Center has declared itself a ‘School for Political Warfare,’ and it is part of a loose nationwide network of like-minded charities linked together by ideology, personalities, conservative funders and websites, including the for-profit Breitbart News.[David] Horowitz’s story shows how charities have become essential to modern political campaigns, amid lax enforcement of the federal limits on their involvement in politics, while taking advantage of millions of dollars in what amount to taxpayer subsidies. In interviews with The Washington Post, Horowitz, 78, acknowledged the Freedom Center’s partisan mission and said its aim is to protect ‘traditional American values’ against adversaries on the left, who operate their own network of charities. …
“Horowitz makes a good living as the Freedom Center chief executive, earning $583,000 from a charity that received $5.4 million in donations in 2015, according to the latest available records. But he said he has come to believe that his group and others across the political spectrum ought to be reined in to ensure they fulfill the original spirit of the Internal Revenue Service’s charitable rules, even though such overhauls would be ‘personally devastating for me.’” http://wapo.st/2qPTAKb
WEST COAST WATCH — “SpaceX Launches Previously Used Cargo Capsule for First Time,” by L.A. Times’ Samantha Masunaga: “SpaceX launched supplies to the International Space Station in a previously used spacecraft Saturday and then landed the rocket’s first-stage booster back on Earth. With the launch, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule joins a small number of spacecraft, most notably NASA’s space shuttles, to reenter space — a first for the Hawthorne space company.” http://lat.ms/2qN0yLQ
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
–“Hell Is Empty And All the Hedge Fund Managers Are At The Bellagio,” by Hamilton Nolan in Deadspin: “All of the younger men looked like Jared Kushner, and all the younger women looked like Ivanka Trump might look if she had to work 14-hour days. Their lives stretched out in front of them, down the Bellagio’s gaudy, carpeted halls. They could fall in love over credit strategies, have a marriage announcement in the New York Times at 26 and a scandalous divorce announcement in the New York Post at 44.” http://bit.ly/2qP4b35
–“Amazon Is Killing My Sex Life,” by Tricia Romano in DAME Magazine: “The tech boom in Seattle is bringing in droves of successful, straight single guys. And as any woman will tell you: You don’t want to date any of them.” http://bit.ly/2smYdbz (h/t Longreads.com)
–“Why are doughnut boxes pink? The answer could only come out of Southern California,” by LATimes’ David Pierson: “A Cambodian doughnut shop owner asked Westco some four decades ago if there were any cheaper boxes available other than the standard white cardboard. Westco found leftover pink cardboard stock. It didn’t hurt that pink was a few shades short of red, a lucky colour for the refugees, many of whom are ethnic Chinese. White, on the other hand, is the colour of mourning.” http://lat.ms/2s2ePbi
–“Who’s the real cunt?” by Andrew O’Hagan in the London Review of Books, reviewing “Mail Men: The Unauthorised Story of the ‘Daily Mail’, the Paper that Divided and Conquered Britain,” by Adrian Addison: “The Mail desecrates the holy places where it likes to stake its claim, and would be a laughable rag, really, were it not for our degraded political culture taking it seriously. Every day in [editor Paul] Dacre’s paper the people who make up the population of Britain, the people who teach your children and bandage your wounds, drive your trains or clean your floors, are described as aliens and forgers and scum.” http://bit.ly/2qKGihS
–“What Xi Jinping Wants,” by Graham Allison, author of “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?,” in The Atlantic: “China’s leader is determined to turn his country into ‘the biggest player in the history of the world.’ Can he do it while avoiding a dangerous collision with America?” http://theatln.tc/2qJg0II … $16.80 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2qOSwBs
–“Curtains For Us All? A Conversation With Martin Rees” – Edge: “We can observe many galaxies, out to 13 billion light-years from us; however, there’s no reason to think that that’s all of physical reality. We want to know how much further reality extends beyond the domain we can see. It may go so far that all combinatorial options are fulfilled, that there are avatars of us far away making the right decision where we might make the wrong one.” http://bit.ly/2rt8Rxn
–“Standing up for cinema,” by Martin Scorsese in the Times Literary Supplement: “Every time I get back into the editing room, I feel the wonder of it. One image is joined with another image, and a third phantom event happens in the mind’s eye – perhaps an image, perhaps a thought, perhaps a sensation. Something occurs, something absolutely unique to this particular combination or collision of moving images. And if you take a frame away from one or add a couple of frames to the other, the image in the mind’s eye changes.” http://bit.ly/2qKiBq8 (h/t TheBrowser.com)
–“Why We Fight Wars,” by Matthew Evangelista in the Chronicle of Higher Education: “‘Wars are not barroom brawls writ large,’ wrote Barbara Ehrenreich. She was responding to Francis Fukuyama’s claim in Foreign Affairs magazine that men are mainly responsible for military conflicts because ‘aggression, violence, war, and intense competition for dominance in a status hierarchy are more closely associated with men than women,’ and that ‘statistically speaking it is primarily men who enjoy the experience of aggression.’” http://bit.ly/2rtqVYc (h/t ALDaily.com)
–“More professionalism, less populism,” by Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes in Brookings: “How voting makes us stupid, and what to do about it.” http://brook.gs/2qKBYz6
–“The Way Ahead,” by Stephen Fry: “What Pandora did not know was that when she shut the lid of the jar so hastily she forever imprisoned inside one last little creature, which was left behind to beat its wings hopelessly in the box for ever. Its name was Elpis, Hope. The comparison seems rather good, don’t you think? If Gutenberg’s revolution was Pandora 2.0 and the Industrial Revolution 3.0 then the information age is Pandora 4.0.” http://bit.ly/2sy7A7y
SPOTTED: last night at the WNO Opera Gala at the Kennedy Center: Samuel Alito, Ben Carson, Pat Leahy, Mick Mulvaney … Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) running in Georgetown early this morning wearing an RWB shirt
OUT AND ABOUT — Last night Michael Moroney and Francesca Chambers hosted their annual “Welcome to Summer” rooftop soiree in D.C.
SPOTTED: Michael and Beth Hoare, Steve Clemons, Meredith McPhillips, Elizabeth Landers, Tim and Shana Teehan, Olivia Peterson, Caren Auchman, John Arundel, Abby Phillip, Courtney Flanzer, Joel and Jordan Gehrke, Heidi Przybyla, Jennifer Dargan, Teddy Davis, Amanda House, Eli Lake, Holly Shulman, Nikki Schwab, Neil Grace, John Kartch, Brad Bosserman, Carolyn Fiddler, David Pasch, Adam Green, Ryan Williams, Erin McPike, Miranda Green, Morgan Finkelstein, Josh Dawsey, Janet Donovan, Tommy Burr, Fin Gomez, Jim Acosta, Byron Tao, Adrian Carrasquillo, Tierney Sneed, Giovanna Coia, Anne LeHardy, Natalie Strom, Ninio Fetalvo, and Brian K. Walsh.
ENGAGED — Alexandra Smith, national chairman of the College Republican National Committee, got engaged in Jersey City on Saturday to fellow lawyer Charlie Wilkes, an associate at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP in in Woodbridge, N.J. They met on a College Republican campaign trip ten years ago. She posts on Facebook: “Last night, I said YES! to my person–the most wonderful man God could’ve given me. I love you, Charlie.” Pics http://bit.ly/2rGe73d … http://bit.ly/2rz26u7
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — The Des Moines Register’s news director Annah Backstrom married DMR business columnist and reporter Joel Aschbrenner Saturday evening on Lake Michigan in Annah’s hometown of Muskegon, Michigan. Guests included caucus crew DMR’s Grant Rodgers and Lynn Hicks, former RPI comms director Charlie and Anastasia Szold, former IDP press secretary Josh Levitt, and CNN’s Betsy Klein. Pic http://bit.ly/2qPFKHw
–“Stephanie Akpa, Christopher Eiswerth” — N.Y. Times: “The bride, 33, is a policy counsel in Washington for Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, and received a law degree from Yale. … The groom, 31, is a litigation associate in the Washington office of Sidley Austin, the Chicago law firm. He graduated summa cum laude from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and received a law degree cum laude from Harvard. In 2013 and 2014, he was a law clerk for Judge Moore in Cleveland, where she has her chambers. … The couple met at the wedding of mutual friends in summer 2013.” http://nyti.ms/2rpN4IM
–“Shivonn Foster, Chad Jones”: “The couple met in 2007 at Howard University, from which they both graduated. The groom also received a doctorate of dental surgery there.Mrs. Jones, 30, works as an account director in the Washington office of Sunshine Sachs, a public relations firm in New York, where she is a publicist for progressive nonprofit organizations. She received a master’s degree in corporate communications and public relations from Georgetown. … Dr. Jones, 29, is a dentist for So Others Might Eat, a community health clinic, and for Dental Dreams, an office in Washington.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2sspOZc
TRANSITIONS — Reagan Payne is starting on June 12 at Cruise Automation, an autonomous vehicle startup out of San Francisco that was acquired by GM last year (http://for.tn/2rpqeB6). She’ll be on Rebecca Mark’s D.C.-based government relations team and will manage the eastern region. Payne previously worked for Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.).
FORMER REP. ELLEN TAUSCHER (D-Calif.) has been appointed to the board of regents of the UC system. http://bit.ly/2qUtn8r
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Direct Impact acting CEO Michael Fleischer, celebrating with family at Millie’s restaurant in Spring Valley (hat tip: Nic Breeding)
BIRTHDAYS: Mike Murphy … Steve Lombardo, chief marketing and comms. officer for Koch Industries (h/ts Mark Holden and Ken Spain) … Mort Zuckerman is 8-0 (h/t Jewish Insider) … Emily Gold, associate producer at “For the Record” with Greta on MSNBC (h/t Sarah Gadsden) … Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is 46 (h/t Will Levi) … Politico’s Traci Schweikert … Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, is 69 … Talley Sergent … George Burns, father of Alex and principal of Fieldston Lower School … John Arundel, associate publisher of Washington Life magazine (h/t Kevin Chaffee) … D.C. photographer Daniel “Dan Around Town” Swartz (h/t Kelley McCormick) … Anders Ericson is 19 … Camden Stuebe, chief of staff at IJR (h/ts Alex Skatell and Michelle Zar) … ProPublica’s Justin Elliott (h/t Isaac Arnsdorf) …
… Dana Edwards Manatos, Bush 43 WH alum and current co-CEO of Edward Marc Brands, Inc., the creator of Snappers … Gena Wolfson, social media and digital content producer for SiriusXM Politics (h/t Danielle Lynn) … reporter Polly Kreisman … 0ptimus Partner Scott Tranter (h/t Kurt Bardella) … WaPo’s Colby Itkowitz … Bloomberg’s Lauren Spurr (h/t Kendall Breitman) … Robert Schulte … Clinton WH alum David Bolger, founder of Executive Briefing, is 55 (h/t Chris Lapetina) … Deb Callahan, executive director at Bay Area Open Space Council … Joel Packer, principal at the Raben Group (h/ts Jon Haber) … Abigail Strayer … Vinnie Wishrad … Tracey Lewis (h/t Teresa Vilmain) … Steve Weinberg is 69 … Amelia Showalter, co-founder and CEO of Pantheon Analytics and an Obama 2012 alum … The Raben Group’s Ryan Daniels … former Hawaii governor Linda Lingle is 64 … Lori Ann LaRocco, CNBC’s senior talent producer … Greg Anrig … Jack Buechner … Ranya Kadri … Nathan DeWitt … Andrew Meehan … Dr. Ruth Westheimer is 89 … Angelina Jolie is 42 … model Bar Refaeli is 32 (h/ts AP)