Takes o' the day
"God, the hairdo talk alone between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un would be EPIC," realizes MarketWatch's Mike Murphy, in light of the Reuters exclusive (at 3,000 shares) revealing Trump is willing to meet North Korea's leader (oh, and also wants to renegotiate the Paris climate accord). "Trump would speak to one of the few world leaders Obama won't," points out CNN's Zach Wolf. "I'm not sure Kim Jong-un would be willing to meet .@realDonaldTrump . I mean, he's no Dennis Rodman," counters Politico's Nahal Toosi. "The funny thing is Trump declining to share details of his NKorea plan as if there are details of his plan," muses Edward-Isaac Dovere, also at Politico. During the interview Trump also pledged to dismantle most of Dodd-Frank financial regulations, if elected. "Interested whether markets react to this (maybe they don't bc they don't think he'll win)," speculates National Journal's Ben Pershing, before going on to share, "Of 535 members of Congress, I can't think of one who would agree with all of these positions." Also, Trump broke with his own previously expressed sentiments to disapprove of Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in eastern Ukraine. Max Seddon at the Financial Times reacts, "The Trump-Putin bromance is over. Sad!"
Also fresh out today: Trump's list of 11 people he would consider to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. "This is so conservative (in the apolitical sense) that I'm pretty suspicious it's what he'd actually do," admits Vox's Dara Lind. FYI, Obama didn't make the cut.
At the Washington Post, Hank Stuever thinks last night's much heralded Megyn Kelly interview of Trump was a little too focused on Megyn Kelly (but who's really surprised?). "When someone says 'this isn't about me,' it's about them," comes the helpful tweet from WaPo's Dan Zak. "The phrase of the morning (from @hankstuever) is express-checkout infotainment," notes Politico's Michael Kruse. Go forth and use it in a sentence! At the same time, white nationalists are seeing their numbers go up thanks to Trump’s candidacy. "Holocaust denier who endorsed Donald Trump has taken to calling him 'our glorious leader,'" WSJ's Beth Reinhard reports in terrifying detail. And yet somehow the billionaire mogul's appeal stretches to suburbs that had been trending blue. In which the former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor predicts Trump will lose votes because "There're probably more ugly women in America than attractive women." Yup, that happened. Also, Nate Silver offers a mea culpa via the headline "How I Acted Like A Pundit And Screwed Up On Donald Trump."
Relatedly, care to see how different Facebook looks to someone with opposing poliical views? Then enjoy the Wall Street Journal's Blue Feed, Red Feed graphics adventure.
News you should also know: one of the first Chibok girls has been found since they were captured two years ago by Boko Haram. "What a breakthrough #BringBackOurGirls," marvels Grace Leslie-Graham. "Please may this not be too good to be true," pleads BBC's Bola Mosuro. In breaking news, Waco police records show yet more violence allegations against Baylor football players. "Seriously. Forget the NCAA. We're going to need the military to go to Waco and seize control of this cesspool," condemns sports columnist Roy Bragg at the San Antonio Express-News. Meanwhile, we may have just learned that women in elite jobs face a stubborn pay gap, but House of Cards' Robin Wright refuses to be one of them. The New York Times shares, "Robin Wright wanted to be paid as much as Kevin Spacey. So she did something that would make Claire Underwood proud."