TRAGEDY OVERNIGHT … TWO MASS SHOOTINGS — “20 dead, more wounded after gunman attacks Texas shoppers,” AP’s Cedar Attanasio, Michael Balsamo and Diana Heidgerd in El Paso, Texas: “A gunman armed with a rifle opened fire in an El Paso shopping area packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school season, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured, police said.
“Hours later, there was another mass shooting across the country. Police in Dayton, Ohio, said nine people were killed by a shooter who was shot to death by responding officers. Authorities are investigating the possibility the Saturday shooting in El Paso was a hate crime, working to confirm whether a racist, anti-immigrant screed posted online shortly beforehand was written by the man arrested in the attack on the 680,000-resident border city.
“Despite initial reports of possible multiple gunmen, the man in custody is believed to be the only shooter, police said. Two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity identified him as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius. Authorities didn’t release his name at a news conference but said the gunman was arrested without police firing any shots and is from Allen, which is a nearly 10-hour drive from El Paso.” AP
— EL PASO TIMES: “El Paso Walmart shooting leaves 20 people dead” … DAYTON DAILY NEWS: “Dayton Shooting: Suspect and 9 dead, 26 wounded or injured in Oregon District”
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP — @realDonaldTrump at 8:13 a.m.: “The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio. Information is rapidly being accumulated in Dayton. Much has already be learned in El Paso. Law enforcement was very rapid in both instances. Updates will be given throughout the day!”
… at 8:16 a.m.: “God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.”
SUNDAY BEST … JAKE TAPPER spoke to BETO O’ROURKE on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION”: BETO: “And, Jake, I have to tell you, in addition to universal background checks and in addition to ending the sales of weapons of war into our communities, in addition to red flag laws, we have got to acknowledge the hatred, the open racism that we’re seeing.
“There is an environment of it in the United States. We see it on FOX News, we see it on the Internet. But we also see it from our commander in chief. He is encouraging this. He doesn’t just tolerate it; he encourages it, calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, warning of an invasion at our border, seeking to ban all people of one religion.
“Folks are responding to this. It doesn’t just offend us, it encourages the kind of violence that we’re seeing, including in my home town of El Paso yesterday.” More from POLITICO on 2020 candidates reacting to the shooting
— CHUCK TODD spoke to REP. VERONICA ESCOBAR (D-Texas) on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”: ESCOBAR: “As a legislator, all of us as legislators Chuck, we have to talk about what’s really happening. We have to speak the truth.” TODD: “And what is that truth?” ESCOBAR: “Not politicizing an event — that truth is we have not just a gun epidemic in this country, but we have a hate epidemic in this country.” More from Bianca Quilantan
— TODD also spoke with CORY BOOKER: BOOKER: “To say nothing in a time of rising hatred, it’s not enough to say ‘I’m not a hate monger myself.’ If you are not actively working against hate, calling it out, you are complicit in what is going on. And so this is a moral moment in America like what we have seen before where demagogues and hatemongers have risen. We need moral clarity and healing and love in our nation and we need leaders that are capable of doing that.”
— CHRIS WALLACE spoke to PETE BUTTIGIEG on FOX NEWS’ “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: BUTTIGIEG: “This is terrorism and we have to name it as such. It is very clear that the loss of American life in Charleston, in San Diego, in Pittsburgh — by all appearances now in El Paso too — is symptomatic of the effects of white nationalist terrorism. We cannot keep America safe from this threat to the American people if we’re not prepared to name it and confront it.
“We need an administration that is ready to do that, and we can’t keep pretending that this is just random, or that this is something we can’t confront. What you have here is two things coming together. One, the weak gun safety policies of this country. And, two, the rise of domestic terrorism inspired by white nationalists.”
THE ADMINISTRATION’S RESPONSE — JON KARL spoke with MICK MULVANEY on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: MULVANEY: “I don’t think it’s at all fair to sit here and say that he doesn’t think that white nationalism is bad for the nation. These are sick people. You cannot be a white supremacist and be normal in the head. These are sick people. You know it, I know it, the president knows it. And this type of thing has to stop. And we have to figure out a way to fix the problem, not figure out a way to lay blame.”
— CNN’S JAKE TAPPER tweeted this morning: “Among those who declined the request from @CNNSotu to come on to discuss the mass shootings: @WhiteHouse Texas Gov @GregAbbott_TX Texas LG @DanPatrick Sen @JohnCornyn Sen @tedcruz, @GovMikeDeWine, @GOPLeader McCarthy @senatemajldr did not respond to our request.”
Good Sunday morning.
AT FANCY FARM: “Kentucky governor turns to Trump for reelection rescue,” by Steven Shepard at Fancy Farm, Ky.: “President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is still a year away, but Kentucky is going to get a preview this fall.
“Gov. Matt Bevin is clinging as tightly as he can to Trump — even borrowing some of his tactics — as he attempts to overcome rock-bottom approval ratings in a bid for a second term. The unpopular governor is counting on Trump’s appeal here — the president won Kentucky by 30 percentage points in 2016 — and conservative cultural positions to knock off his chief political rival, state Attorney General Andy Beshear, the son of Bevin’s predecessor.” POLITICO
— LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL: “Bevin and Beshear blast each other while McConnell hears from raucous Fancy Farm crowd,” by Phillip M. Bailey and Deborah Yetter
FROM 30,000 FEET … NYT’S SHERYL GAY STOLBERG: “McConnell Promised to End Senate Gridlock. Instead, Republicans Are Stuck in Neutral”: “Seven months into a new era of divided government, the Republican-led Senate limped out of Washington this week after the fewest legislative debates of any in recent memory, without floor votes on issues that both parties view as urgent: the high cost of prescription drugs, a broken immigration system and crumbling infrastructure.
“The number of Senate roll call votes on amendments — a key indicator of whether lawmakers are engaged in free and open debate — plummeted to only 18 this year, according to a review of congressional data. During the same time period in the 10 previous Congresses, senators took anywhere from 34 to 231 amendment votes.
“The inaction stands in stark contrast to the promises of Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader. After his party took control of the Senate in 2015, Mr. McConnell vowed to end the gridlock that had gripped the chamber under his Democratic predecessor, Harry Reid, and pledged to allow both parties to offer amendments to legislation — even if it forced Republicans to risk taking politically unpopular votes.” NYT
THE LATEST IN IRAN — “Iran seizes foreign oil tanker smuggling fuel in Gulf – state media,” by Reuters’ Parisa Hafezi and Maher Chmaytelli in Dubai: “Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf that was smuggling fuel and detained seven crewmen, Iran’s state media reported on Sunday, in a show of power amid heightened tension with the West.
“The vessel was intercepted near Iran’s Farsi Island in the Gulf, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said. The elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has a navy base on Farsi island which is located north of the Strait of Hormuz. Fars and Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV station reported that the tanker was seized on Wednesday.” Reuters
2020 WATCH …
— “No ‘joyful warriors’: Democrats fret over negative tone of primary fight,” by WaPo’s Matt Viser: “Some top Democrats are expressing alarm that the party’s increasingly negative primary campaign is turning off voters and doing potentially long-lasting damage to their chances of defeating President Trump next year.
“The concerns among party leaders have been simmering for some time, but they burst into public view after several bitter exchanges on the debate stage last week, prompting calls for the crowded field to be winnowed fast and for Democratic officials to rethink the format of future debates.” WaPo
— “Rookie bundlers power Buttigieg fundraising surge,” by Maggie Severns and Daniel Strauss: “Buttigieg’s campaign has amassed 94 people and couples who have already raised more than $25,000 for him in the race, according to a list of his top bundlers obtained by POLITICO. But roughly two thirds of those donors were not among the major fundraisers for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during other recent elections, according to a POLITICO analysis — though in many cases they are well-connected people in their own right.
“Buttigieg’s top bundlers, known inside the campaign as his ‘investor’s circle,’ includes well-known hedge fund manager Orin Kramer and Esprit co-founder Susie Tompkins Buell — each of whom has raised upwards of $25,000 for his campaign. The rainmakers were instrumental in making Buttigieg the biggest fundraiser in the Democratic field this spring, as he brought in $24.8 million in the second quarter.” POLITICO
TRUMP’S SUNDAY — The president will leave Bedminster, N.J. en route to Washington at 4 p.m.
THE LATEST ON CHINA — WSJ: “Trump Ordered New Chinese Tariffs Over Objections of Advisers,” by Vivian Salaman and Josh Zumbrun: “President Trump overruled advisers to ramp up tariffs on China after a heated exchange in which he insisted levies were the best way to make Beijing comply with U.S. demands, according to people familiar with the matter.
“Barring a break in the impasse, the U.S. is now poised to impose 10% tariffs on roughly $300 billion in Chinese imports that aren’t currently taxed starting Sept. 1. Battle lines are hardening in Beijing as well—raising prospects that a deal may be put off until after the U.S. presidential election next year.
“Mr. Trump, who has speculated the Chinese may be waiting to negotiate with a possible Democratic successor, says a strong U.S. economy gives Washington the upper hand if the dispute drags on. But advisers argued that a new round of tariffs could hurt the U.S. economy and further strain relations with China.”
THE IMPACT OF SPEAKING OUT — “As Biden rises, Lucy Flores watches from a distance,” by WaPo’s Holly Bailey: “Lucy Flores anticipated the scrutiny and harassment she might face when she accused Joe Biden of inappropriately touching her at a campaign event five years ago. So before she went public, Flores fortified her life. She deleted her dating apps and increased her social media privacy settings, ‘getting ready for this storm I knew was coming.’
“What Flores, a former Nevada state legislator, did not expect was friendly fire from her own party. Almost as soon as her story was published in New York magazine in March, Democrats, including those she considered close allies and friends, questioned her memory and motives for speaking out against the beloved former vice president. ‘What are you doing?’ a Democratic acquaintance asked her. ‘Do you want to give this election to Donald Trump?’” WaPo
MARKET WATCH — “It’s Not Just the Fed and Trump That Trouble the Stock Market,” by Bloomberg’s Lu Wang and Vildana Hajric
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman (@dlippman), filing from Parque Natural da Arrábida, Portugal:
— “Journalists on the ‘aha’ moments that changed the way they work,” by Matthew Kassel in Columbia Journalism Review: “Rolling Stone’s Stephen Rodrick, senior writer, Rolling Stone[:] … ‘I’ve kept an eye out for the extra detail that might make the story .0001 percent better, but could make someone’s life significantly harder. I’ve never cut out anything that I thought was crucial to a story, but it was a stark reminder that you are writing about actual flesh-and-blood human beings. It is not your responsibility to capture them at their very worst.’” CJR
— “Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory,” by Jeff MacGregor in Smithsonian’s July issue: “An American tale of speed demons, murder and a son’s attempt to complete his father’s unfinished legacy.” Smithsonian
— “How Mosquitoes Changed Everything,” by Brooke Jarvis in The New Yorker: “They slaughtered our ancestors and derailed our history. And they’re not finished with us yet.” The New Yorker
— “Being and drunkenness: how to party like an existentialist,” by Skye C. Cleary in Aeon Magazine — per ALDaily.com’s description: “Ain’t no party like an existentialist party. De Beauvoir smoked joints. Sartre took amphetamines and mescaline. But alcohol was tops.” Aeon
— “The Dream of Open Borders Is Real—in the High Arctic,” by The Nation’s Atossa Araxia Abrahamian in Svalbard, Norway: “In the modern world, the concept of state sovereignty governs how we govern. Its legitimacy is rarely questioned, even though it is a human invention—the setting of borders, the wielding of power, the deciding of who belongs. But in the Arctic, as in any remote place, it’s obvious that we’re not actually in charge.” The Nation
— “My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman,” by NYT’s Andy Newman: “My own 27 hours on a borrowed electric bike, alternately hellbent and ping-starved as I navigated chaotic streets and clattering restaurant kitchens and sleek apartment towers, were an immersion in the paradoxes and perils of a job in which making more than minimum wage requires the physical daring of a bullfighter and the cognitive reflexes of a day trader.” NYT
— “How the state runs business in China,” by Richard McGregor in The Guardian — per TheBrowser.com’s description: “Every large company in China has a Communist Party committee within it, sending reports to the centre and relaying Party instructions. Under Xi Jinping, the overriding purpose of the committee system is to ensure that no business group or person gains enough leverage to challenge the Party’s monopoly on politics. When Jack Ma announced last year that he would step down as Alibaba’s CEO, he may well have done so because his power and popularity were making him more and more of a target.” The Guardian
— “How London Became the Center of the World,” by Laura Parker in NatGeo: “Three decades of growth reinvented the urban landscape in London—and transformed it into the preeminent global city. But amid growing pains and with Brexit looming, can it stay on top?” NatGeo
— “Boar wars: how wild hogs are trashing European cities,” by Bernhard Warner in The Guardian: “They have become a menace in European cities. In Barcelona, where wild boar are jostling tourists and raiding rubbish bins, the fightback has begun.” The Guardian (hat tip: Longreads.com)
— “In James Michener’s Owns Words,” by James Rosen in Eastern Shore Magazine: “The papers from Michener’s cherished time in St. Michael’s … [were] later deposited at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. There, tucked among the A-list invitations and Western Union telegrams, one finds the appreciative note William F. Buckley, Jr. sent, after receiving his copy of Chesapeake, on July 6, 1978: ‘How wonderfully thoughtful of you…I shall take it with me to the Bohemian Grove and be the envy of all mere mortals….As always, Bill.’” Eastern Shore Magazine
— “Why Online Dating Can Feel Like Such an Existential Nightmare,” by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson: “Matchmaking sites have officially surpassed friends and family in the world of dating, injecting modern romance with a dose of radical individualism. Maybe that’s the problem.” The Atlantic (h/t Don Van Natta Jr.’s Sunday Long Read)
— “A Prince’s $500 Billion Desert Dream: Flying Cars, Robot Dinosaurs and a Giant Artificial Moon,” by WSJ’s Justin Scheck, Rory Jones and Summer Said in Sharma, Saudi Arabia: “Saudi Arabia’s crown prince turned to U.S. consultants for help imagining a massive new city-state in a barren section of his kingdom. What emerged was a Jetsons-style world of automation.” WSJ
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SPOTTED: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in the Delta Sky Club Lounge at DCA on Saturday morning with his family. … Valerie Jarrett in front row of first class on an American flight from DCA to Boston on Sunday morning.
SPOTTED at a birthday party for Bob Bennett hosted by his wife Ellen and three daughters at the Chevy Chase Club on Friday night: brother Bill and Elayne Bennett, Tom Hogan, Neil Livingston, Anne Burke, Paul Friedman, Tom Green, David Schertler, Carl Rauh, Michael Olding, John Walsh and Dertad Manguikian.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Andrew Laskar, finance director for End Citizens United, and Emily Brown, a fundraiser for Boys and Girls Club of America and a Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) alum, got married in Portsmouth, N.H. on Saturday afternoon with Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) officiating. The two met on Hassan’s 2012 gubernatorial campaign. Pic
— “Veronica Bautista, Dax Tejera,” via NYT: “Ms. Bautista, 30, works in Washington as a producer for ‘CNN Right Now With Brianna Keilar,’ a daily show. … Mr. Tejera, 34 … works in Washington as the senior producer of ‘This Week With George Stephanopoulos’ on ABC. He graduated from Dartmouth.” With a pic:NYT … Wedding pic
— “Faryl Ury, Benjamin Sacks,” via NYT: “Ms. Ury, 35, is the director of communications working in the San Francisco office of Aurora, a self-driving car technology company based in Palo Alto, Calif. Until 2012, she was the press secretary and new media director for Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire. … Mr. Sacks, 34 … is a manager of strategic initiatives at the ride-sharing company Lyft based in San Francisco.” With a pic: NYT
— OBAMA ALUMNI: “Crosby Burns, Jonathan Herczeg,” via NYT: “Mr. Burns … 32, is to begin working, in September, as a consultant at McKinsey & Company … He was until February, working in Boston as the chief strategy officer for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Technology Services and Security. … Mr. Herczeg, 38, is a senior regulatory counsel at Uber … The couple met in 2012 in Washington, where Mr. Herczeg was serving as an appointee in the Obama administration, working as a liaison at NASA headquarters in the office of the administrator, and Mr. Burns as a senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress.” With a pic: NYT
ENGAGED — Kate Huffman, a legislative assistant for Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), and Chris Gorud, legislative director for Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), got engaged on Friday night.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Michael Strain, director of Economic Policy Studies at AEI, and Carolyne Strain, a high school teacher, welcomed Rose Elizabeth Strain on Sunday, July 28, weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces. Rose has dark blue eyes and joins older brother William. Pic
BIRTHDAYS: former President Barack Obama is 58 … Sheldon Adelson is 86 … Bret Baier is 49 … POLITICO’s Ashley Ryan … FiscalNote’s Randi Braun … WaPo’s Seung Min Kim … former A.G. Alberto Gonzales, now dean of Belmont University law school, is 64 … Tom Rose … Kristine Bucci … Sean Cox … Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is 6-0 … The Hill’s Bob Cusack … Richard Carlbom, founder at United Strategies, is 38 … Fritz Fitzpatrick … Andrei Cherny is 44 … Caren Auchman, SVP and head of LEWIS’ D.C. office … Alex Mallin of ABC … Minnesota A.G. Keith Ellison is 56 … Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) is 49 … Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) is 62 … Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.) is 57 … Andrea Hechavarria … Daniel Moss, columnist at Bloomberg Opinion … WaPo’s Joby Warrick is 59 … Amelia Irvine … CBS’ Katie Watson …
… Washingtonian editor Michael Schaffer is 46 … Sinan Salaheddin Mahmoud … Susan Whitson … Brett Loper, SVP at American Express … Pete Brodnitz … David FitzSimmons … Jordan Maynard of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s office and a Jeb Bush alum (h/t Christina Bain) … Nick Wing, media strategist at the Justice Collaborative, is 32 … Kate Michelman … John Edgell … IMG’s Maura McGreevy … USA Today’s Deirdre Shesgreen … Edelman’s Helen Lapkovsky … former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin is 61 … WaPo deputy Outlook editor Mike Madden is 43 … Wendy Ruderman … Wendy Cohen … CNN’s Greg Krieg … former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is 78 … Daniel Son … Reagan Anderson … Joel Bailey … Jonathan Green … Sam Carmody … former Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) is 62 … Kaci Sturgeon … Derek Dash … Uber’s Hayley Prim … Valerie McCabe … Steve Rudin … Emil Hill … Chad Kolton is 46 … Martha Love … Steve Kean … Lina Brunton … Paige Shipman … Anna Bennett
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