Trump to meet Kim, Congress to vote on border wall, and other headlines


 Congressional Republicans are struggling to keep their members in line as House Democrats prepare to vote on a resolution officially condemning President Donald Trump's plan to use a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the Southern border.

NEWS: The decline of landline telephones — and the subsequent irrelevance of the phone book — is making it harder for journalists to do their jobs.

SPORTS: The Gonzaga Bulldogs are number one again and Josh Perkins is the team's all-time assist leader.


click to enlarge President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea greet each other before their meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. - DOUG MILLS/THE NEW YORK TIMES
Doug Mills/The New York Times
President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea greet each other before their meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore, June 12, 2018.

Ineffective bromance

President Trump is in Vietnam to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un to discuss denuclearization. While Trump has talked up his seemingly cozy relationship with Kim Jong-Un as evidence that he can secure a effective deal, the two sides are still far apart on what North Korea's denuclearization actually would look like. (New York Times)

Cohen to spill some beans
Michael Cohen, President Trump's former longtime lawyer and fixer, will reportedly layout a litany of allegations against his previous boss in his testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday, including details of efforts to push through a Trump Tower project in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. (New York Times)

Blocked trolls
The U.S. military disrupted internet access for the Internet Research Agency, a notorious Russian company that's closely associated with an oligarch with ties to President Vladimir Putin, during the 2018 midterm elections on the grounds that the entity was trying to interfere in the democratic process, officials say. (Washington Post)

Killed in Hayden
Michael "Topher" Clark, who was involved in a Canadian marijuana smuggling operation during the early 2000s that inspired the film Kid Cannabis, has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting last Sunday outside of the Tipsy Pine, a bar in Hayden, Idaho, where he was a regular. He was reportedly shot multiple times after getting into a fight with another patron. (Spokesman-Review)

Alt-weekly slow death
Seattle Weekly, a long-standing alt-weekly and staple outlet in the Seattle media industry, will run its final print edition this week.  While Sound Publishing (the regional media company that owns the paper) says that it will maintain the legacy outlet's website, it has also laid off the remaining staff writers, meaning that the paper is effectively dead. (Crosscut)