chapter 8

1. G20 summit

There are a ton of story lines coming out of the G20 summit in Germany, but none bigger than today's mano-a-mano showdown between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. How will Trump, a newcomer to politics and diplomacy, fare against the veteran Putin? Will Trump directly chastise him for Russia's interference in last year's elections? (Senate Democrats say he'd better.) Putin's been known to rattle world leaders in one-on-one settings (like the time he brought a dog to a meeting with Angela Merkel, who's scared of them), so it'll be interesting to see if he tries some kind of gambit with Trump.

    Meanwhile, protesters and police have been mixing it up on the streets of Hamburg. Police this morning used water cannons to push out a group of protesters staging a sit-in on a city street. Protesters say they want to make it difficult for world leaders to move about the city.

    2. North Korea

    Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, had a simple response to North Korea's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile: We're not having it. Haley, during a meeting of the UN Security Council, said the United States would do whatever it needed to do -- including possibly using military force -- to stop the North Koreans. She went after China, too, saying its trade with the United States would be in jeopardy if it kept helping Kim Jong Un's regime. US officials said what the North tested Tuesday was a new kind of missile that was capable of hitting Alaska.

    3. Steve Scalise

    There's renewed concern this morning about the health of US Rep. Steve Scalise. He was readmitted to intensive care over worries about infection, and his condition is listed as serious. Scalise, the House majority whip, was critically injured during a shooting last month at the GOP House baseball team's practice. Scalise was shot in his left hip and suffered significant damage to blood vessels, bones and some internal organs.

    4. Voter registration

    Forty-four states have refused to provide certain types of voter information to the Trump administration's election integrity commission, a CNN inquiry to all 50 states found. State leaders and voting boards across the country have responded to the letter with varying degrees of cooperation, from dramatic rejections (Mississippi told the White House inquirers to "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico") to eager willingness to supply information (that is already public). Remember, the Trump administration put together this panel after Trump claimed voter fraud diminished his victory in the 2016 election

    5. Trump to meet Putin

    President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will converse  later today in person on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg. "It is a win-win situation for Putin," said Carnegie Moscow Center political analyst Andrei V. Kolesnikov, as the Kremlin is able to paint Trump as weak if the meetings are unproductive or if Trump agrees to work with Russia on issues like Syria, despite the Ukraine crisis and clear evidence of interference in the 2016 election. Trump, for his part, is going into the meeting with "no specific agenda," his national security adviser has said, although the president tweeted he "will represent our country well and fight for its interests!"

    lindsay vancantfort