The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Merger Moves

By Taylor Hosking

-Written by Lena Felton (@lenakfelton) and Taylor Hosking (@Taylor__Hosking)

Today in 5 Lines

  • After a historic one-on-one meeting, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a joint agreement committing to pursue the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but did not provide a timetable for doing so. Trump also held a press conference where he announced that the U.S. and South Korea would suspend their joint military exercises as part of the negotiations.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the summit a “historic first step in an important negotiation,” but added that “if North Korea does not prove willing to follow through, we and our allies must be prepared to restore the policy of maximum pressure.”

  • A federal judge approved AT&T’s proposed $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. The transaction will close on or before June 20, according to AT&T’s lead lawyer.

  • A group of GOP lawmakers have until the end of the day to produce three more signatures to force an immigration vote on June 25.

  • White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow remains in the hospital following a heart attack Monday night.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Kim Jong Un’s Propaganda Victory: The image that North Korea’s leader projected in Singapore—taking selfies with local leaders, sightseeing, and waving to onlookers—was a stark contrast to the one he was known for just a year ago. (Krishnadev Calamur)

  • What Did the U.S. Gain From the North Korea Summit? Nearly nothing. But maybe it’s the start of something, writes Uri Friedman.
  • Biting Nails: A week after the election, San Francisco still doesn’t know who its mayor will be, and that may be due in part to its ranked-choice voting system. (Russell Berman)

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