Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. ‘Maybe it wasn’t tough enough?’
“President Trump refused to back down on Thursday from his provocative threat to rain down ‘fire and fury’ on North Korea if it endangers the United States, despite bipartisan criticism — and he argued that perhaps he was not harsh enough.
“‘Frankly the people that were questioning that statement, was it too tough? Maybe it wasn’t tough enough,” he told reporters. ‘They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, many years. It’s about time that somebody st’uck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.'”
+1: Half of Republicans back postponing 2020 election if Trump proposed it – Washington Post
+1: With bank subpoenas, Mueller turns up the heat on Paul Manafort – Bloomberg
2. B.C. looks to join Trans Mountain pipeline lawsuit
“The British Columbia government wants to join the legal fight against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline as it warned the company behind the project that it cannot begin work on public land until it gets final approval from the province.
“The province’s NDP government has hired former judge Thomas Berger to provide legal advice to the government as it seeks intervenor status in legal challenges against the federal government’s approval of the pipeline expansion.”
3. Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall is retiring from politics
“Wall, who has led the province since November, 2007, and was re-elected just last year, has long been one of Canada’s most popular premiers. However, this year his approval ratings have dipped slightly.
“He has positioned himself as a defender of Canada’s oil and natural gas industry, and has been a thorn in the side of the federal Liberal government as the most vocal provincial opponent of the plan for a country-wide carbon tax.”
4. The radical plan to cool down L.A. as the world heats up
“This is what the city of Los Angeles is calling ‘cool pavement’ — whitening blocks in each of LA’s 15 council districts to see how changing the color of streets can bring down the overall temperature. The street conversions started in May, and the results so far are promising, with officials recording average temperature drops of at least 10 degrees on the pavement itself.”
5. ‘We sent Alex Jones’ Infowars supplements to the lab. Here are the results’
“Alex Jones’ wildly popular suite of Infowars supplements probably won’t kill you, but extensive tests provided to BuzzFeed News have shown that they’re little more than overpriced and ineffective blends of vitamins and minerals that have been sold in stores for ages.”