Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. ‘We only get one chance to get it right’: Premiers want clarity on pot legalization
“The premiers said a failure to properly deal with questions such as traffic safety, enforcement, taxation of cannabis, and the black market ‘will require an extension of the implementation date.'”
2. Citing Russia Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions
“In a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Sessions’s decision ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel that should not have happened. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Mr. Trump said.”
3. Julie Payette’s vetting for governor general questioned amid ‘disquieting’ revelations
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is refusing to say what he knew — and when he knew it — about a dismissed, non-felony charge against his choice for Governor General.
“Julie Payette is calling the six-year-old incident a case of an “unfounded” allegation for which she was “immediately cleared” without any prosecution.”
– CBC News
4. Instagram is pushing restaurants to be kitschy, colourful, and irresistible to photographers
“Ultimately, restaurants are in the business of making memories, the Old Turk’s Kataria says — and photos are the place where we store them. On Instagram, ‘we basically trade memories of commodities,’ he says, showing off the places we’ve been like so many collected pokémon. Restaurants supply the raw material, and we come in to collect it with a smartphone lens. Kataria is sanguine. ‘We know that ultimately that’s the game that we’re playing.'”
+1: What will service look like under Amazon? – The New York Times Magazine
5. Elon Musk says he has ‘verbal government approval’ for underground NYC-DC hyperloop. We have some questions
Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017