ANOTHER OPTION OPEN?
President Trump is open to a repeal-option if Republicans cannot reach an agreement over the July 4 recent, a White House aide said Sunday. Marc Short, the White House’s legislative director, said on “Fox News Sunday” Trump was making weekend calls and believed senators were “getting close” on passing a bill. However, Trump also believes that a repeal-only legislation should also be considered, something that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has completely dismissed.
WHITE HOUSE BATTLES BACKLASH AFTER TRUMP TWEET
President Trump kept up his Twitter barrage against the mainstream media Sunday, saying that the "dishonest media will NEVER keep us from accomplishing our objectives" hours after he tweeted a mock video that shows him pummeling a man in a business suit whose face was obscured by the CNN logo. It was not immediately clear who produced the 28-second video, which appears to be a doctored version of Trump's 2007 appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. The president in the past has branded the media as "the opposition party" and "the enemy of the American people." He has taken particular aim at CNN, calling the network "fake news."
SUSPECT IN CHINESE SCHOLAR’S KIDNAPPING ARRESTED
Brendt Allen Christensen was arrested in the kidnapping of Yingying Zhang, a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois, on Friday. Authorities said Christensen used his phone in the months leading up to the June abduction to research abduction fantasies, including a thread titled “Abduction 101” and “planning a kidnapping.” Christensen was arrested after agents monitoring him heard him tell someone he had kidnapping Zhang and held her against her will. Authorities said he kidnapped Zhang during the day as she headed to sign a lease for an apartment. Authorities believe Zhang is dead, but a body has not been recovered.
US WANTS FOREIGN AIRPORTS TO INSALL EXPLOSIVES SCANNERS IN THREE WEEKS
The 280 airports that send direct flights to the U.S. must have explosives-detecting scanners within 21 days, one step the Department of Homeland Security has mandated to avoid a broader ban on laptops aboard flights. U.S. officials are giving 180 affected domestic and international airlines four months to make other security enhancements including more intensive passenger screening and monitoring of planes on the ground, according to a memo the International Air Transport Association sent to its member carriers after the DHS announced new security measures on Wednesday.
VATICAN SHAKEUP – BEHIND THE SWEET SMILE, POPE FRANCIS FLEXES HIS MUSCLE
There are two ways of looking at the Roman Catholic Church under the rule of Pope Francis: an increasingly tolerant, inclusive, mercy-based charity, or a spectator blood-sport between ideological rivals who will reconcile their differences. Under the second scenario, Francis just scored what might be a knockout punch. (Click here to read more)
COMING UP ON FNC
9:00 a.m. ET: Marc Lotter, Vice President Pence’s press secretary, will join “America’s Newsroom.”
10:37 p.m. ET: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Watch live on FoxNews.com
Illinois House passes $5 billion tax package (Click for more)
Investors see overseas equities outshining U.S. (Click for more)
Oscar Mayer may have found a way to make hot dogs “healthier” (Click for more)
COMING UP ON FBN
Barry Anderson, the former acting director of the OMB, and Phil Grucci, of Grucci Fireworks, will join “Mornings with Maria” beginning at 6 a.m. ET