We Could Kinda See This Coming, Right?: Pete Souza is doing a book called "SHADE"

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
President Trump delivers remarks during the Susan B. Anthony List gala at the National Building Museum Tuesday. Credit: Oliver Contreras/Pool/Getty Images

We Could Kinda See This Coming, Right?: Pete Souza is doing a book called "SHADE"

Trump is a Tomi Fan: He tweeted support for her after she had a drink thrown on her

WeHo is Giving Stormy Daniels a Key to the City: It's Stormy Daniels Day in West Hollywood

Kate Bennett

What the White House is Talking About:
President Trump heads to New York today, first to Long Island for a roundtable discussion on immigration, then later to a Manhattan fundraising dinner. 

What the White House Press Corps is Talking About:
The Mark Leibovich feature in the New York Times profiling the White House press shop, with a particular focus on Hogan Gidley. It's titled "The Risky Business of Speaking for President Trump," and while the overarching story asks whether speaking on behalf of this President is beneficial -- or harmful -- in the longterm, Leibovich drops in lots of color when discussing Gidley. There's also important insight into how the West Wing comms office offers up its information, and how it feels about the media (re: fake news). It is worth your time to read, however you feel politically. Here's the opening art: 
Credit: Photo illustration by Christian Northeast/photos from Getty Images; nytimes.com

What the President is Talking About:
Credit: @realDonaldTrump/Twitter

President's Lawyers Want to Narrow Focus:
Trump's lawyers want to control the topics, or at least try to control the topics, that special counsel Robert Mueller intends to ask the President if and when he is interviewed. They only want Mueller and his team to focus on events prior to Trump taking office. 

So North Korea Might Not be Happening Now:
Trump made it clear yesterday that the Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un might not happen. "There's a very substantial chance that it won't work out," Trump said in the Oval Office, seated next to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "That doesn't mean that it won't work out over a period of time, but it may not work out for June 12." 

We Could Kinda See This Coming, Right?:
Former chief White House photographer Pete Souza this morning announced he has a second book coming out, titled, "SHADE: A Tale of Two Presidents." Souza has of course gained internet fame since Trump became president by posting pics on his Instagram page that depict Barack Obama handling similar situations as Trump is handling, but in a very different way. In other words, Souza has become a master at throwing shade. For example, here's Souza's take on last week's headlines about all the leaks coming out of the West Wing. 
Credit: @petesouza/Instagram

Souza says his thoughts about Trump aren't politically motivated by partisanship, it's just that he's a "concerned" American citizen. But here's how he justifies his impetus to create the book: "Like many of you, I have been distressed by the barrage of lies and hateful comments emanating from the current administration on a daily basis. We have a president who clearly does not understand democracy and the rule of law. To him, a critical news story is fake news, and our intelligence agencies are all corrupt. His presidency has become a reality game show, with his primal need to achieve ratings and wins–for himself. He does not respect women, minorities and immigrants."

Dress Like the Duchess of Sussex:
The former Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, made her debut as a married woman yesterday in England at a birthday garden party for Prince Charles. She did so wearing the blush pink "Flavia" dress by British label Goat, shoes by Tamara Mellon and saucer hat by milliner Philip Treacy. The dress, which was on sale for $450, marked down from $770, has totally sold out in the pink color, but you can still buy it here in black.
Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images, farfetch.com

Philip Treacy hats like the one Meghan wore typically retail for around $2,000-3,000. Here's a similar style from Treacy's spring/summer collection, available here on the Treacy website. 
Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images, philiptreacy.co.uk

Hunter Schwarz

What Washington is Talking About:
Whether or not Paul Ryan's job as House Speaker is in jeopardy. Also, a group of House Repubs want a new special counsel to investigate the special counsel, the Senate has reached an agreement on sexual harassment legislation, and a bill loosening bank regulations is heading to President Trump's desk.

What America is Talking About:
That video of the two howling lynx in Canada.

Poll of the Day:
America's getting gayer. A Gallup poll out today found the percentage of American adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender has risen every year since they began tracking in 2012 and now stands at 4.5%. If this trend continues at the same rate, everyone in America should be gay by about 2494.
Credit: Gallup

Gallup also found the percentage of American adults who support same-sex marriage has reached a new high of 67%.
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Dems in Georgia Just Nominated the First Major-Party Black Woman Gubernatorial Candidate›:
Stacey Abrams, the Georgia House minority leader and romance novelist, won the Dem primary last night for governor. She'll face the winner of the Repubs' June runoff, and should she win, she would be the first African-American female governor in the United States. Georgia hasn't elected a Dem to a major statewide office since 2006, but Abrams told CNN this morning she thinks she can win. "I think that we are a blue state," she said. "We're just a little confused. We haven't had candidates who have done the work of really lifting up the voice."
Credit: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Twitter is Rolling Out Candidate Labels:
They give blue checkmarks out to anyone these days. But not everyone will be able to get Twitter's new candidate label. The company announced today that some candidates for governor, the US House and the US Senate will begin to receive "candidate labels" that show a government building icon alongside the candidates' state and the office for which they're running. 
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The Royal Wedding Bishop is Protesting Outside the White House Tomorrow:
Michael Curry, the Episcopal African-American bishop who spoke about love and quoted MLK at the royal wedding, will be at a vigil and protest outside the White House Thursday. "This weekend I spoke about the way of love. As elders, we view bringing the Reclaiming Jesus declaration to the public square as a tangible example of how to live out that way of love," he said.

Trump is a Tomi Fan:
Trump tweeted his support for Tomi Lahren this morning, calling her "truly outstanding" and a "respected young woman." The tweet came after she talked about getting a drink thrown at her while at brunch in Minneapolis on "Fox & Friends." Kathy Griffin came to Lahren's defense.

WeHo is Giving Stormy Daniels a Key to the City:
Today is Stormy Daniels Day in WeHo. The city of West Hollywood, California, is honoring Daniels with a key to the city at 4 p.m. PT at  ChiChi LaRue, an adult bookstore on Santa Monica Blvd.
Credit: @WeHoCity/Twitter

It Appears Jon McEntee is Hanging with Tiffany Trump:
Tiffany Trump posted a series of photos and videos on her Instagram story that appear to show her with Jon McEntee, a former White House staffer who was under investigation by DHS for financial crimes and then fired, at HalfSmoke, a DC restaurant that gives you your bill in Disney VHS cases and menus in Lisa Franks folders. Here they are using the bunny filter.
Credit: @TiffanyTrump/Instagram story

Street Art Sighting:
I'll be off through Tuesday for the holiday weekend, so in honor of Memorial Day, today's Street Art Sighting is a mural of service members and the Statue of Liberty. It was spotted on the side of the Michael L. Boulanger building at 807 W Market St. in Louisville, Kentucky, last August by Sher BonDurant. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Credit: @sherlovesstreetart/Instagram

If you spot political street art, tweet me @hunterschwarz, tag me on Instagram @hunterschwarz, or email me at coverlinehunter@cnn.com with your sighting so I can feature it in COVER/LINE.

I'm heading out for the weekend but will need something to spin. Send me your best summer playlists or podcast episode suggestions to me at coverlinehunter@cnn.com and I'll see you next week. Schwarz out.
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