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Diplomatic Setbacks: North Korea suspended talks with South Korea and threatened to cancel Kim Jong Un’s upcoming meeting with President Trump over an annual air-force drill by the U.S. and South Korean militaries. These developments call the recent progress toward denuclearizing North Korea into question—and illustrate the danger of what Uri Friedman calls “the international game of telephone” around Kim’s goals.

Payment Confirmed: A financial disclosure form released on Wednesday by the Office of Government Ethics confirms that Trump made a six-figure payment to Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer and fixer, in 2016—apparently to reimburse Cohen for his $130,000 payment to the adult-film star Stormy Daniels. David Graham breaks down what the disclosure reveals, and the new questions it raises.

America’s New Aristocracy: The group at the top of the U.S. food chain might not be just the wealthiest 1 percent—as Matthew Stewart argues in our June cover story, it’s actually more like 9.9 percent of the population. But members of that group, which Stewart calls a meritocratic aristocracy, “are the principal accomplices in a process that is slowly strangling the economy, destabilizing American politics, and eroding democracy.” Here’s how.

—Rosa Inocencio Smith

SnapshotIt’s been a year since Special Counsel Robert Mueller (pictured above in a photo illustration by The Atlantic’s art team) began his investigation into Russian election interference. Since then, new findings in the far-reaching probe have accumulated at what legal experts call a breakneck pace. Here’s a rundown of the most important revelations.Evening Read

Rossalyn Warren tells the story of Maria Teresa Giglio’s fight to rid the internet of the viral sex tape that led her daughter, Tiziana, to kill herself:

Maria’s continued battle brings Tiziana’s case into the grayest and most challenging forefront of the ongoing discussion about the right to be …read more

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