The Embassy Opening Didn't Exactly Go Smoothly: At least 50 people have been killed, and a controversial pastor gave the prayer

Monday, May 14, 2018
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump unveil an inauguration plaque during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Monday. Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

The Embassy Opening Didn't Exactly Go Smoothly: At least 50 people have been killed, and a controversial pastor gave the prayer

Nothing Against Uber Drivers But Wut?:  HUD's chief of staff was driving Uber months ago

Our Daily Melania: The name "Melania" has become more popular since she became FLOTUS

Kate Bennett

What the White House is Talking About:
President Trump made brief remarks about the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem earlier today. He has nothing else on his public schedule. 

What the White House Press Corps is Talking About:
"White House Leakers Leak About Leaking," Jonathan Swan's story for Axios which dropped last night. In it, a bunch of leakers talk about how they provide information to reporters without getting caught. 

Jared Kushner Speaks:
Kushner doesn't often do public speaking, but today at the embassy unveiling, he spoke for several minutes, mostly about the importance of Jerusalem, and how people must remain peaceful and live in harmony. Meanwhile, 50 people were killed in protests in Gaza, leading up to and during the opening ceremony. 

(Sartorial Aside):
Is it me, or was Kushner today wearing the skinnier, hipster version of his father-in-law's ubiquitous dark-suit-red-tie ensemble? 
Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images, Scott Olson/Getty Images 

Nothing Against Uber Drivers But Wut?:
I'm sorry but this Rene Marsh exclusive is an amazing read. Andrew Hughes is now chief of staff to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, but just months ago he was a coordinator-level worker for the Unversity of Texas System and an Uber driver. His rise up the ranks is compelling in and of itself, but this story is also interesting for what it reveals about HUD and staffing issues.  

The Best Mother's Day Post from The Trump Kids:
Per usual, Ivana Trump skiing in a silver outfit is tough to beat. This is the pic Ivanka posted about her mother yesterday: 
Credit: @ivankatrump/Twitter

Our Daily Melania:
The name "Melania" has made a bit of a jump in popularity since Melania Trump has become first lady. According to the Social Security Administration, in 2016 it was ranked at 1,650th place for girls' names, but in 2017 it is up to 930th place. The most popular girls' name, in case you're wondering, is "Emma." For boys, it's "Liam." 

Bedtime Buddies:
Make time for this Olivia Nuzzi New York magazine piece about the relationship between Trump and Sean Hannity -- mainly because it reveals a lot of details about Hannity and how he lives. It's interesting, and his influence on the president is meaningful in this news cycle. 

New Yorker Cover Is Good: 
Per usual. The May 21 issue of The New Yorker magazine has a solid cover of Trump sitting in the middle of the swamp, by artist John Cuneos

Hunter Schwarz

What Washington is Talking About:
New Supreme Court opinions are out today, including one on sports betting, and the actual Black Panther spoke at Howard commencement Saturday.

What America is Talking About:
The CDC says a salmonella outbreak that lead to a recall of more than 206 million eggs has effected at least 35 people in nine states.

Poll of the Day:
Americans are split on whether they approve of President Trump's handling of Israel, with 43% disapproving and 41% approving, according to a CBS News poll.
Credit: CBS

Controversial Pastor Prays at Embassy Opening:
Robert Jeffress, who's said that Mormonism and Islam come "from the pit of hell," that Catholicism proves "the genius of Satan," and that Christians shouldn't support Mitt Romney because of his Mormonism but supporting Trump despite his alleged adulterous affairs is fine, gave an invocation at the ceremony today. Romney wasn't having it:
Credit: @MittRomney/Twitter

It's the Deadliest Day in Gaza Since 2014 War:
That's according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Protests against the new U.S. embassy along the Gaza border were juxtaposed with the embassy opening ceremony all morning across cable TV. In addition, to the at least 50 people killed, more than 1,600 have been injured.
Credit: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook Has Suspended About 200 Apps :
The company announced today that as a part of its review of apps' access to user data following the Cambridge Analytica scandal it has suspended about 200 apps and is looking into whether they misused data.

Palin Calls McCain's VP Regrets a "Gut Punch":
In case you missed it, Sarah Palin told NBC re: John McCain saying he regrets not picking Joe Lieberman as his 2008 running mate that it hurt. She said:

"I don't lie, so I'll tell you -- a bit. You know, I think I described it earlier as a gut punch. But again, I'm going to choose to look back on the good times that we did have together."

Fire and Fury:
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted this photo of him looking at "Fire and Fury" three days after Trump announced the US would pull out of the Iran Deal. There were more than 30 foreign rights deals for Michael Wolff's book as of January, according to Publishing Perspectives.
Credit: @khamenei_ir/Instagram

Israeli Soccer Team Renames Itself After Trump:
The club Beitar Jerusalem announced it will rename itself to Beitar Trump Jerusalem to commemorate him moving the embassy. The club said in a statement:

"For 70 years Jerusalem has been awaiting international recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."

Street Art Sighting:
Banners have gone up on walls and on street posts in Jerusalem celebrating the relocation of the American embassy there.  Some of them say "Trump is a Friend of Zion," others say "Trump Make Israel Great," and they're from Friends of Zion, or FOZ, a museum that said it will honor Trump with an exhibit for his decision to move the embassy.
Credit: Kyodo News via Getty Images

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

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