Rebecca Ballhaus

Rebecca Ballhaus

White House reporter at @WSJ

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“Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric” by the great @TMannWSJ  @tgryta  is out Tuesday. Order it! And read the WSJ excerpt, which includes the gem: "One employee was told it was time to 'fake and bake.’"

Trump, asked if he wants Americans to judge him by his handling of the pandemic when they vote in November: "This, among other things.”

“I just wish her well,” Trump says of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was arrested earlier this month and charged with facilitating Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sexual exploitation and abuse of minor girls.

Kimberly Guilfoyle flew from Mt. Rushmore back to New York on a private flight after learning she had tested positive for coronavirus. She left more than a half-dozen junior staffers quarantining in Rapid City, SD.

Trump will require Beijing-based Bytedance to sell its ownership in TikTok, the popular video-sharing app that U.S. officials have deemed a national security risk. @KatyStech 

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the circumstances around Eastman Kodak’s announcement of a $765 million government loan to make drugs at its U.S. factories, according to people familiar with the matter.

The New York attorney general has filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA, alleging that insiders illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars from the group through excessive expenses and contracts that benefited relatives or close associates.

Public-health officials estimate more than 100M Americans—including doctors & nurses—should get vaccinated before the general public because of their greater exposure risk. But the CDC estimates there will only be 10M to 20M doses available at first.

Trump tells reporters as he leaves the White House that he is “optimistic” for a vaccine by the Nov. 3 election. Asked if it would help him win the election, he said: “It wouldn’t hurt.”


NEW: The White House wanted the USS John McCain “out of sight” for Trump’s visit to Japan. A tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of the trip, and sailors—who wear caps bearing the ship’s name—were given the day off for Trump’s visit. w @glubold 

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Trump on the number of coronavirus cases, per pool: “If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any.”

Trump arrived 30 minutes late to today’s NATO summit, missed his scheduled meetings with at least two world leaders, prompted the secretary general to call an emergency session, held an impromptu 35-minute news conference, and is now leaving for the airport go fly to London.

Alvin Cole, a black teenager who was shot five times while fleeing police earlier this year, was the third person to be killed by the same police officer in five years in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

A software fix to the Boeing 737 MAX was delayed for months as discussions between regulators and Boeing dragged on—and U.S. officials said the government shutdown halted work on the fix for five weeks.

Trump won’t post WH visitor logs, citing “security risks,” & says move will save taxpayers $70K by 2020. One Mar-a-Lago trip costs $2M+.