Advanced Early Warning: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 15-month-long, highly anticipated report is due to be released in Washington, D.C., sometime today, and we assume that the release will be sooner rather than later. Previous reporting suggested that the 500-page document will be highly critical of former FBI Director James Comey over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, as well as former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for similar mistakes. It may also be critical of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whom Horowitz has reportedly referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution for allegedly lying to investigators.
ALSO: After his meeting earlier this week with Kim Jong-un, President Trump is getting some new respect in North Korean media, which of course is heavily controlled by…Kim and his security state. Trump has been referred to negatively in the North Korean press for months in reports that are replete with name-calling and insults. But now he’s being referred to as “the president of the United States of America,” or “President Donald J. Trump,” and even “supreme leader.” That’s quite a change from “dotard.”
There are no publicly scheduled events for the president today.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea; and Beijing, China, June 14. In order, he will meet with South Korean, Japanese, and Chinese counterparts throughout the day.
At 11:00 a.m., Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will meet with China National People’s Congress Vice Chairman Wang Chen at the State Department. At 2:00 p.m. he will attend the OPIC Board of Directors Meeting at OPIC.
Department of Defense
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis is traveling. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan provides remarks at 11:30 a.m. EDT at the U.S. Army birthday celebration in the Pentagon Center Courtyard. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. has no public or media events on his schedule.
Vice Adm. Dean Peters, commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Air Force Lt. Gen. Lee Levy, commander, Air Force Sustainment Center and Material Command, provide testimony on depot policy and infrastructure concerns at 10 a.m. EDT to the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness.
Aircraft carrier movement/activities:
Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) moved out of the Adriatic Sea and is now in the Mediterranean Sea.
Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is operating in the Western Pacific and is now operating off the coast of Guam.
George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) is sailing off the coast of Virginia.
The Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has returned to port in Norfolk, Va.
A conflict requiring a Carrier Strike Group does not appear imminent.
- 9:30 AM — SD-226
- 10:00 AM — SD-538
- 10:00 AM — SD-419
- 11:00 AM — SD-106
- 2:00 PM — SH-219
(1) Stocks are beating gold by a wide margin and economists expect that trend to continue. Right now, the margin between gold and stocks is the widest its been in 13 years. The ratio of the S&P 500 to gold has touched its highest level since mid-2005, according to an analysis of the popular S&P 500-tracking ETF (SPY) and a gold-tracking ETF (GLD) from Pension Partners. If you recall from a previous Early Warning, some economists are predicting a meteoric rise in the S&P 500 in the coming months. Let me put this in a big-picture context; the direction for gold is ultimately down,” said Gina Sanchez, CEO of Chantico Global.
(2) Due to the red-hot economy, “main street businesses” are having a much harder time finding workers. For the first time in years, there are more jobs than there are potential employees to fill them. Some employers are having to resort to extreme measures, such as turning to jails, in order to find enough people — and still, they are having difficulty. In May, one-third of small-business owners reported job openings they could not fill, and 12 percent reported using temporary workers. One of the biggest complaints from employers is finding quality workers. In fact, that’s been the No. 1 problem now for five months.
There is a “disturbance” over the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico that is steadily moving north but there is a less-than-40 percent chance it will develop into a major storm or hurricane at this time.
Yesterday’s Significant Reporting
“He’s been way too quiet. There are a lot of people who think he’s played too little a role or almost no role in endorsing or fundraising and he’s done jack shit in getting people to donate to the party.” — A longtime Obama bundler complaining about the former president’s lack of involvement in Democratic Party politics after leaving the White House.