Trump holds up the card of Navajo Code Talker Thomas Begay (center) in the Oval Office yesterday. Photo: Susan Walsh / AP

Sometimes you don't need a lede. Ya just let the reality speak for itself:

  • President Trump refers to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas" at a celebration of Native American war heroes. Read this one twice, folks.
  • She goes on MSNBC (twice) to call it a "racial slur," and say he can't "shut me up."
  • The President of the United States proposes a Fake News pageant: "We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite president (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!"
  • Two people claimed to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney showed up carrying a shopping bag from Dunkin' Donuts, and his staff posted pictures of him at work. Leandra English, "the agency's other acting director, sent an all-staff email." (Updated)
  • The legal and political fight continues into the wee hours. At 12:10 a.m., the Justice Department emailed us: "Filing in CFPB case."
  • Trump attacks CNN International.
  • Wolf Blitzer vows: "[W]e will never bend or break."

Sound smart: What a dumb waste of another day. I'm sure Day 313 will be better.

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