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Sean Spicer held an off-camera gaggle with reporters (so that picture is clearly not from today), continuing a streak of off-camera press briefings. When asked why no cameras: "I said I might hold fewer on-camera briefings and more off-camera briefings, and I'm following through." Highlights of what we heard:

  • Wiretapping: Spicer refused to name Trump's source on the wiretapping allegations, but acknowledged that Trump is accusing Obama of committing a crime. He said it's appropriate for Congress to investigate the matter, but the White House won't necessarily believe Congress if their investigation finds otherwise; "on a lot of things we don't want to say we're going to accept every single thing they do."
  • Comey: Trump has total confidence in his FBI director even following reports that Comey wanted DOJ to say there was no evidence to back up Trump's wire-tapping claims.
  • Travel ban: "I think we kind of lost the element of surprise back when the court stopped [the ban]" said Spicer, explaining the now 10-day implementation period. He reiterated that the principles of the new order are the same as the initial one, emphasizing that the first order was constitutional. He also noted that the administration can add countries to the list as well as take any off.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 a.m. ET: 6,856,884 — Total deaths: 199,865 — Total recoveries: 2,615,949 — Total tests: 95,841,281Map.
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Texas and Louisiana face fresh flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical Storm Beta slowly approaching the Texas coast on Monday. Photo: National Weather Service/Twitter

Tropical Storm Beta crossed the Texas coast near the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula late Monday, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing with it the risk of "life-threatening storm surge" and flooding to parts of Texas and Louisiana.

What's happening: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made a disaster declaration and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency, as the states began feeling the impact of the slow-moving storm — which was causing coastal flooding along the bays near Houston and Galveston in Texas, and the Gulf of Mexico Monday, per the National Weather Service.

Louisville police declare state of emergency as Breonna Taylor decision looms

A demonstrator holds up a sign of Breonna Taylor during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Louisville police chief declared in a memo obtained by news outlets a "state of emergency" for the department on Monday to prepare for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case.

Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of protests over the police killing of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, with calls for all the officers involved to be charged.

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