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Steve Bannon has never had a day like it.

The big picture: Over the past 24 hours we've seen a political self-immolation the likes of which are rarely seen:

  1. Trump publicly disowned him; saying on the record that Bannon was a delusional glory hound who, in his White House days, had just one talent: leaking.
  2. Bannon may soon face a costly lawsuit after Trump's lawyers threatened action last night.
  3. The main funders of Breitbart and of Bannon's political activities — the billionaire Mercer family — are distancing themselves from Bannon, The Washington Post is reporting.
  4. Many Breitbart commentators turned on Bannon yesterday — a development that Don Junior gleefully highlighted on Twitter.
  5. Some of Bannon's supporters were exasperated with him yesterday and wished he would've issued a statement distancing himself from Wolff's book. We saw no such statement.

Between the lines: When Bannon is up against the wall he doubles down — same as Trump. Associates say he's unfazed and unapologetic.

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  3. Health: CDC director says over 90% of Americans have not yet been exposed to coronavirus — Supply shortages continue to plague testing.
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Two officers shot in Louisville amid Breonna Taylor protests

Police officers stand guard during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Louisville Metro Police Department said two officers were shot downtown in the Kentucky city late Wednesday, hours after a grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

Details: A police spokesperson told a press briefing a suspect was in custody and that the injuries of both officers were not life-threatening. One officer was "alert and stable" and the other was undergoing surgery, he said.

"Not enough": Protesters react to no murder charges in Breonna Taylor case

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Brett Hankison, one of the Louisville police officers who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March, on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots blindly into neighboring apartments.

Details: Angering protesters, the grand jury did not indict any of the three officers involved in the botched drug raid on homicide or manslaughter charges related to the death of Taylor.

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