☕ Happy Wednesday! Situational awareness: The Justice Department intervened in the defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who says President Trump raped her years ago, "moving the matter to federal court and signaling it wants to make the U.S. government — rather than Trump himself — the defendant," the WashPost reports.
- 🚨As previously signaled, CENTCOM commander in Baghdad announces: "The United States has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during the month of September." (Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson)
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