⚡ Breaking ... Jeffrey Epstein was found nearly unconscious in his cell with neck injuries after a possible suicide attempt, the N.Y. Post reports:
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After a sterling career — including the Bronze Star for heroism as a Marine in Vietnam, and a decade as FBI director after 9/11 — Robert Mueller's last turn in the global spotlight will be remembered as a botch.
Several people who have been in D.C. for decades, and have watched Mueller testify before Congress on many occasions, told Axios' Alayna Treene that the Mueller we saw yesterday was far less sharp and impressive than they remember.
Knowing how it might go, Mueller should have refused, despite Dems' insistence. Realistically, they weren't going to lock him up.
Despite the takeaway that Mueller rejected Trump's claim of exoneration, Team Trump savored the former special counsel's halting, faltering performance.
Once again case falls apart. ...
If Mueller didn’t write report, as his disastrous testimony made clear, who did? ...
This is like a Grade B horror movie 🎥 🍿 with Nadler and Schiff the stars. Remember the hand keeps coming up and you have to bat it down 4 or 5 times. It’s getting easier and may become a satirical comedy. ...
Soon it will be The End and credits will appear.
The big picture, from Axios' Jonathan Swan: This was 100% political theater and 0% meaningful new substance.
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This week's big government moves against Big Tech platforms dropped a curtain on the era of hands-off regulatory policy that shaped the firms, writes Axios' Scott Rosenberg, who has been covering the Web since 1994.
Between the lines: These moves — including a Justice Department antitrust probe, and a $5 billion fine for Facebook, which also faces an FTC antitrust probe — result from a rare convergence of bipartisan discontent with Big Tech.
P.S. Wall Street Journal lead: "Facebook Posts Big Earnings, Brushing Off Fine." (subscription)
Puerto Ricans celebrate in Old San Juan after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced he'll resign Aug. 2.
Earlier, protesters demonstrated near a police barricade on a street leading to the governor's mansion.
TIME’s Philip Elliott writes that Joe Biden may be the most fragile frontrunner in a generation: "Biden ... seems determined to do it his way, whatever the cost."
Pete Buttigieg has spent roughly $300,000 on private jet travel this year, more than any other Democrat running for the White House, according to an analysis of campaign finance data by AP's Brian Slodysko.
Why it matters: Flights could come up during next week's Democratic debates. Beto O'Rourke already took an apparent poke at the mayor, per AP:
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) — "U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault in Sweden over his alleged involvement in a street brawl and is to remain in custody pending trial, the Swedish prosecutor’s office said today."
Go deeper ... N.Y. Times: "How We Augmented Our Original Reporting for the 50th Anniversary ... The Times’s Graphics, Science and Immersive Storytelling teams shine a new light on the iconic photography from the first moonwalk."
Moguls, big minds and heads of state will join Michael R. Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies for the third annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum, at New York's Plaza Hotel on Sept. 25, during the UN General Assembly:
OpenTable, the world's biggest online restaurant reservation service, is partnering with three companies — Caviar, GrubHub and Uber Eats — to offer delivery through its app, AP's Dee-Ann Durbin writes.
When OpenTable's updated site launches this week, it will give diners a delivery option for 8,000 restaurants in 90 U.S. cities.
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