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What's new: Trump campaign officials and sources close to the president tell Axios that they believe Democrats' extraordinary charge that the president is a "white supremacist" will actually help him win in 2020, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
At least six Democratic presidential contenders have called President Trump a white supremacist, and several others are suggesting the same.
The state of play: Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Beto O'Rourke and Pete Buttigieg, have all publicly called the president a white supremacist since Saturday's El Paso massacre.
P.S. "Feeling smug" ... In a story on Trump's "summer storms" as he leaves today for his annual August holiday at his New Jersey golf club, AP's Jonathan Lemire quotes former aide Anthony Scaramucci as saying Trump is "feeling smug":
Although post-tragedy talk about gun control always fizzles, both parties look set to re-examine long-time positions when Congress returns in September:
Billionaire New York real estate developer Stephen Ross privately expressed qualms about going ahead with his Hamptons fundraiser for President Trump today, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.
Ross describes himself as a "champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability."
The big picture: Trump is so toxic to blue-state-favorite brands that their CEOs often try to stiff-arm him.
Ross responded to the criticism in a statement Wednesday, saying he has always been "an active participant in the democratic process," per CNBC:
Mississippi residents rallied around terrified children left with no parents and migrants locked themselves in their homes for fear of being arrested yesterday, a day after the country's largest immigration raid in a decade, AP reports.
"The children are scared," said Ronaldo Tomas, speaking in Spanish, who said his cousin with two children was detained in one of the raids.
Homeowners are rushing to refinance their mortgages after tumbling yields on Treasury bonds pushed the 30-year, fixed mortgage rate to 3.6% — down from 5% in November, writes The Wall Street Journal (subscription).
Venezuela, Uruguay and Japan issued traveler warnings about U.S. gun violence after this weekend's massacres, AP reports.
"Uber shares dropped as much as 12% after the company delivered disappointing second-quarter results" yesterday with net losses of $5.24 billion, ultimately finishing down around 4%, per CNBC.
Honda is set to become the official automaker of one of North America's biggest esports leagues in an attempt "to meet young consumers on their own terms," reports Bloomberg's Eben Novy-Williams.
As 2020 hopefuls descend on the Iowa State Fair, they're expected to grab a bite to eat. Joe Biden went straight for the ice cream yesterday, but there are 50 new foods — "from sweet to salty, to strange and tasty" — out there to try:
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