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🇦🇺 Breaking ... Australian prime minister ousted in party coup: "Scott Morrison has become Australia's new prime minister after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by party rivals in a bruising leadership contest." (BBC)
When President Trump told "Fox & Friends" that this "whole thing about flipping ... almost ought to be outlawed," he was continuing a long habit of declaring what he thinks laws and the legal system should be, and ignoring what they are.
In Trump's fantasy legal system:
Trump tweets reflect his parallel legal universe:
Trump wants a top law enforcement official — his attorney general — to be far more sympathetic to his views on laws and loyalty, a dynamic that also played out again yesterday:
The consequences: An article at the top of today's WashPost front page — headline: "President undermining legal system, critics fear" — captures the risk:
Be smart ... A source close to Trump said: "The expectation of unwavering loyalty is a core operating principle for Trump."
"The Manhattan district attorney’s office is considering pursuing criminal charges against the Trump Organization and two senior company officials in connection with Michael D. Cohen’s hush money payment to an adult film actress," the N.Y. Times' William Rashbaum reports.
P.S. "The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush-money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump" leading up to the 2016 election, per AP's Jeff Horwitz.
An immigration backlash is putting pressure on governments around the world — not just in the United States, Axios' Zach Basu writes:
Reality check: In fact, migrant arrivals in Europe have dropped significantly since the peak of the crisis in 2015.
What's next: Sweden's election on Sept. 9 will be the next sign of how far the political turmoil has spread.
With Hurricane Lane barreling toward world-famous Waikiki Beach, flood waters run downstream in Hilo on Hawaii's mostly rural Big Island.
Sea level rise may seem like a far-off threat, but real estate markets have already started responding to increased flooding risks by reducing prices of vulnerable homes, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman writes.
Hotspots for flooding and lost value include neighborhoods in Charleston, S.C., and Norfolk, Va..
"In 1980 only one [New York City] borough, Queens, had a life expectancy equal to that of the U.S. as a whole. Now four of the five have longer life expectancies, with the Bronx on track to pass the national average soon," Justin Fox writes for Bloomberg Opinion.
Cover story of today's USA Today Money section: "Would Trump impeachment crash stocks?"
P.S. Michael Cohen sets up a GoFundMe donation page, "the latest sign that Cohen is broke," per AP.
"America’s biggest tech companies are zeroing in on Iran, scrubbing their online networks of fake accounts, videos and social-media posts by the rising cyber adversary aimed at spreading misinformation," The Wall Street Journal's Dustin Volz and Robert McMillan write (subscription):
Be smart: "Iran’s tactics [focus] on advancing its foreign policy interests in ways not as extreme as Russia’s efforts to disrupt U.S. elections."
Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar are among the stars who will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral, which will be held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Aug. 31 (a week from today) per AP:
"A public concert at Chene Park amphitheater is scheduled for Thursday. The Four Tops will be among those performing."
"Plant-based" is replacing "vegan" and "vegetarian" on some foods, as companies fret that the v-words might have unappetizing or polarizing associations, AP Food Industry Writer Candice Choi reports:
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