⚡ Breaking: Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan admits on "Meet the Press," when asked by Chuck Todd about the timing of the Mississippi ICE raids, given the country's emotions after El Paso: "The timing was unfortunate."
🐻 Who knew that Smokey Bear is the Oxford comma of cartoon mascots?
Continuing a parade of slips and gaffes, Joe Biden yesterday told reporters in Iowa that he was vice president during the massacre in Parkland, Fla., which happened more than a year after he left office:
Why it matters: Biden called himself a "gaffe machine" eight months ago, and his slips have long been part of his persona. But he's 76 — three years older than President Trump.
Biden allies point out that since he's always been this way, it's not a sign of aging.
Just in the past two weeks:
The bottom line: Trump, who revels in defining an opponent's weakness (see Marco Rubio and the water), asked in a tweet last evening: "Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president?"
Biden's retort, from December, during a book-tour stop at the University of Montana: "I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can't tell the truth."
"Final evasion," a WashPost headline calls it.
Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide yesterday in a Manhattan federal jail "left accusers around the globe shocked and angered that they would never see him face a full reckoning," the N.Y. Times' Mike Baker writes.
The latest: Epstein, 66, had been placed on suicide watch after he was found a little over two weeks ago with bruising on his neck. But he was taken off the watch at the end of July and therefore wasn't on it at the time of his death, AP reports.
What's next: "Several accusers ... said they hoped that authorities would continue their investigation, focusing on other people in Mr. Epstein’s circle who they said had helped recruit, train and coerce his victims," the Times reports.
Tech companies comprise more than a quarter of the value of America’s stock markets, the Economist reports:
Why it matters: "Compared with the dotcom bubble, the ... prevailing concern is not that tech firms are too flimsy to justify their valuations, but that their position is too powerful."
An overcrowded train approaches a station in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, to carry passengers to celebrate the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice.
WashPost graphics reporter Bonnie Berkowitz writes:
The oldest person on the list is Louise De Kler, who at 98 still took her boombox to the rec room of her North Carolina nursing home to play pool with "the young guys," her daughter told the Associated Press. She was gunned down at the home in 2009 by a man looking to kill his ex-wife.
The youngest is 8-month-old Carlos Reyes, who was killed at a McDonald’s in [San Ysidro] California in 1984. He was buried in a casket with his mother, who shielded him as she lay dying but couldn’t quite shield him enough.
A new mural on the Tijuana, Mexico, side of the border wall shows Dreamers who came to the U.S. as children and were deported as adults, AP reports.
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