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Sean Spicer said "there's frankly no need for a special prosecutor," during his briefing Monday, noting that the Congressional and Senate committees, as well as the resources cited by acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, are enough. "The process is running completely as it should," he said. Other takeaways:

  • Firing Comey as a selfless act: "The actions that he took, he knew could be detrimental to himself but none of those things mattered because the president had to do the right thing for the American people."
  • On Trump taping WH conversations: MSNBC's Hallie Jackson pressed Spicer repeatedly, but he'd only say that "the president has made his position clear."
  • Global ransomware attack: Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert said as of now, no U.S. federal systems have been affected. Bossert also insisted the attack "was not a tool developed by the NSA to hold ransom data."

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BP's in the red, slashing its dividend and vowing a greener future

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BP posted a $6.7 billion second-quarter loss and cut its dividend in half Tuesday while unveiling accelerated steps to transition its portfolio toward low-carbon sources.

Why it matters: The announcement adds new targets and details to its February vow to become a "net-zero" emissions company by mid-century.

Women-focused non-profit newsrooms surge forward in 2020

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Women are pushing back against the gender imbalance in media by launching their own news nonprofits and focusing on topics many traditional news companies have long ignored.

Why it matters: "The news business is already gendered," says Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO of The 19th*, a new nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of women, politics and policy.

The U.S. is now playing by China's internet rules

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President Trump's crackdown on TikTok suggests that the U.S. government is starting to see the internet more like China does — as a network that countries can and should control within their borders.

The big picture: Today's global internet has split into three zones, according to many observers: The EU's privacy-focused network; China's government-dominated network; and the U.S.-led network dominated by a handful of American companies. TikTok's fate suggests China's model has U.S. fans as well.