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"Morning" Joe Scarborough: "[A]s you look at how Donald Trump has ravaged the Justice Department and the law enforcement arm of the executive branch, it is now up to the United States Senate to actually stand up to a man who sees himself as an authoritarian, an autocrat, a man whose power is not to be questioned."

Historian Michael Beschloss, on "Morning Joe": "Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, and his intention was to shut down that Watergate investigation. ... [T]he only reason that things changed was that members of the Senate — especially members of Nixon's own party, Republicans — said, 'You know, this is not something that shows respect for our institutions and our democracy. This is the way an autocrat behaves, and you cannot have an investigation that's done by your own Justice Department.'

"They demanded a new special prosecutor, and only because of that protest, both in the Senate and the House and by Americans across the country, was Nixon forced to hire a new special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, who was just as tough."

N.Y. Times Quote of the Day: Sen Dick Durbin (D-Ill.): "I think the Comey operation was breathing down the neck of the Trump campaign and their operatives, and this was an effort to slow down the investigation."

NYT rounds up "How the Right and Left Reacted to Comey's Firing."

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: Lebanon's health minister said in televised remarks that more than 50 people have been killed and over 3,000 injured. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years, per NBC.

"Mulan" will head to Disney+, home to more than 60 million subscribers

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Disney announced Tuesday that its most highly-anticipated blockbuster of the year, the live-action remake of "Mulan," is heading to Disney+ on Sept. 4 for consumers to purchase for a premium access fee of $29.99. The movie's theatrical debut had previously been delayed four times.

Why it matters: It's a huge blow to movie exhibitors across the country that were relying on the Disney hit to come exclusively to theaters for at least a few months before being made available to consumers at home via streaming.