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In true Trump fashion, the president took to Twitter today to condemn last night's media reports that his administration has been in close contact with Russian officials, claiming the "fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred."

The targets: Trump called out CNN and the NYTimes, claimed that the stories are an effort to deflect attention from Hillary Clinton's loss, and endorsed Fox & Friends over MSNBC and CNN. He then pivoted to how the leaks are illegally being given out to these "failing" news organizations "like candy" by the intelligence community, suggesting that the leaks are the real problem. He also publicly wondered why more scrutiny wasn't given to Obama when Putin took Crimea from Ukraine.

The puzzler: Trump also thanked Eli Lake, the Bloomberg View columnist, for telling Sean Hannity last night that "The NSA & FBI...should not interfere in our politics...and is [a] 'Very serious situation for USA.'"

It was clear he didn't read Lake's column, which includes this quote:

The point here is that for a White House that has such a casual and opportunistic relationship with the truth, it's strange that Flynn's "lie" to Pence would get him fired. It doesn't add up.

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Tropical Storm Beta was dumping heavy rains over Texas as it churned its way inland overnight, bringing the risk of "life-threatening storm surge" and flooding to parts of the state and Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.

What's happening: The slow-moving storm was causing coastal flooding along areas including the bays near Houston and Galveston in Texas Monday, per the National Weather Service. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made a disaster declaration and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday.

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The Louisville police chief declared in a memo obtained by news outlets a "state of emergency" for the department on Monday to prepare for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case.

Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of protests over the police killing of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, with calls for all the officers involved to be charged.

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