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Trump said his firing of FBI Director James Comey didn't affect his meeting with the Russians this morning, adding his first non-Twitter comments on the Comey firing:

He wasn't doing a good job. Very simply. He was not doing a good job.

The meeting: After the Kremlin released photos of Trump meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office, the White House press pool was hastily ushered into the Oval to see Trump meeting with…Henry Kissinger. That's when he made the above Comey comment.

And Pence chimed in on Comey on Capitol Hill: "This was the right decision at the right time."

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The debut of "Hamilton" on Disney+ last Friday sent downloads of the app soaring over the weekend.

Why it matters: With theaters closed until 2021, "Hamilton" is the biggest litmus test for whether Broadway will ever be able to successfully transition some of its iconic hits.

Wall Street is no longer betting on Trump

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Betting markets have turned decisively toward an expected victory for Joe Biden in November — and asset managers at major investment banks are preparing for not only a Biden win, but potentially a Democratic sweep of the Senate and House too.

Why it matters: Wall Street had its chips on a Trump win until recently — even in the midst of the coronavirus-induced recession and Biden's rise in the polls.

With new security law, China outlaws global activism

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The draconian security law that Beijing forced upon Hong Kong last week contains an article making it illegal for anyone in the world to promote democratic reform for Hong Kong.

Why it matters: China has long sought to crush organized dissent abroad through quiet threats and coercion. Now it has codified that practice into law — potentially forcing people and companies around the world to choose between speaking freely and ever stepping foot in Hong Kong again.