Trump threatens Mexico. President Donald Trump said he would impose a 5-percent tariff on all imports from Mexico next month unless the country cracks down on the flow of illegal immigration coming into the U.S. - https://wapo.st/2MnmxIy

  • Stock futures and the global stock markets slumped on the news - https://cnn.it/2MkYE4u
  • If Trump follows through on his threat to impose tariffs, it could sink Trump's proposed trade deal with Mexico and Canada - https://wapo.st/2MutaZs

Bombshell. New documents show a deceased GOP strategist was a driving factor in the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Thomas Hofeller wrote a study showing adding that question would advantage white, non-Hispanic voters, allowing Republicans to draw political boundaries that would put Democrats at a disadvantage - https://nyti.ms/2MnH0wM


Mueller

  • President Trump admitted on Thursday that Russia helped get him elected in 2016, then walked that admission back shortly afterward - http://bit.ly/2HN2jUh
  • Trump attacked special counsel Robert Mueller as being conflicted because of a personal vendetta against Trump, a claim that has been repeatedly discredited - https://wapo.st/2HLJFMy
  • Attorney General William Barr says special counsel Mueller "could've reached a decision" on whether President Trump obstructed justice - https://cbsn.ws/2HNC5Ry
  • President Trump railed against a growing call for the House to instigate impeachment proceedings against him, calling impeachment "a dirty, filthy, disgusting word" - https://politi.co/2HLJeSq
  • Over 50 House members now say they favor beginning an impeachment inquiry against President Trump - https://nbcnews.to/2HMyP8S

2020

  • Democrats unveil a $90 million super PAC targeting grassroots turnout in seven swing states - https://politi.co/2HLKcOy
  • The Democratic National Committee is demanding that each of their presidential primary debates feature at least one woman moderator - http://bit.ly/2HLhtt7

Nancy Pelosi doesn't want to talk about President Trump anymore. "I'm done with him, in terms of talking about him," she said during a Thursday interview - https://wapo.st/2HN14V4


Boring but important. The U.S. has dropped to third place in the ranking of most competitive economies, falling behind Singapore and Hong Kong - https://cnb.cx/2MnJqeQ


North Korea purge. Kim Jong-un has reportedly executed that country's special envoy to the United States on spying charges following the breakdown of the second summit with President Donald Trump - https://nyti.ms/2Mze999


Media slap fight. The New York Times is warning reporters about appearing on cable news shows that are too ideological, including MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Showhttp://bit.ly/2HLgsRP


Measles cases exploding. There have been more measles cases in the first half of this year than in all of 1992, which was the last massive outbreak - https://nyti.ms/2HMyxyU