Frightening. The New York Times digs into how the screed posted online by the man who confessed to killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso echoed extreme anti-immigrant language used by Fox News and other conservative media [NYT].


Gun debate. Lawmakers are pushing for Congress to pass gun control measures in the aftermath of slaughters in Texas, Ohio and California. But, that's easier said than done [The Hill].


Jeffrey Epstein aftermath. The financier and sex offender committed suicide on Saturday morning while in federal custody. Corrections officers reportedly had not checked on Epstein "for several hours" before he was found hanging in his cell [WaPo].

  • Guards at the understaffed jail were working "extreme overtime" the morning of Epstein's death [AP].
  • President Donald Trump promoted a baseless conspiracy theory that implicated the Clinton's in Epstein's death on his Twitter account over the weekend [CNN].

Hong Kong. Protesters brought the Hong Kong airport to a standstill on Monday. The airport is one of the busiest in the world [Bloomberg].


2020

  • Democratic candidates hit Iowa over the weekend to make their pitch to potential caucus-goers [AP]. 
  • The Democratic field is scrambling to qualify for the September debate ahead of the deadline to meet polling and fundraising benchmarks ahead of a late-August deadline. So far, nine candidates have seemingly reached the threshold for inclusion [The Hill].
  • Democrats are starting to panic that the field of 20+ candidates has not begun to shrink [Daily Beast].
  • The Joe Biden gaffe machine returns. Biden misdated the Parkland shooting, claiming he was vice president when the attack happened [Bloomberg].
  • Biden is still the frontrunner in the Democratic pack, but rivals say he's showing vulnerability [AP].
  • Texas Republicans are fearful they're going to get hammered at the polls next year after several high-profile retirements and a changing electorate [Politico].

Israel. President Trump reportedly told his advisers that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should use that country's anti-boycott law to bar Democratic Rep.s Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country [Axios].


North Korea. President Trump said over the weekend he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un soon. Trump added Kim apologized for a flurry of short-range missile tests that rattled U.S. allies in the region [AP].


China. American farmers are supportive of President Trump's trade war with China even though the tariffs are having a detrimental effect on their businesses [NBC News].


Russia. American intelligence officials believe a mysterious explosion that released a cloud of radiation in Northern Russia last week was caused by an accident during the test of a new type of nuclear missile. Russian officials claim a small nuclear reactor explosion is responsible for the incident [NYT].


The Mooch! Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci engaged in a war of words with President Donald Trump over the weekend. On Sunday, Scaramucci said Republicans might need to replace Trump on the ballot next year if the chaos and controversies enveloping his presidency continue [Axios].

  • Scaramucci blasted Trump saying he will "eventually" turn on everyone surrounding him, then the "entire country" [CNN].

Whoa! The Waltons, the family behind Walmart, gets $4 million richer every single hour. The 25 wealthiest families on the planet control $1.4 trillion [Bloomberg].


Movie news. Universal Pictures cancels the release of "The Hunt" movie after backlash. The film featured a group of "elites" hunting Trump supporters for sport [CNN].