Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran is to blame for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Pompeo said that the attacks were unprovoked and “present a clear threat to international peace and security.” U.S. Central Command released video that it says shows an Iranian patrol boat pulling up to one of the tankers after it was struck and removing an unexploded mine from the hull. NY TIMES
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Police in the Dominican Republic, assisted by the FBI, are looking into whether counterfeit booze is to blame for the mysterious deaths of at least seven American tourists, according to the New York Post. Those deaths happened over several months at two popular resorts: the Hard Rock in Punta Cana and the Grand Bahia Principe in La Romana. An eighth American tourist died this week after being swept out to sea in a rip current. NY POST
SARAH SANDERS: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving her post at the end of the month. In a tweet, President Trump said Sanders “has done an incredible job!” and urged her to run for governor of Arkansas. THE HILL
Imagine how bad a job must be for someone that they prefer to go back to Arkansas.
CONWAY: A federal watchdog agency recommended that Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s most trusted and longest-serving advisers, be fired for violating a law that bans federal workers in the executive branch from engaging in political activity. The Office of the Special Counsel (not affiliated with Robert Mueller) said Conway ran afoul by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.” The decision to fire Conway is up to the president. CNN
President Trump gave the first glimpse of the new look for Air Force One, which he says he personally designed. In the second part of his interview with ABC’s George Stephanopolous, Trump showed off a preliminary mockup of the color scheme for the presidential plane, which forgoes the iconic sky-blue paint job for a red, white and blue look. “I’m doing that for other presidents, not for me,” Trump said. SEE IT
Red, white, and blue for an American plane?
There will be a small mass at Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday, the first since a massive fire tore through it two months ago. Hard hats are reportedly expected to be worn by those in attendance. The mass will be televised live on French television. FRANCE 24
Cuba Gooding Jr. has been charged with forcible touching in New York City, after a woman claimed the actor groped her in a bar. Gooding told TMZ he was not guilty, and pleaded not guilty on Thursday. Here is a video of the purported night in question obtained by TMZ: WATCH
Cuba’s lawyers right now:
NBA FINALS: The Toronto Raptors won the team’s — and Canada’s — first NBA championship, defeating a battered Golden State Warriors in six games on the road in Oakland. TORONTO STAR
In a Canadian riot, the mob puts out the fires.
INJURIES: The worst-case scenario for Kevin Durant has come true. The Warriors’ star ruptured his Achilles tendon during Game 5 of the Finals, and is now expected to miss the entirety of next season. Klay Thompson, another Warriors star, tore his left ACL in last night’s game. ESPN
FIFA: Hot off their 13-0 thumping of Thailand, the U.S. women’s team takes on Chile in World Cup action Sunday at noon ET. HOW TO WATCH
Jessica Biel has joined anti-vaxx activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lobby against a California bill that seeks to limit medical exemptions from vaccinations. After getting a lot of backlash, the actress took to Instagram to say she is not against vaccinations, she just thinks families should make the decision that’s right for them. CNN
Taylor Swift dropped a new single overnight called “You Need to Calm Down,” in which the pop star takes aim at her haters on social media and bashes homophobia. Swift also announced an August 23rd release date for her upcoming album, “Lover.” LISTEN
One thing we hate: When people tell us to “calm down.” WE’RE CALM!!!
Despite being the third most-followed person on Instagram, Selena Gomez says she doesn’t even have the app on her phone. The actress and singer has spoken out against social media in the past. On Live with Kelly and Ryan, Gomez said she periodically logs into her account via a friends’ phone to post pics to her 152 million followers. BUSINESS INSIDER
We also store our favorite addictive substances in friends’ homes.