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1. ‘SEND HER BACK’

President Trump has disavowed the “send her back!” chant against Rep. Ilhan Omar that broke out amid the crowd at his rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night. It led to broad calls of condemnation and private warnings from Congressional Republicans to the White House that the rhetoric needs to be toned down. The president said he “was not happy” with the chant and tried to cut it off, though video of the event contradicts that. WASH POST

     

2. IRAN TENSIONS

President Trump said that a U.S. Navy ship “destroyed” an Iranian drone after the drone ignored warnings to back off in the Strait of Hormuz. It’s unclear if the drone was armed. Iran has responded, with an official tweeting that the country has “not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz, nor anywhere else” and suggesting that the U.S. shot down its own drone “by mistake.”  Meanwhile, Iranian state T.V. reported that the country’s military had seized a foreign oil tanker it claimed was smuggling fuel. CBS NEWS

Happy Friday!

     

3. HEAT WAVE

A potent mix of heat, humidity and stagnant air has enveloped more than half of the continental U.S., and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Heat advisories and warnings are in effect for 154 million people. The heat index — how hot it feels — will hit 110 degrees in the Midwest over the weekend. The East Coast will be spared the hottest temperatures, but barely. Washington, Philly, New York and Boston are all forecast to see heat indexes over 100 before Monday. HEAT MAP

Us just thinking about going outside…

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4. EPSTEIN UPDATE

Jeffrey Epstein will remain behind bars after a judge denied him bail. At “the heart” of the judge’s decision: the potential dangers the financier poses to the community and his flight risk. The financier is accused of abusing underage girls. His lawyers had argued for home detention as he awaits trial. CBS NEWS

     

5. 9/11

VICTIM ID: Another victim of the 9/11 attacks, a woman, has been identified. She is the 1,644th victim to be identified; 1,109 remain unidentified. Her name is not being released per her family’s wishes. Her identification comes the same week the FDNY announced the death of member Richard Driscoll from a 9/11-related illness. He is the 200th New York firefighter to die from an illness related to working in the toxic rubble. NBC NY


VCF: The Senate is poised to vote on renewing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund after two senators who held up the vote, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, agreed to vote next week, as long as their amendments are considered. Paul originally objected to renewing the fund because it added to the deficit. DAILY NEWS

     

6. MOON LANDING

AS IT HAPPENED: Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The Twitter handle @apollo_50th, unaffiliated with NASA, is live-tweeting the mission in real time: FOLLOW HERE


MOMENT IN TIME: The New York Times compiled mesmerizing photos of people watching the landing — an event that, at the time, made up the single largest television audience in history. SEE PICS

     

7. BRITISH OPEN

Hometown favorite Rory McIlroy had about as bad a first day as possible at the British Open, finishing with a quadruple bogey on the first hole after hitting a fan in the stomach with his tee shot and breaking her cell phone. Tiger Woods didn’t fare much better, shooting his worst opening round ever at the tournament. Play continues through the weekend. ESPN

If hitting someone with a tee shot is all you needed to do to become a professional golfer we’ll see you on the Pro Tour.

     

8. CAN’T WAIT TO BE KING

Disney’s much-anticipated remake of The Lion King is on track for a $190 million domestic debut this weekend. Despite mixed-to-bad reviews (the film sits at just 57% on Rotten Tomatoes), industry analysts believe it could become the highest-grossing film of the year. So far, four of the top five movies of 2019 were released by Disney. The fifth, Spider-Man: Far From Home, was co-produced by Disney’s Marvel unit. BOX OFFICE MOJO

We’ll watch it for Beyoncé.

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9. NEW TRAILERS

TOP GUN: Tom Cruise surprised fans at Comic-Con with the first trailer for next summer’s Top Gun: Maverick. WATCH

CATS: Get ready for five months of seeing Taylor Swift, James Corden and Idris Elba in fur. The first trailer for the film remake of the musical Cats is out, and it’s…something. The movie hits theaters at Christmas. WATCH

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10. LEFTOVERS: GENDER NEUTRAL

The city of Berkeley, Calif., has voted to remove any words that imply gender preference from the city code. That means “manholes” will now be called “maintenance holes” and “manpower” will become “human effort.” City documents will also replace all gendered pronouns, like “he” or “she,” with “they.” CNN

Exhibit 93758 in “How Donald Trump gets re-elected.”

     

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