Good one, Rand
How will Iran respond?
Mayor Pete’s getting some help from Hollywood
Among the more than 50 celebrities who gave Buttigieg money during the second quarter are rocker Joan Jett ($150), recording industry mogul David Geffen ($5,600), fashion icon Anna Wintour ($2,800), designer Tom Ford ($5,600), actress Sharon Stone ($5,600) and comedian Ellen DeGeneres ($5,600). They helped fuel his field-leading $24.8 million fundraising haul.
Donny, you’re out of your element
Actor Steve Buscemi donated the maximum amount possible to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) presidential election campaign.
The actor known for his roles in The Death of Stalin and The Big Lebowski gave $2,800 to the mayor in June, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filing.
But there will be no further charges
Search warrants made public Thursday show that the FBI believed then-candidate Donald Trump spoke with his attorney Michael Cohen and aide Hope Hicks during the 2016 campaign about silencing news stories related to his alleged affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
Why it matters: The Southern District of New York’s investigation into hush money payments, which has now concluded, resulted in Cohen being sentenced to prison for three years for campaign finance violations. Trump — who was previously referred to in court documents as “Individual 1” — has denied allegations of his involvement in the scheme.
He actually stepped away from the microphone so they could chant more
So why did he tweet “What a crowd, and what great people” after the rally?
Unsurprisingly, Trump has nothing but love for the “send her back” crowd
Epstein doesn’t get to go back to his mansion, for now
This will not tamp down U.S.-Iran tensions
Iran claims it has seized a “foreign vessel” carrying oil with 12 crew members aboard in the Persian Gulf, according to a statement from the country’s Republican Guard carried by the state media agency Fars.
The statement says the tanker was carrying 1 million liters of smuggled oil that it had picked up from small Iranian ships and was sailing towards foreign ships with it. The ship was seized south of Lark Island in the Strait of Hormuz, the IRGC statement quoted by Fars says.
Booker going for the normcore vote
Susan Collins is paying a major price for aligning herself with the Trump-era GOP
As they say, what could go wrong?
A new report by staff members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees the safety of the nation’s 59 aging nuclear power plants, recommends that the commissioners significantly weaken or reduce safety inspections of the plants.
The report, published Tuesday, comes after a yearlong consultation and public meeting process, including views from the Nuclear Energy Institute, which lobbies on behalf of the nuclear power plant industry and has long sought weaker safety rules. It also comes amid a broader push by the Trump administration for reduced regulations on industry.
A rare act of mass violence in Japan left more than a dozen dead
At least 24 people are dead or presumed dead in a suspected arson attack at an animation studio in the western city of Kyoto, one of the worst violent attacks in Japan in decades.
Police said they detained a man on suspicion of starting the fire at a studio of Kyoto Animation Co. on Thursday morning. Around 70 people were working in the building, according to the Kyoto City fire department.
A fire department official said 14 people were confirmed dead and at least 10 others were in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. In Japan, deaths must be confirmed by a doctor before being announced.
The official said 36 other people were confirmed as having been injured in the attack, 10 of them seriously. Television footage showed smoke and flames billowing out of all three stories of the charred building. Fire crews took five hours to put out the blaze.
Public broadcaster NHK said a man was seen spreading a liquid around the building before starting the blaze. The man shouted “Die!” as he set fire to the building, according to several local reports, citing the police.
A woman living near the studio told the Mainichi newspaper, a national daily, that a man badly injured in the fire came to her door. When the police arrived, the man admitted setting fire to the building and said he was angry because the company had stolen his ideas, according to the account.