See Strzok hit back at Gowdy

FBI agent Peter Strzok fired back at Rep. Trey Gowdy's (R-SC) questions about Strzok's anti-Trump texts and said that "at no time" did his personal opinions affect his work at the FBI.

Posted: Jul 13, 2018 8:28 AM
Updated: Jul 13, 2018 8:28 AM

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1. President Trump in the UK

President Trump criticized UK Prime Minister Theresa May in a British tabloid interview published as the President and Prime Minister were still at a gala dinner May threw last night in Trump's honor. And today, the two will hold meetings and a joint news conference. Awkward, anyone? Trump's criticism of May -- that her "soft Brexit" plan would likely kill a new US-UK trade deal -- will surely come up when they face the media. So will Trump's endorsement of Boris Johnson, the just-resigned British Foreign Secretary and May's chief political rival, whom Trump said would be a "great prime minister." With a friend like Trump, May doesn't need enemies, CNN's Stephen Collinson notes.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump will also have tea today with Queen Elizabeth II, his first visit with the monarch. And, oh yeah, the "Trump Baby" protest balloon is flying high over Parliament. You can see it here.

2. Strzok hearing

Well, that was ... something. Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok took on House Republicans in a mammoth, 10-hour hearing that was as contentious and chaotic as any we've ever seen. Strzok forcefully defended his actions in the Hillary Clinton email and Russia investigations and tried to explain those infamous anti-Trump text messages (which he was forced to read out loud).

But Republicans were having none of it, saying the texts prove that not only was Strzok biased against the President but so was the entire Russia investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. There were shouting matches between lawmakers and threats to hold Strzok in contempt. When it was all over, not many minds seemed to have been changed. CNN national security analyst Josh Campbell said Congress embarrassed itself, while Collinson declared it wasn't "democracy's finest hour." Here are nine key moments from the hearing.

3. Syria

The town where Syria's bloody civil war started more than seven years ago has been retaken by government forces. Syrian state media said troops yesterday entered the town of Dara'a and raised the nation's flag. It was there that the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, after graffiti taunting Assad led to the arrest and torture of teen boys. Now, with millions of Syrians killed or displaced, the government's retaking of Dara'a may well signal an end to the war.

4. AT&T-Time Warner 

The drama apparently isn't over in AT&T's purchase of Time Warner. The Justice Department said it will appeal a judge's approval of the deal. An appeal might be tough sledding for Justice, though. The judge in the case never seemed to buy the government's argument that consumers would be harmed if the deal went through. AT&T has since changed the name of Time Warner to WarnerMedia, which is the parent company of CNN (and this humble newsletter). AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said his company is prepared and "not worried" about the appeal. It's still unclear how this is playing with other companies that saw the ruling as a green light to pursue mergers.

5. Emmys

Netflix seems to have beaten HBO at its own game with its investment in original programming (a strategy HBO worked for years to great success), paying off with 112 Emmy nominations, edging out HBO's 108. It's the first time this century any company's beaten HBO in the Emmy nods race and highlights the banner year for streaming services, with shows like Netflix's "The Crown" and Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" earning multiple nominations.

Still, HBO had a lot to celebrate, with uber-show "Game of Thrones" leading all others with 22 nominations. "Killing Eve" actress Sandra Oh made history as the first woman of Asian descent to nab a nomination for best actress in a drama. Even the embattled sitcom "Roseanne" scored a pair of nominations. And just weeks after his death, Anthony Bourdain and his CNN show "Parts Unknown" earned six nominations. Here are the major category nominees.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"Intense, but totally worth it."

Stormy Daniels, on her arrest at a Columbus, Ohio strip club. The charges were dropped, and Daniels performed last night at a different Ohio club.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Caught on camera

The Montreal family thought squirrels were eating their tomatoes. A check of their security camera revealed a human culprit.

Saying good-bye

Garrett loved Batman and Thor, and hated pants, needles and cancer. The remarkable 5-year-old prepared his own obit before he died last week.

Building chaos

Build-A-Bear had to shut down lines for its "Pay Your Age Day" event and offer vouchers after massive crowds overwhelmed stores.

World's largest

Attention avocado toast-loving millenials. You might want to make your way to Australia, where they're growing "Avozillas" -- avocados as big as your face.

TOTAL RECALL

Quiz time

Southwest Airlines said it'll stop serving what complementary item to passengers?

A. pretzels

B. soda

C. coffee

D. peanuts

Play "Total Recall: The CNN news" quiz to see if you're right.

And to celebrate the season premiere of CNN's Original Series "The History of Comedy" (Sunday night at 10 ET), test your comedy knowledge with CNN's new audio quiz on your Amazon devices! Just say, "Alexa, ask CNN for a quiz."

TODAY'S NUMBER

19 cents

That's how much the stock for MoviePass, the popular movie subscription service, is worth. But the company's CEO says everything is fine.

AND FINALLY

Soothing sounds

Playing Bach in the middle of Thailand for an elderly blind elephant? There's no sweeter way to start your weekend. (Click to view.)

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 16769

Reported Deaths: 803
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Hinds110426
Madison77829
Lauderdale76569
Neshoba73945
Jones70933
Scott66312
Forrest60039
DeSoto59310
Rankin4639
Leake45512
Holmes44431
Copiah3344
Jackson31415
Attala31218
Yazoo2985
Newton2924
Oktibbeha28314
Leflore28238
Lincoln28131
Wayne2803
Monroe26925
Harrison2687
Lamar2525
Lowndes2529
Pearl River21231
Pike20411
Adams20416
Warren19910
Washington1998
Lee1978
Noxubee1956
Covington1832
Bolivar16911
Jasper1684
Clarke15619
Smith15611
Lafayette1564
Kemper15611
Chickasaw14314
Coahoma1324
Clay1254
Winston1241
Carroll11911
Marion1169
Claiborne1165
Yalobusha1116
Grenada1104
Lawrence1071
Simpson1050
Sunflower963
Tate931
Hancock9012
Marshall893
Union897
Itawamba897
Webster885
Panola873
Wilkinson859
Montgomery841
Jefferson Davis823
Tippah7611
Calhoun684
Walthall670
Amite651
Humphreys647
Tunica583
Prentiss533
Choctaw522
Perry513
Pontotoc493
Jefferson421
Tishomingo360
Stone320
Quitman320
Tallahatchie311
Greene301
George302
Franklin292
Alcorn191
Benton140
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 19387

Reported Deaths: 676
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Mobile2341123
Jefferson1927105
Montgomery190544
Tuscaloosa85316
Marshall7149
Franklin5939
Lee56334
Shelby53619
Tallapoosa43566
Butler43121
Walker3973
Elmore38110
Chambers36326
Madison3594
Unassigned3144
Morgan3141
Baldwin2969
Dallas2963
Lowndes26912
Etowah26512
DeKalb2603
Autauga2485
Coffee2401
Sumter2369
Houston2275
Pike2231
Bullock2197
Colbert1972
Hale19210
Russell1870
Barbour1831
Marengo1796
Lauderdale1752
Calhoun1693
Cullman1631
Wilcox1587
Choctaw15310
Clarke1492
St. Clair1372
Randolph1288
Dale1250
Marion12511
Talladega1215
Pickens1215
Limestone1100
Chilton1081
Greene955
Macon944
Winston920
Jackson863
Henry842
Covington831
Crenshaw803
Escambia793
Bibb761
Washington746
Blount641
Lawrence510
Monroe492
Geneva450
Perry430
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Coosa401
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Lamar280
Fayette160
Cleburne151
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