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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.

Cases: 473413

Reported Deaths: 9214
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Harrison32339474
Hinds30703575
DeSoto29814346
Jackson23263336
Rankin21111358
Lee14600217
Madison14043265
Jones13165218
Forrest12953233
Lauderdale11418297
Lowndes10249175
Lamar10048128
Pearl River8737209
Lafayette8078136
Hancock7324111
Washington6837147
Oktibbeha6820118
Neshoba6404201
Monroe6372158
Warren6326161
Pontotoc610393
Panola6071124
Bolivar6016143
Marshall5972118
Union564086
Pike5491133
Lincoln5232130
Alcorn520888
George457868
Scott451993
Leflore4401140
Prentiss437276
Itawamba436198
Tippah436180
Simpson4268111
Copiah425586
Wayne424863
Tate4234100
Adams4219114
Yazoo415886
Sunflower4088104
Covington407391
Marion4032100
Leake393185
Coahoma388198
Newton364474
Grenada3517101
Stone345657
Tishomingo324888
Attala321185
Jasper310262
Winston300391
Clay288273
Chickasaw282164
Clarke277487
Calhoun259739
Holmes259485
Smith243947
Yalobusha216747
Tallahatchie215649
Walthall205557
Greene204045
Lawrence203831
Perry196453
Amite193751
Webster191941
Noxubee174538
Montgomery169853
Jefferson Davis165541
Carroll159937
Tunica148434
Benton139433
Kemper137439
Claiborne125634
Choctaw124925
Humphreys123337
Franklin115227
Quitman101825
Wilkinson99835
Jefferson86632
Sharkey62120
Issaquena1916
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 768301

Reported Deaths: 13209
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1093481727
Mobile699891179
Madison48418589
Baldwin35707452
Shelby35193291
Tuscaloosa33029512
Montgomery32582664
Lee21908204
Calhoun20140377
Morgan19351318
Etowah18583433
Marshall17272259
Houston16139353
St. Clair14956276
Limestone14129180
Cullman14069235
Elmore14010245
Lauderdale13128272
Talladega12399215
DeKalb11890229
Walker10231312
Autauga9493127
Blount9418149
Jackson9115136
Coffee8646161
Colbert8324169
Dale8284159
Escambia6456106
Tallapoosa6394168
Covington6313157
Chilton6243133
Russell591654
Franklin563597
Chambers5240132
Marion4628115
Dallas4626178
Clarke451471
Pike450091
Geneva4252106
Winston407987
Lawrence4046102
Bibb396177
Barbour338968
Marengo320981
Monroe311547
Butler309783
Pickens298769
Randolph294055
Henry293856
Hale286081
Cherokee279850
Fayette272271
Washington243545
Crenshaw232265
Clay221561
Macon214454
Cleburne209748
Lamar187839
Conecuh177139
Lowndes169056
Coosa163631
Wilcox154335
Bullock147142
Perry134235
Sumter123335
Greene119241
Choctaw72325
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