LGBT GENERATIONS. If you’re in Provincetown this coming Monday, July 31, make sure you don’t miss a night of storytelling about Ptown’s LGBT history from The Generations Project. More info HERE. Ticket info HERE.
LEON PANETTA. Trump’s transgender ban undermines military readiness. ” I think it frankly undermines something that has made the United States the strongest military power on the face of the earth. The fact that we allow everyone to serve our country, we’ve opened the doors to people that want to be good soldiers and serve this country, regardless of race, regardless of color or creed, regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation. If they can be a good soldier, then they ought to be given the opportunity to serve. ”
COKE ZERO. Just WTF is going on here?
SERBIA. New PM Ana Brnabic says she doesn’t want to be known as the “gay prime minister”: “Serbia is changing and changing fast, and if you will, I am part of that change, but I do not want to be branded ‘Serbia’s gay PM’. The message we need to send is about competence, professionalism and trustworthiness.”
NORTH KOREA. Missile launched into Sea of Japan: “The Japanese government said it believes a North Korean missile was launched and then fell in waters off Japan’s coast, in what’s known as the Exclusive Economic Zone. Japan’s coast guard is warning ships in the area to look out for debris and alert the government if anything is found, according to NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization. A senior Japanese official said the missile flew for approximately 45 minutes.”
NYLE DIMARCO. Putting on a gun show.
NEWT GINGRICH. Ripping Scaramucci: “I think Scaramucci is full of himself, I think he got down here from New York and he is all excited,” Gingrich told Ingraham. “Frankly, he is talking more than he is thinking. He needs to slow down and learn the business.”
SESSIONS. I’ll jail White House leakers: “Some people need to go to jail,” Sessions said Thursday in an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News. “If we can make cases, they are going to jail.”
RUSSIA. Kremlin orders U.S. to cut hundreds of Russia staff, seizes properties: “Moscow ordered the US to reduce its diplomatic presence in Russia to 455 diplomats and staff and also barred it from using a Moscow summer house and storage facility.”
UNDERWEAR SHARE. Cristiano Ronaldo got locked out of his hotel room.
COVER OF THE DAY. HAIM covers Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much”.
FRIDAY FLASH. Kelechi Kalu.