Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, China's economic growth slowed to the lowest level in 27 years during the second quarter of the year. This is bad news for the world economy (because China is home to 400 million middle class consumers), but Trump is very happy about it.

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has informed Congress that the government is running out of money quicker than anticipated and will reach the debt ceiling as soon as early September.

Finally, federal prosecutors are asking the court to deny bail to Jeffrey Epstein because he's a significant flight risk. Prosecutors say FBI agents found foreign passports listing fake names in Epstein's safe.

Prosecutors have said Epstein must remain in jail to prevent him from fleeing the country, citing his wealth and connections overseas, as well as allegations he paid two potential witnesses last year in an apparent effort to influence them. [...]

The prosecutor also said one item seized was a passport that appeared to have been issued by a foreign country in the 1980s that containing [sic] Epstein’s photo, but someone else’s name.

The foreign country in question is Saudi Arabia.