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Weekday Trumpdate gives you the latest on the ongoing catastrophe in the White House.

The New York Times:

President Trump waded into South Africa’s proposal to seize land from white farmers, saying in a post on Twitter late Wednesday that he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study” the “large-scale killing of farmers” — a claim disputed by official figures and the country’s biggest farmer’s group.

CNN:

President Donald Trump continued working to fortify himself against accusations of legal misdeeds on Thursday, defending himself on Twitter in the dark morning hours and telling an interviewer he'd done nothing wrong.

The Washington Post:

President Trump asked his lawyers several weeks ago for their advice on the possibility of pardoning Paul Manafort, his lawyer said Thursday.

Geekwire:

The duty on e-bikes is part of a $16 billion package of tariffs the U.S. is imposing on Chinese goods starting Thursday. It’s the latest in an ongoing trade battle between the two nations. In an interview with CNBC, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross explained the administration’s position.

“We are trying to get a deal,” he said. “We are making progress. We don’t have the deal just yet but I think a deal is very likely within reach in the very, very near future.”

CNN:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a key Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that President Donald Trump could replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the midterm elections in November.

CNBC:

The chairman of the company that publishes the National Enquirer was granted immunity by federal prosecutors as part of an investigation into President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, NBC News reported Thursday.

People:

On Tuesday a relative of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts appeared to publicly rebuke pundits and politicians — including President Donald Trump — who have used Tibbetts’ slaying as a talking point in ongoing debates about immigration in America.

“Please remember, Evil comes in EVERY color,” Billie Jo Calderwood wrote on Facebook Tuesday night, only a few hours after authorities announced that the 20-year-old Tibbetts’ remains had been found about a month after she disappeared from Brooklyn, Iowa.

It's the 581st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are two years, four months, 28 days, 10 hours, and 44 minutes left... assuming he doesn't get hauled out of the White House in handcuffs first. Here's hoping.