1. "CNN severed ties with Jeffrey Lord on Thursday, hours after he ignited controversy by tweeting the words 'Sieg Heil!' at a prominent liberal activist," CNN's Brian Stelter writes in a post published at 8:47 p.m. last night about the ouster of "the first explicitly pro-Donald Trump commentator to join the network, back in August 2015, two months after Trump entered the GOP primary race." But the most delicious detail doesn't appear in Stelter's post; instead, he shared it in his nightly Reliable Sources email newsletter (which hit my inbox at 10:36 p.m.):
Lord found out while a CNN-provided car service was taking him from his PA home to NYC for Thursday night's "AC360." The car turned around...
2. Speaking of CNN, its political commentator Chris Cillizza is apparently so exhausted by President Trump that he's taken to basically PowerPointing POTUS's jibber-jabber. See "The 39 most eyebrow-raising Donald Trump quotes on Thursday alone," including No. 23:
Yeah, nuclear to me -- number one, I would like to de-nuke the world.
3. In a story headlined "Trump's baffling attacks on McConnell could be costly to the president," The Washington Post's Dan Balz writes,
The world has gotten another clear-eyed look at President Trump as he continues to rattle cages during his working vacation at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J. He has displayed one gear, one speed -- attack and attack again. When he is unhappy, it shows. This week his ire has been focused on two individuals -- one an obvious adversary and the other, inexplicably, a presumed ally. The adversary is North Korea's Kim Jong Un. The ally is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Read on -- or, wait, you know what? Just look at this Bill Bramhall editorial cartoon from the Daily News:
That pretty much sums it up.
4. The big story dominating the homepage of The Daily Beast this morning: "Team Trump Shivs Paul Manafort: There's 'Plenty for Mueller to Work With'." Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng write,
President Donald Trump would have you believe that Paul Manafort wasn't all that involved with his campaign, and for good reason: Behind the scenes, Trump's aides fume that the former campaign chairman is at least partially responsible for the president's deepening legal woes. ... According to sources close to the president, many on Team Trump blame Manafort for special counsel Robert Mueller's divergence from election interference and foray into the private finances of the president's family, and political and business associates.
5. Helpful!: "A Timely Guide to the North Korea Crisis," via The New York Times. Reading Maggie Astor's quick "overview of The New York Times's coverage of the events as they have unfolded so far" made me feel both better informed and ... more nauseous.
6. If you're a regular reader of this roundup, you recognize that "6" as a sign that you're almost done. I try to keep this thing a manageable read with a total of seven numbered blocks (though sometimes I cheat a bit by squeezing in an extra related link or two into a given block). There is just way too much I want to share and not enough time (or numbers). So here I'd like to call attention to another opportunity for you to stay on top of everything that's happening via Ad Age's newest launch: Ad Age Wake-Up Call, as curated and written by my awesome colleague Angela Doland. Angela lives in the future -- she's based in Shanghai -- and works on her early-morning (ET) curation of advertising, marketing and digital-related news (and some media-about-media news too) while most of us are still asleep. I'm already addicted to her Wake-Up Call in its launch week. Here's the latest: "More Problems for Google, and Other News to Know Today."
7. And finally, Anthony Scaramucci FaceTimed his way on to last night's "Weekend Update" -- part of NBC's special Thursday-night summer run of the "Saturday Night Live" segment -- and it was gold. Some people on the internet are saying that it was actually Bill Hader playing Anthony Scaramucci, but personally I prefer to believe that it was the real Anthony Scaramucci:
Thanks to Ann-Christine Diaz and Laurel Wentz for their roundup suggestions.
Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.