The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday July 31)

July 31, 2018

These are the stories making headlines as we end the month.

Trump opens window into his rage with Mueller attack

Donald Trump is giving Americans a glimpse of the fury raging inside him as a pivotal moment nears for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and different strands of political and legal vulnerability swirling around the President become ever more threatening.

Polls open as Zimbabweans vote in first Mugabe-free election

Zimbabweans are voting in what many hope will be something the country has never seen before: a free and fair election, without the interference of former leader Robert Mugabe.

Times publisher warned Trump about labeling journalists as enemies

Trump first revealed the meeting took place in a tweet on Sunday morning from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times,” Trump wrote.

Australian archbishop resigns after sex abuse cover-up

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, the highest-ranking Catholic official ever to be convicted of covering up sex abuse.

Jeremy Hunt makes gaffe about wife in China

The UK Foreign Secretary made what he described as a “terrible mistake” during a visit to China when he accidentally described his Chinese wife as Japanese in a meeting in Beijing.

Mobs of kangaroos swarm Canberra

Mobs of kangaroos have been raiding patches of grass in the Australian capital Canberra, driven to the city’s sports fields, back yards and roadsides by food scarcity.

Deaf amateur Allen John finishes tied for second in Germany

Deaf amateur golfer Allen John came within one shot of an “incredible” tie for first place at the Porsche European Open in Hamburg.

India bill to strip millions of citizenship

The final draft of a bill which will determine who has the right to be called Indian in the north-eastern state of Assam will be published hours from now. The entire process has sparked fears of a witch hunt against the state’s ethnic minorities, reports the BBC’s Joe Miller.

Star Wars ‘bittersweet’ without Fisher

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has said it feels “bittersweet” to be returning to the franchise for his “final chapter” without the late Carrie Fisher. Yet he said he was “finding solace” in the fact the “irreplaceable” actress would appear in the film, in unused footage from the previous instalment.

Slap video of harassed woman shocks France

A French student has spoken out after she was harassed in a Paris street and then hit in the face when she told him to stop. Marie Laguerre shared CCTV video of the man slapping her outside a cafe in the north-east of the capital.

Why Trump attacks the media

When President Donald Trump first called the media “enemy of the people” last year, it elicited outrage. Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake said it was an example of an “unprecedented” and “unwarranted” White House assault on the free press. The second, third and fourth times Mr Trump used the phrase, it barely merited a shrug.

Coca-Cola Raises Prices On Trump’s Favorite Drink Over Tariffs

Coca-Cola has hiked prices on its carbonated drinks because President Donald Trump ‘s 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum has made cans for Coke and other sodas more expensive to make. The price boost for Coke, which Trump l oudly ordered during a secretly recorded conversation with his former personal attorney Michael Cohen, was “disruptive” but necessary given the extra cost of the tariffs, Coca-Cola CEO James Quigley said.

Rudy Giuliani Mysteriously Tweets ‘You’ — So Twitter Users Hilariously Fill In The Blank

Rudy Giuliani tweeted the word “you” with zero explanation on Sunday, and Twitter users had a field day. Giuliani, who serves as one of President Donald Trump’s attorneys, shared the brief tweet in between attacks on Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. Press saying today that Lanny Davis is getting ready to leak more of his client’s surreptitiously recorded tapes.

Mike Pence Defends White House Banning CNN Reporter From Press Event

Vice President Mike Pence stood by the White House’s decision to ban a CNN reporter from a press event last week, citing the need to maintain “decorum.” “This administration believes in the freedom of the press,” Pence told Fox News ‘ Maria Bartiromo in an interview airing Sunday.

Trump Has Reportedly Joked That Ivanka Could Have Married Tom Brady

Donald Trump has quipped – “several times” – that daughter Ivanka Trump could have married New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, witnesses told The New York Times. “Instead,” the president is reported to have said, “I got Jared Kushner ” for a son-in-law.

Spokesman For GOP Senate Nominee Called Majority-Black Cities ‘S**tholes’

A spokesman for Corey Stewart, Virginia’s Donald Trump-allied Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, was revealed to have referred to several U.S. cities with majority-black populations as “s**tholes” and has warned against opening business in black neighborhoods, The Daily Beast reported Sunday. Rick Shaftan uses the term to described Memphis, New Orleans and Baltimore in a series of now-deleted tweets.

7 space-based TV shows get graded on realism

This post is part of Science of Sci-Fi , Mashable’s ongoing series dissecting the science (or lack of science) in our favorite sci-fi movies, TV shows, and books. Hollywood’s attempts to peek into the future are more art than science.

Tesla is selling $1,500 surfboards now, but they sold out instantly

Is Tesla taking merch too far? Elon Musk has a knack for selling weird branded merchandise that has nothing to do with what his companies actually do – remember The Boring Company’s flamethrowers? Or the $400 leather jackets made from the same automotive grade leather that adorns Tesla interiors?

Trolls thought I was a man. That saved me.

This post is part of Me, online, Mashable’s ongoing series digging into online identities. I was locked in my friends’ bathroom on the phone with my thesis adviser and staring at Reddit.

Terrifying first-person footage shows just how devastating the wildfires in Greece are

First-person footage of flames engulfing a neighborhood shows just how devastating the wildfires in Greece are. A man trying to save his friend’s cat caught the wildfire on video as it burned through the trees surrounding his home. Within the video’s short span of time, just three-and-a-half minutes, the fire approaches and starts to consume the house.

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