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Well that was unexpected. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

The big story...

Jeff Bezos Calls Out National Enquirer for Attempted Blackmail and Extortion

Yesterday, Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos published a post on Medium entitled, "No thank you, Mr. Pecker." The post detailed an email exchange between Bezos and David Pecker, the owner of the National Enquirer. In the post, Bezos explains that Pecker, not being happy with the Washington Post's coverage of his publication's involvement with Trump, has attempted to blackmail Bezos with compromising photos of him and the woman he was having an affair with to ensure no negative press for the National Enquirer. So, Bezos published the exchange to publicly say, "No thanks."

In national news...

Former Rep. John Dingell Dies at Age 92

Former Rep. Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress, has died at age 92. Needless to say he will be missed — and so will his tweets.

In film...

Woody Allen Sues Amazon Studios for $68 Million

Speaking of Amazon, the streaming service is being sued for $68 million after backing out of a deal to release four films made by Woody Allen. After the company suffered a connection to Harvey Weinstein at the beginning of the #MeToo movement, Amazon decided that it would be best to also cut ties with Allen, who has long been accused of assault by his stepdaughter Dylan Farrow.

In politics...

Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law

In a 5-4 vote yesterday, the Supreme Court voted against a Louisiana abortion law, similar to the one that has been implemented in Texas. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's four liberal justices, putting a temporary stay on the law until the court agrees to review the case at a later date.

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Ariana Grande responded to the Grammys producer who said she couldn't "pull something together" for the show this weekend.
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Last but not least...

35 Amazing ‘I Was Actually There!’ Lollapalooza Moments

Lollapalooza in Chicago has always been my home away from home. I have gone to this event in some capacity every year since 2007. I have seen it change over the years as the musical landscape has evolved. Some years I only attended after-shows, while other years I went to the festival each day. The one thing that never changed was the opportunity to see some amazing musical performances that made for great concert memories. Here are clips of some of my favorite performances from 2007-2018. You might even see a younger version of me in one of the clips if you look closely enough. Read more in Curt Tagtmeier's report for CMN.
Today's Morning Scoop was made possible by Curt Tagtmeier and the CMN Staff. It's Friday! Time to celebrate — or go to sleep. P.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.
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