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Peter Strzok fired from FBI

The special agent, who sent anti-Trump text messages, has been fired. CNN's Shimon Prokupecz reports.

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 12:11 PM
Updated: Aug 14, 2018 12:30 PM

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1. Peter Strzok

Peter Strzok's out of the FBI, and his attorney's not happy about how it all went down. Strzok, now a former FBI agent, made headlines after his anti-Trump texts went public. He was pulled off the Russia investigation because of them. Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, said an agreement was in place to suspend his client for 60 days, but then FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich went ahead and fired him. Goelman said the decision was driven by politics; the FBI denies this. Of course, President Trump was thrilled about the firing and gloated about it on, what else, Twitter. He called Strzok a "total fraud" and used this as yet another opportunity to whack the Russia investigation.

2. Politics

It's primary day in Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Vermont. Wisconsin is the headliner of those four, with all eyes on the Democratic gubernatorial primary there. It's a wide open race, with the winner facing off against incumbent GOP Gov. Scott Walker in the fall. And he looks vulnerable. A recent poll actually shows Walker trailing state education Superintendent Tony Evers, the current front-runner in the Democratic primary. The contests in Wisconsin and Minnesota kick off the Democrats' effort to capitalize on Donald Trump's unpopularity and retake control in Midwestern battlegrounds they once dominated.

3. Migrant crisis

There's another ship full of migrants stranded in the Mediterranean, and once again nations in the region are squabbling over what to do about it. The ship, a search-and-rescue vessel named the Aquarius, picked up 141 migrants late last week off the coast of Libya. Included in the group are dozens of children and two pregnant women. Malta and Italy refused to let the ship dock. Italy said it wouldn't assume responsibility for the migrants because the Aquarius sails under the flag of Gibraltar, a British territory. So now Gibraltar has moved to strip the Aquarius of its registration, but it's unclear if that will change Italy's stance.

The Aquarius, which is operated by the charities SOS Méditerranée and Doctors Without Borders, was also briefly stranded back in June with 630 migrants aboard while Italy, Malta and France fought over which country would take them in. Spain finally agreed to accept the migrants, and the diplomatic tussle revealed just how fractured Europe is in this crisis.

4. China

China's hitting back against claims it has imprisoned more than a million Uyghur Muslims in camps. A group out of Germany called the World Uyghur Congress told a United Nations committee that the Muslims were being held -- and tortured -- in political indoctrination camps. China said that's "completely untrue," but added that some people convicted of minor offenses had been sent to "vocational educational and employment training centers." For months, China has reportedly been cracking down on Muslim residents in its far-western province of Xinjiang.

China is dealing with issues in Hong Kong, too. That's where Andy Chan, a pro-independence activist, said in a speech that Hong Kong was being "colonized" by the Chinese like it was once colonized by the British. Chan's speech was met with protests by pro-China groups and government attempts to censor it.

5. Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul is in hospice care. That devastating news was shared with CNN's Don Lemon by a source close to Aretha Franklin, who is being cared for at her home. The 76-year-old musical icon's health had deteriorated in recent years, and she appeared frail in photos, but she kept her struggles private. Although she announced last year she would stop touring, she was still booking concerts. Her last known performance was at a private gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation last November. Franklin's contributions to music are almost immeasurable, and many say the singer of such classics as "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" is quite simply the greatest voice they've ever heard.

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Correction: A previous version of this article said Peter Strzok's anti-Trump messages were tweets. They were text messages.

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