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"Tfw a story just falls into your lap," muses STAT's Megan Thielking, referring to the Trump aide who mistakenly emailed Politico's Marc Caputo a request for details on "HRC/Whitewater," tipping everyone off that The Donald plans to target Hillary Clinton over Whitewater (at a jubilant 400+ shares right now, but it's only just broken, so wait on it a tick). "OMG> > Hope Hicks accidentally emailed @MarcACaputo instead of Michael Caputo asking RNC for dirt on Whitewater," elaborates Politico colleague Hadas Gold. "That day in the land of @realDonaldTrump when Two Caputos was more newsy than Two Corinthians," observes Major Garrett at CBS News. "The echo chamber demands more cowbell," quips Boston Globe's Alex Kingsbury.
While that story was funny, this is bigger news: A State Department audit has faulted Hillary Clinton (as well as previous secretaries of state) for mishandling email and taking too long to respond to cybersecurity concerns. NY1's Josh Robin reacts, "This isn't good news for @HillaryClinton. $2 billion question is Is it criminal. (She says no). More." Trump's day isn't much better, with The Telegraph claiming he signed off on a deal designed to deprive the U.S. of tens of millions in tax. "Trump approved a $50m investment in a company – only for the deal to be rewritten several weeks later as a ‘loan’," details Jessica Winch there. Meanwhile, it turns out Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel has been secretly funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker. "Remember all those desperate fantasies that billionaires would take an interest in journalism? They're coming true!" comes the faux celebratory tweet from NYT's James Poniewozik.