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Robert Kagan, a neoconservative commentator and a vocal supporter of President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, will speak at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's campaign next month, according to Foreign Policy.

Foreign Policy obtained an invitation to the event -- which is being hosted in Washington's Logan Circle neighborhood July 21 -- that promised "an off-the-record conversation on America’s continued investment in NATO, key European allies and partners, and the EU.”

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge says Cleveland's rules governing protests and marches during next month's Republican National Convention infringe on rights of free expression, and he is ordering the city and a civil rights organization to begin negotiating new rules.

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The Supreme Court delivered a blow to President Obama’s efforts on immigration with a 4-4 vote on a major challenge to his 2014 executive actions granting deportation relief to some four million undocumented immigrants. The ruling -- a single line noting that the tie defers to the appeals court decision that had upheld an injunction on the programs -- means Obama will not be able to implement the programs by the end of his term and their fate is tied up with the presidential election.

But the decision is by no means the final word in the case or for the programs, known as DACA II (an expansion of the 2012 executive action that granted deportation relief to young immigrants who came to the US illegally as minors) and DAPA (which granted relief to certain undocumented parents of people with legal U.S. status). Immigration advocates were scrambling Thursday to assess their options, and the legal battle is likely to continue through the end of Obama's term.

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While pitting national security concerns post-Orlando against gun rights has peeled off some Republican support for a new bipartisan gun control measure in the Senate this week, it is probably not going to be enough to advance a "no fly, no buy" compromise bill in the Senate.

Part of that was by design. Senate GOP leadership explicitly designed the vote to go nowhere by using a procedural tactic. Part of it was that there is still not enough bipartisan support in the Senate to pass even the most narrow gun control measures.

Here's what happened.

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Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon applauded the Supreme Court's tied vote that effectively blocked President Obama's executive action on immigration.

"Today's 4-4 Supreme Court ruling has blocked one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President. The executive amnesty from President Obama wiped away the immigration rules written by Congress, giving work permits and entitlement benefits to people illegally in the country," Trump said in a statement.

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Editor's Note: Mark Cuban is a genuine billionaire and frenemy of Donald Trump’s who’s been increasingly critical of Trump and the purported scale of his wealth over the course of the 2016 campaign. Having written at some length about the evidence that Trump’s claim to be worth over $10 billion is vastly exaggerated (technically speaking, a big fat lie) and that Trump may not even be a billionaire, I wanted to chat with Cuban about what makes him so suspicious. After all, billionaires have unique insights into how billionaires handle their money, even how purported billionaires handle their money. What follows is a lightly edited email exchange between Cuban and me over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday.

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