--CLINTON ON CUBA: Hillary Clinton will deliver a speech in Miami today calling on Congress to end the trade embargo with Cuba. Given that Republicans have forcefully criticized President Obama's rapprochement, this will draw some bright lines between Clinton and GOP rivals in a major general election state with a big Cuban-American population that also happens to be Jeb Bush's and Marco Rubio's backyard.
--WHAT CLINTON WILL SAY, courtesy of ABC's LIZ KREUTZ: "The Cuba embargo needs to go, once and for all. We should replace it with a smarter approach that empowers the Cuban private sector, Cuban civil society, and the Cuban-American community to spur progress and keep pressure on the regime," Clinton plans to say in her speech, according to excerpts of her remarks as prepared for delivery. "Today I am calling on Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell to step up and answer the pleas of the Cuban people. By large majorities, they want a closer relationship with America. They want to buy our goods, read our books, surf our web, and learn from our people. They want to bring their country into the 21st century. That is the road toward democracy and dignity. We should walk it together."
--WE'RE IN THE MONEY: Today is also the deadline for super PACs to file campaign-finance disclosures covering the first half of the year. By midnight we should have a solid tally of who's up and who's down in the money race, judged by campaign and super PAC fundraising combined. The campaigns disclosed their numbers two weeks ago, and some of the super PACs have already leaked their totals, but today's FEC filings will supply much fuller context on the money race. Plus, we'll get to see who the biggest donors are at this point in the 2016 race -- one that figures to shatter previous records for election spending.
--NOTED: THE CLINTON E-MAIL SAGA CONTINUES: The State Department will release the next batch of Hillary Clinton's e-mails from her tenure as secretary of state today. The last batch revealed little in the way of hard news but some interesting bits of flavor from Clinton's daily life as secretary.
THIS WEEK ON 'THIS WEEK': Ahead of the first debate of the 2016 GOP presidential race, the powerhouse roundtable takes on all the week's politics, with Republican strategist and pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona, CNN political commentator and former House speaker Newt Gingrich, and ABC News' Cokie Roberts. Be sure to use #ThisWeek when you tweet about the program. TUNE IN SUNDAY: http://abcnews.go.com/thisweek
TODAY ON THE TRAIL with ABC's SHUSHANNAH WALSHE: In Tinley Park, Illinois the Black Conservative R.I.S.E Initiative Conference will feature Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee. Also called the "All Lives Matter Conference," it is a conservative gathering of African American anti-abortion activists. Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie and Rand Paul have a packed day in Iowa with stops across the state. John Kasich is in New Hampshire. Donald Trump remains off the trail in Scotland with no event scheduled.
WHY THE GOP CANDIDATES SMASH CELLPHONES AND WIELD CHAINSAWS. Cell phones, chainsaws and "cancer": Some Republican candidates are pulling out all the stops in an effort to make the cut for the first presidential debate just one week from Thursday. Fox News says that the top 10 candidates in an average of the five most recent national polls will get into the debate. The other seven will be left to a separate forum in the afternoon. While Donald Trump has been dominating headlines in the last month, candidates near the bottom of the 17-person Republican presidential field have had limited media exposure and struggled to win over voters. But that hasn't stopped them from trying to draw media attention -- and taking extreme measures in the next seven days to attract the cameras and headlines, ABC's RYAN STRUYK notes. Here's a look at what the candidates have been doing to attract attention: http://abcn.ws/1M05d4Q
UPDATE -- THE FIRST GOP DEBATE: WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT. The first Republican Presidential debate is just one week away, but the question remains: who will be on stage and who will be watching from home? ABC's RYAN STRUYK takes a look at the standings: http://abcn.ws/1D6XrCO
DONALD TRUMP ON DEBATE: MAY DO 'TERRIBLY' OR 'GREAT.' Where Donald Trump goes, America's political campaign follows. On an unofficial trip to Turnberry, Scotland, Donald Trump told reporters his sole focus was running for president. "Three months ago I would have said business is more important, but now I'm more a politician, although I hate the word," Trump said, according to ABC's LOUISE DEWAST. Turnberry is the location of one of Trump's most lucrative golf courses, where the women's British Open of golf is taking place this week. Only a week before the first Republican debate in which he is taking part, the outspoken candidate said his only plan was to "show up." "I am who I am, I'm not a debater," Trump said, before adding he was a "big job builder who gets things done." "Maybe I'll do terribly, maybe I'll do great." http://abcn.ws/1SP5Exz
WHAT WE'RE READING
"FOX NEWS LAYS OUT DEBATE RULES FOR CANDIDATES LIKELY TO MAKE CUT," by Bloomberg's Kendall Brietman. "With the Fox News debates only one week away, candidates likely to make it to the main stage are beginning to hear some details. According to two people familiar with the network's plans, candidates will get one minute to answer each question addressed to them by moderators Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier during the program, which begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time on August 6. Candidates who are called upon will be given only 30 seconds for rebuttals. If a candidate's name is invoked during someone else's answer to a question, that candidate will get a chance to respond for a length of time at the moderator's discretion." http://bloom.bg/1IvgabS
@bpolitics: Florida's economy grew at a 4.4% pace during Bush's years in office, but analysts say policies did little to spur it http://bloom.bg/1IGJzli
@mikiebarb: At Urban League speech, Ben Carson says of Obama era: "There's been a lot of change. Not a lot of hope."
@petesouza: In 2006, I accompanied then Sen. Obama to Kenya. Last weekend, I accompanied him as President Obama. See the photos: http://go.wh.gov/BehindTheLens