--WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING: An internal government review of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's controversial private email account concluded that some of those messages may have contained classified information, senior government officials confirm to ABC News. The Inspectors General for the State Department and Intelligence Community have sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department, asking that it investigate the matter, ABC's JUSTIN FISHEL reports. The New York Times first reported the news last night.
--THE CLINTON CAMP WEIGHS IN: Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill issued the following statement: "Contrary to the initial story, which has already been significantly revised, she followed appropriate practices in dealing with classified materials. As has been reported on multiple occasions, any released emails deemed classified by the administration have been done so after the fact, and not at the time they were transmitted."
--WHAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE IS SAYING: "All I know is what I've read today and learned today actually this morning. Inspector generals operate completely independently, that's why they were put there," Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview with NBC news. "What I do know is, that in the State Department we have a whole team working extremely hard to get all the required emails out, public as fast as possible. And I can't wait until that happens. I'm sure Hillary can't either. And I'm sure it will be cleared up with the final release as we get that done."
--HAPPENING TODAY: Hillary Clinton will give an economic address in New York City at 1:30pm Eastern at New York University. A Clinton aide tells The Note: "Clinton will describe a series of pressures and incentives that are encouraging corporate America to focus on short-term profits rather than long-term investment. She will say American business needs to break free from the 'tyranny of today's earnings report' so they can build tomorrow's prosperity in a way that drives income growth for everyday Americans. Clinton will diagnose symptoms of short-termism that has gone too far. Corporate profits are at near-record highs, but companies are too often not choosing to reinvest those funds in innovation or their workforce."
--ANALYSIS -- ABC's RICK KLEIN: Donald Trump is the most dangerous man in politics today, with his unlimited funds, overall showmanship, and disregard for conventional political and even human rules of interaction, coupled with his threat to bolt the Republican Party if things don't go his way. But in dragging the campaign show - 100-odd reporters following around the white baseball cap that came out of a 1980s golf pro shop - to the Texas-Mexico border, Trump looks like he got what he wanted yet again. The focus was on immigration and the border, not on disparaging comments about Sen. John McCain's service, or even Trump calling anyone a "loser" or a "dummy." If you needed yet another exhibit in Donald Trump's capacity to dominate the media cycle - and more on his terms than not - the images from the border, white hat and all, should suffice for a while.
THIS WEEK ON "THIS WEEK": In an exclusive interview, Attorney General Loretta Lynch comes to "This Week," Sunday. Plus, the latest on the 2016 presidential race, with GOP contender Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week's politics, with ABC News analyst Matthew Dowd, ABC News contributor and Republican strategist Ana Navarro, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn, and Maggie Haberman, presidential campaign correspondent for The New York Times
FIVETHIRTYEIGHT IN THE NOTE
"TRUMP WOULD LOSE BADLY IN A THIRD-PARTY BID, BUT HE COULD TAKE THE REPUBLICAN DOWN, TOO." From FiveThirtyEight's HARRY ENTEN. "Donald Trump is making noise about an independent bid for president. If the Republican National Committee doesn't treat him fairly, Trump says, he'll be more likely to launch a third-party run. I don't know if he is at all serious, but I do know two things: History suggests that an independent Trump campaign would crash and fail; polling suggests that even if that happened, Trump could take the Republican candidate down with him." http://53eig.ht/1Ko6Nds
TRUMP WARNS OF 'TREMENDOUS DANGER' AT THE BORDER. The border between the United States and Mexico got a visitor yesterday: Donald Trump. The GOP presidential contender landed in Laredo, Texas, to tour the border and give a press conference, where he highlighted what he called a "real problem," ABC's RYAN STRUYK reports. "We have a tremendous danger on the border with the illegals coming in," Trump said. He made the comments after the border union that had planned to give the tour backed out at the last minute. "Our intentions to meet with Mr. Trump was to provide a 'Boots on the Ground' perspective to not only Mr. Trump, but to the media that would be in attendance at this event," the National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 wrote in a statement. Trump said the organization backed down because of pressure from the national organization. He still toured the border and then joined Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz and City Manager Jesus Olivares at a news conference to speak about border security. Trump went on to again predict that he would win the Hispanic vote, saying that he could topple Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. http://abcn.ws/1OoMbT2
WHAT MAKES TRUMP SUPPORTERS TICK? GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump maintained his grip on the headlines this week, surging to 24 percent support in the race for the Republican nomination, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. The bump in the polls comes even as some criticized Trump for questioning whether Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is a war hero, and releasing the personal cellphone number of fellow GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham. So who are the faces behind the real estate mogul's 11-point lead in the polls? ABC News reached out to the actual people who participated in our poll -- and asked why they are supporting Trump, ABC's RYAN STRUYK, VERONICA STRACQUALURSI, JILL ORNITZ, SUMMER FIELDS, CONOR KELLY and LOUISE SIMPSON report. These conversations with voters suggest that Trump's campaign has given a voice to real frustration and public anger, drawing support that crosses party lines and cites a range of policy concerns. http://abcn.ws/1g8dbvy
REPUBLICANS PASS 'DONALD TRUMP ACT' AS OBAMA VOWS VETO. Donald Trump may be thousands of miles from Washington on the Texas-Mexico border, but on Capitol Hill he's center stage in the fight over illegal immigration. "Donald Trump is trying to get to the White House, but it looks like he's already infiltrated Congress," said Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., during debate Thursday on the House floor. "This bill on the floor of this House today has Donald Trump written all over it." The bill, which is formally called the "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act," would block states and cities from receiving federal law enforcement funding if they have so-called "sanctuary city" practices in place, blocking the enforcement of certain federal immigration laws. It passed Thursday in the House with overwhelming Republican support in a 241-179 vote, ABC's BENJAMIN SIEGEL reports. Democrats have pejoratively labeled the legislation "The Donald Trump Act," tying the proposal to the volatile presidential candidate and his controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants. http://abcn.ws/1CXFVAT
SANDRA BLAND'S 'HEARTBREAKING' DEATH MATTERS FOR HILLARY CLINTON. Hillary Clinton yesterday called Sandra Bland's "heartbreaking" death in a Texas jail cell "another African-American life cut short," ABC's SHUSHANNAH WALSHE reports. "And that's why I think it is essential that we all stand up and say loudly and clearly, 'Yes, black lives matter.' And we all have a responsibility to face these hard truths of race and justice honestly and directly," the 2016 Democratic front-runner said to cheers during a campaign stop at the Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina. Bland, 28, was found dead in a Hempstead, Texas, jail cell three days after being pulled over in a traffic stop earlier this month. Clinton was criticized last month for saying "all lives matter" at an event at a historic black church close to Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters last year widely used the phrase "Black Lives Matter." Her remarks come just days after "Black Lives Matter" activists interrupted Clinton's Democratic rivals last weekend during the liberal Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix. http://abcn.ws/1fpm42H
--JEB BUSH -- 'WE'RE SO UPTIGHT': Republican candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush was asked yesterday in New Hampshire if he thought that Democratic candidate Martin O'Malley should apologize for saying that "all lives matter," ABC's CANDACE SMITH notes. Bush responded by asking, "We're so uptight and so politically correct now that we apologize for saying 'lives matter?" He added that "Life is precious. It's a gift from God. I frankly think that it's one of the most important values that we have. I know in the political context it's a slogan, I guess. Should he have apologized? No. If he believes that white lives matter, which I hope he does, then he shouldn't have apologized to a group that seemed to disagree with it. "
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
THE STORY BEHIND DONALD TRUMP'S NEW HAT. Donald Trump is known for what's on the top of his head. Trump arrived Thursday in the border city of Laredo, Texas, but it wasn't his signature hair-do that got noticed. The 2016 GOP presidential candidate was wearing a custom-made, crisp, white cap with the words "Make America Great Again" across the front, according to ABC's VERONICA STRACQUALURSI. http://abcn.ws/1IgRQ8Z
IN THE NOTE'S INBOX
TOP CONSERVATIVE BRENT BOZELL ENDORSES TED CRUZ. From the Cruz campaign: "U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today received the endorsement of Brent Bozell, conservative stalwart and president of the Conservative Victory Committee. Bozell released this video announcing his support of Sen. Cruz's candidacy for President. "Make no mistake: If the Republican Party repeats what it has done the last two presidential elections, Republicans will lose. I guarantee it," Bozell said in the video. "On the other hand, if we nominate a principled, passionate conservative America can count on to restore her greatness, there will be an outpouring of support."
@bterris: If you think Donald Trump is running a good campaign, you'll probably hate how Jeb Bush is doing it: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/07/24/bushs-strategy-run-as-the-un-trump/ ...
@NickGass: Trump: "Maybe people will get tired of me" http://politi.co/1LHkANQ
@alex_mallin: Richard Stengel points out that ISIS social media shares pale in comparison to @onedirection in op-ed. Good to know. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/beating-the-hashtag-jihadis/2015/07/23/52e097ca-30a8-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html ...
@SteveDeaceShow: 34 percent of Republicans have positive view of the party. Why is that number even that high?
@TPM: William Shatner: Cruz's belief that Captain Kirk was Republican is "silly" http://bit.ly/1JiMkbi