'Start Here': Venezuela, Trump's admission and Chicago shootings. What you need to know to start your day

PHOTO: In this photo released by Chinas Xinhua News Agency, security personnel surround Venezuelas President Nicolas Maduro during an incident as he was giving a speech in Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 4, 2018.PlayXinhua via AP, FILE
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It's Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Here are some of the stories we're talking about on ABC News' new daily podcast, "Start Here."

1. Venezuela's Maduro survives alleged assassination attempt

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was speaking at a military parade broadcast live on national TV Saturday when he was interrupted by a series of blasts. The camera cut away as Maduro's security detail quickly shielded the president and soldiers were seen breaking rank and scattering.

Maduro later claimed it was an assassination attempt by drone and the Venezuelan government blamed the attack on far-right factions that collaborated with outside countries, including Colombia and the U.S.

ABC News' Matt Gutman, who has reported extensively from the region, breaks down what Venezuela says happened and what effect this could have on Maduro and his government.

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PHOTO: Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 13, 2012. J. Scott Applewhite/AP, FILE
Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 13, 2012.

2. Trump admits tower meeting was to get info on Clinton

President Donald Trump came to the defense of his son, Donald Trump Jr., this weekend over the infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016. When reports first surfaced last year that Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign, he originally claimed the meeting centered on adoptions, but later changed his story to say Natalia Veselnitskaya promised him dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The president admitted on Twitter on Sunday that the purpose of the Trump Tower meeting was to "get information on an opponent," but it was "totally legal and done all the time in politics."

ABC News' Jordyn Phelps checks in from Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is spending the week at his golf club. She tells us what Trump's admission and his legal team's explanation could mean for the Russia investigation.

3. Will Julian Assange be extradited to the US?

Amid recent reports that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could soon be evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, ABC News Senior Investigative Producer James Gordon Meek spoke to Jennifer Robinson, one of Assange's lawyers, about what's next for her client.

"Our concern is and has always been the risk of extradition to the United States," she said. "So an assurance about protecting him from U.S. extradition and facing prosecution for WikiLeaks publications in the U.S. is our priority."

PHOTO: Julian Assange greets supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017. Frank Augstein/AP, FILE
Julian Assange greets supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017.

4. Chicago shootings spike in one day

Police in Chicago said at least 60 people have been shot since Friday at 5 p.m., including nine fatally, and more than 40 of those shootings happened on Sunday.

"Most of it is fueled by gang activity and these retribution shootings that police just can't seem to get in the middle of," ABC News' Ryan Burrow, who's based in Chicago, tells us.

PHOTO: Demonstrators protest in front of Wrigley Field before the start of the matchup between the Cubs and the Padres, Aug. 2, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images, FILE
Demonstrators protest in front of Wrigley Field before the start of the matchup between the Cubs and the Padres, Aug. 2, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois.