10 things you need to know today: July 29, 2019

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is stepping down, a gunman kills several people at a California food festival, and more

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1. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to step down

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is resigning, effective Aug. 15, President Trump tweeted Sunday. Trump thanked Coats for his "great service to our Country," and said an acting director would be named soon. He also revealed that he intended to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to replace Coats. First elected to Congress in 2014, Ratcliffe is a Trump loyalist and skeptic of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Coats is a former Republican senator from Indiana, who was often at odds with Trump on important matters like whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will ever give up his nuclear weapons.

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