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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be

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With me are political commentator James Millar

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The FT says a City of London delegation will head

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to Brussels this week to press for a post-Brexit free-trade deal.

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The Express leads with the crisis talks between EU officials over

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a surge in the number of migrants trying to reach Europe.

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The Telegraph claims the Chancellor Philip Hammond

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is at odds with other senior ministers over the funding

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The Metro says nurses are quitting the NHS in their thousands

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amid increasing workloads and plunging morale.

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The Guardian claims the UK has ditched its hope of securing a "cake

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and eat it" Brexit deal - and also shows Andy Murray

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practising ahead of beginning the defence of his Wimbledon title

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And the Mail says young drivers are being tempted into high levels

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of debt by car dealers offering them new vehicles for no money upfront.

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And finally, the Mirror says 69 refugees have drowned this year,

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while trying to reach Spain from Africa.

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OK, so a good selection of front pages there. A good evening to you

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both. James and Rachel, we will start off with the FT. And a story,

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what do you make of the latest trump saga? It is mad! We have become so

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used to him doing weird stuff but this is a story that is based on him

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having a pretend fight ten years ago, which somebody has then put on

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the Internet with a CNN logo on the head of the man he pretended to

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fight and he has re-tweeted it. CNN are not unreasonably suggesting this

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is out of order. On have said it is an incitement to violence, that he

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is winding up his supporters. Do you think his supporters would take it

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that far? What CNN are saying is that it could lead his supporters to

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then lash out physically and literally at the media? I definitely

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do think that is a possibility. I do think that anyone is saying him

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posting this as a direct threat from himself to reporters, but that has

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definitely been an escalation in the way the media is perceived in

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America. We had a Republican representative standing for election

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in Montana, who allegedly assaulted a Guardian journalist. We have had

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reporters arrested and assaulted when reporting from actual protests,

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so doing their job, and there has been an escalation rhetoric against

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the media. Every single day, if you read Donald

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Trump's Twitter feed, which unfortunately I have to for work,

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every day it is fake news media this, dishonest reporters that. That

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escalation of rhetoric does have consequences when you have

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supporters who are ever gone by that. When you would say you would

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encourage people not to look at it, why? What is so upsetting about his

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Twitter feed? There are a couple of things. One is it is sad to watch

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the man who has such a privileged and powerful position lose his

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dignity and the dignity of the office through all of that, and the

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other thing is it is very distracting. I think some of the

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main issues affecting America at the moment are the health care bill, the

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Republicans are trying and have recently failed to get through

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Congress. There are all kinds of other issues on national security,

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on Russia, that America should be confronting, and when you follow the

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day-to-day feuds which are found by Trump on Twitter, you kind of miss

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out on that. That is exactly the point, the dignity of the office.

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Six months ago, Barack Obama was in the Oval Office. You would not

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imagine him doing something as weird and pathetic really as this. Donald

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Trump has said it is modern day presidency, this is what it's all

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about. Anyway, we will stay with the Financial Times, and move onto the

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second story that has caught our attention, the City of London press

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Brussels for a post-Brexit trade deal. They are going it alone, is

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that what they are saying? Get used to it, it is Trump and Brexit, that

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is what it will be for the next two years. It is called a blueprint, it

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is an exciting way to jazz up the story. It would appear that the city

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is concerned with the way the Brexit negotiations are going or not going,

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so they will mount their own efforts to get their voice heard in

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Brussels. Will they be heard? Part of the article does say Brussels,

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however, is unwilling to discuss the future relationship with the UK

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until they have sorted out the divorce. What this story really

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shows is on both sides, there are individuals, political individuals,

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the negotiators, who are upping the rhetoric and upping the emotional

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side of it. Britain saying we will not pay or we will not stand for

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that. The EU saying we will walk away with no deal.

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Behind-the-scenes, there are businesses and business leaders who

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understand that there is an opportunity for a mutually

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beneficial deal, or at least one that is more beneficial than just

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walking away with nothing. The key line stands out from ears this is an

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example of how financial services are fearful of leaving their hands

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on the fate of the official negotiators while talks are based on

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narrow divorce related issues. Basically, they do not trust the

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negotiators not get really emotional about this, and they seem to think

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we need some kind of backroom deal to keep things from blowing up,

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essentially. And if people are wondering about this aspect of the

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City of London, it is the idea of passporting, the deals that come in

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and out. Let's put the FT to one side. It is the cod wars we will

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focus on. Britain risks return to cod wars. I do a lot of stuff about

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Brexit and the amount of times fish comes up. We did not know who 12

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months ago that fish would be such a big issue. Where it will go is

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intriguing. This is Michael Gove saying we will leave an agreement

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that is not the Common Fisheries Policy, which a lot of fish men do

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not like. It is an old agreement that allows Dutch, French, Belgian

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and German vessels to fish in what you might call our waters and allows

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us to fish in their waters as well. If we don't let them use our waters,

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we do not get to use theirs. But it is being dressed up as taking back

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control of the sea and this sea of opportunity line, the various

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fisherman's organisations' PR are doing a good job. I vividly remember

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both the Leave and Remain side chasing each other down the Thames

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in boats with signs about fishing. There was Nigel Farage on a boat and

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was it Bob Geldof following. It was a publicity stunt and it may not be

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the most important issue but it is one of the hyper emotional issues

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and going back to what I was saying before, there were all these flash

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points of issues which people get very emotional about, even if they

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are not necessarily the big economic fighters. And we have seen in the

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general election, a lot of the seats which went Tory from SNP have big

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fishing communities. This is a big issue. A subject we were just

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talking about, and the problem of the boat migrants. A meeting being

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held in Europe to try and solve this. Rachel, do you want to pick

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this up? Yes, this is the migrant crisis again. 2015 was the really

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brutal and horrific year. 12,000 migrants landed in Italy last week

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alone. The numbers are really rising as it is the summer. What this story

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is really about is that Italy and the Italian government have had

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enough. The Italian government is seeking permission or is basically

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telling the EU that they are no longer supporting the EU asylum

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seekers procedures. This is a really important issue, because it shows

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that as well as Brexit, there are a number of huge, huge issues the EU

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is facing at the moment, migration I think being the most important one.

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Whether Britain leaves all stays in the single market or not, the EU

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will have to confront these problems and they are not going away. Unlike

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Brexit, it is consecrated, however, some politicians like those from

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Ukip who are quoted in this story, seem to think it is much simpler

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than it is and they say centre the boats back to Libya. That is silly.

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It is complicated. It is horrible. James, if you can sum up what we are

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talking about on the front page of the metro. Bad news if you work in

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the NHS? It is a striking headline, nurses quitting in thousands. The

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only thing I would say is they don't seem to have figures for the numbers

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joining the NHS. If more are joining them leaving, it is not a problem. I

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suspect that is not the case. There are also issues about EU nationals

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working in the NHS and those numbers are going down as well. It is

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perhaps again a little more complex than is being portrayed in that

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headline, I think. Do you think that number could be arrested if we have

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the cap on the pay increase lifted? Nurses and the NHS are one of the

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sectors which people have been talking about. I think it will help

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with those issues of plunging morale, but it is not just about pay

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in the NHS, there is a serious funding crisis in the NHS going

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forwards, and it is a bigger picture than just pay, I think. Let's go to

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the Telegraph and our story here is the Cabinet flipped over austerity,

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oh, my goodness, austerity, here we go again! Again, it is another story

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we will get for the next few years. Splits in the Cabinet as the big

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beasts jostle for position and jostle for money as well. It looks

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like the 1% public sector pay cap will get bust. It is a question of

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when and who benefits politically. This is a really interesting story,

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both because it is about austerity which will come back again and

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again, but also this is one of the first issues which the new cabinet

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of the new parliament has really argued over, and what really comes

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across as a lot of Cabinet ministers who were maybe lying low or taking

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the party line a couple of months ago, are standing up for their

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departments and what they want. Michael Gove has said it should be

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lifted or it could be lifted. Philip Hammond has said if we have lots of

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extra spending we might need some unpopular extra taxes. So far no one

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has spoken about breaking the pensions triple lock which would be

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my personal way of dealing with that. You have Justine Greening and

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heads of departments dealing with a week Prime Minister they can come

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out of the woodwork and make their voices heard. I agree that the cap

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will get removed in some way, but regardless of how this one turns

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out, to brace yourself for many, many more battles like this. How

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this turns out will impact the battles because Theresa May could be

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weakened further by this. They want to tell people they are listening

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and that possibly will not be good enough. There is talk of waiting

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until the autumn budget to break the pay cap. That will be three or four

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months of battles and whining and she will get weaker and weaker. Very

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quickly, I want to jump ahead to the Express. This is what everybody is

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talking about. Wimbledon kicks off tomorrow. Defending his title is

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Andy Murray but he may have a lucky charm in the wings in the form of...

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Yes, his second baby Richie said is on the way. Don't think it is

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imminent! There was one question about whether he would even play at

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the last one. I suspect it will come down to his hip which seems to be

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his problem going into Wimbledon? He is playing the lucky loser from

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Kazakhstan. We are not very good at cheering somebody who actually wins

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things so I wish him all the best of luck tomorrow and I want to remind

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everyone that he has a baby on the way but Serena Williams who is not

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playing Wimbledon because she has a baby on the way, she won a grand

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slam title when she was pregnant. Yes, she is waiting to drop, as they

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say! Thank you bray much, James and Rachel. We are back at 11:30pm. The

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