Trump's Ukraine admission and who won big at the Emmys? The Morning Rundown

"Fleabag," an edgy, dark comedy, conquered the major comedy categories at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
Image: British actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge poses with the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series for "Fleabag" during the 71st Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Lo
British actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge poses with her three Emmy awards. Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images

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By Petra Cahill

Good morning, NBC News readers.

President Donald Trump made a major admission yesterday in the Ukraine controversy — we'll tell you all about it.

And who won big at the Emmys? Perhaps more importantly, what did they wear?

Here's what we're watching this Monday morning.


‘It was a perfect conversation’: Trump admits to discussing Biden in scrutinized talk with Ukrainian leader

President Trump on Sunday acknowledged that he discussed former Vice President Joe Biden during a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but denied that he is using the power of his office to hurt a major political rival.

"No quid pro quo, there was nothing," Trump told reporters about the call. "It was a perfect conversation."

The phone call, which is reportedly part of a whistleblower complaint, has ignited a political maelstrom in Washington.

Because the conversation between the leaders occurred while Ukraine was still awaiting $250 million in U.S. military aid, critics have raised the possibility that Trump was attempting a quid pro quo arrangement.

Trump's admission prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to issue a warning to the White House: Hand over the secret whistleblower complaint by Thursday, when the

acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is due to testify, or face a serious escalation by Congress.

Pelosi said that any further obstruction from the administration "will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation."


Emmys Awards: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Fleabag' win top honors on TV's big night

The sweeping, cinematic fantasy saga "Game of Thrones" was expected to conquer the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

But the big winner of the night turned out to be "Fleabag," an edgy and decidedly small-scale portrait of a self-destructive young British woman.

The two shows nabbed the top honors, capping off a three-hour, host-free telecast that largely avoided political humor and kept the focus on what one presenter called the "platinum age" of American television.

Here's a look at five key moments.

Missed the show? Here's how it went down minute by minute.

The complete list of winners.

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2020 campaigns get Trump administration help on cybersecurity, counterintelligence

There has been a sweeping effort by U.S. national security agencies to help campaigns of both parties protect themselves against cyberattacks, intelligence operations and physical threats ahead of the 2020 election.

Those efforts come even while President Donald Trump, fighting for another term, continues to downplay the risk posed by foreign interference in U.S. elections.

As campaigns work to safeguard their websites, databases and email systems, the federal government has been providing defensive briefings to all the Democratic campaigns that will take them, U.S. and campaign officials tell NBC News.


'Off the charts': White House turnover breaks records

The top echelon of the Trump administration has become a high-speed revolving door — with turnover in 78 percent of the positions, a new study has found.

And 31 percent of those White House "A-Team" jobs have turned over more than once, the study by the Brookings Institution shows.

"It's historic, it's unprecedented, it's off the charts," the study's author, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, told NBC News. "I've never seen this kind of turnover before."


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So what did they wear? Check out all the must-see looks from the Emmys purple carpet.

Mandy Moore was one of several stars who went for a pink-and-red color combo. Emma McIntyre / Getty Images

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