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Nobel-Winning Physicist Who Backed Obama: Prez ‘Dead Wrong’ On Global Warming
A Nobel laureate who supported President Obama in his first presidential campaign now says the Democratic president is “dead wrong” on global warming. Ivar Giaever, a scientist who shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics, challenged Mr. Obama in a July 1 speech at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany. “I say this to Obama: ‘Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong.’ He’s dead wrong,” Mr. Giaever said in a video of his 30-minute speech posted on the website Climate Depot, which first reported the story. His speech, “Global Warming Revisited,” came in sharp contrast to the effort by another Nobel laureate, Brian Schmidt, who introduced the Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Obama is wrong about everything.

Welcome To The Romney Primary
Mitt Romney, the man Republicans were so quick to dismiss after his failed 2012 presidential bid, is suddenly in high demand among his GOP colleagues. The former Massachusetts governor and his wife, Ann, dropped in for "a fun and informal" lunch Monday with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba, at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, following through on an invitation extended by the Bush family months ago. The meeting followed an overnight sojourn this weekend by Chris Christie and Marco Rubio at the Romney's vacation home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on the eve of their appearance in the town's July Fourth parade. The two candidates and their families joined the Romneys on their boat on 72-square-mile Lake Winnipesaukee. CNN

South Carolina Bill To Remove Confederate Flag Moves To House
The effort to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds is riding strong momentum. The governor is for it. Nearly all state senators are backing it. And petitioners are collecting signatures by the hundreds of thousands. A final Senate vote of 36-3 sent the bill to the House late Tuesday morning. The South Carolina House of Representatives voted 93 to 18 to send the Flag Bill directly to the floor and bypass committee. Sen. Kimpson tells CNN "I'm told that was the vote to bypass committee so now it goes to the floor for 2nd reading which is where the debate will take place." The House has adjourned for the day and reconvenes at 10 a.m. Wednesday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

Kenyan Leader: If Obama Brings 'Gay Agenda, We Will Tell Him to Shut Up and Go Home'
When he visits his father’s homeland in Africa later this month, President Obama is expected to run into vocal opposition over his administration’s high-profile promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. Obama’s trip to Kenya, his first as president, is scheduled to take place four weeks after the White House was bathed in rainbow colors to mark the U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that same-sex marriage is a right. At a small pro-family demonstration at the parliament in Nairobi Monday, organized by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, participants called on the American president not to raise the subject during his visit. CNS News

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Another Golf Event Drops Trump Course Due To Attack On Immigrants
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday with the announcement that a professional golfing event scheduled for October at a Trump course in Los Angeles will be moved, the latest fallout from his vitriol against undocumented immigrants from Mexico. A statement issued by Hope Hicks, Trump's campaign spokeswoman, said the real estate mogul met on Monday with representatives from the PGA of America and they agreed "it is in everyone’s best interest not to conduct the 2015 Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles in October." "Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf," Hicks said. Reuters

Only 6% Of Unaccompanied Illegal Alien Minors Sent Home Since Oct. 2011
Among the more than 111,000 unaccompanied alien children who have crossed the U.S. border illegally since October 2011, only about 6 percent have been removed to their home country by the federal government, leaving the other 94 percent still in the United States, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Director of Field Operations Philip Miller. According to Miller’s written testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, ICE has transferred about 111,250 unaccompanied children to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) since the start of fiscal year 2012, which began on Oct. 1, 2011. Unaccompanied children, often referred to as UCs, are children under 18 who crossed the border without a parent. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Madness!

Heroin Deaths Quadruple Across U.S.
Heroin use has dramatically increased across the U.S., spreading to groups it hadn't previously reached, and deaths from overdose have soared, according to a new federal report released Tuesday. Heroin deaths nearly quadrupled in the decade between 2002 and 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Rates of abuse doubled among women and went up 50 percent among men during the same time period. "Heroin use in the United States increased 63 percent from 2002 through 2013. This increase occurred among a broad range of demographics, including men and women, most age groups, and all income levels," the CDC says in its report, attributing much of the increase to users who started abusing prescription painkillers and then moved on to heroin. MSNBC

Obama Hosts Vietnam Communist Party Chief At White House
President Barack Obama said Tuesday the United States and Vietnam are deepening cooperation on health, climate and other issues, despite differences over "political philosophy." Obama spoke in the Oval Office following a meeting with the head of Vietnam's Communist Party. Nguyen Phu Trong is the de facto leader of Vietnam despite holding no official government post. The president said he and Trong had candid discussions on issues of human rights and religious freedom. Obama said he is confident the two countries can continue to improve their relationship and noted Trong's invitation for him to visit Vietnam. Following the White House meeting, Vice President Joe Biden hosted Trong for a lunch at the State Department. Las Vegas Sun

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Heck Sets Up High-Stakes Showdown With Senate Run
As the front-runner to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Rep. Joe Heck will fight for something the GOP has wanted for decades: Harry Reid’s seat. He will also vie for another major Republican goal: Retaining control of the legislative chamber. Of the 34 seats up for election this year, Nevada is at the top of the list for conservatives. Taking the elusive seat would be a critical victory in a cycle where Democrats are hoping to take at least five seats from the GOP to regain the Senate majority they lost in the 2014 midterms. A Heck victory will likely deflate those efforts — as well as delivering a crushing blow to Reid, the retiring Democratic senator who’s had the seat since 1987 — which is why national groups are mustering to influence the race. Las Vegas Sun

Negotiators Again Extend Deadline In Iran Nuclear Talks
International negotiators have extended their deadline once again as they struggle to reach a nuclear deal with Iran. Negotiators had been running up against a Tuesday deadline, after initially extending a June 30 deadline amid lingering differences. On Tuesday morning, the State Department said the new deadline is now Friday, as talks continue. "We've made substantial progress in every area, but this work is highly technical and high stakes for all of the countries involved," State Department official Marie Harf said in a statement. "We're frankly more concerned about the quality of the deal than we are about the clock, though we also know that difficult decisions won't get any easier with time -- that is why we are continuing to negotiate." Fox News
VOA VIEW: The talks and the deal have become a joke in favor of Iran.

The Battle For Control Of The Growing Breast Milk Industry
It could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than iron ore. If sold off the shelf, it could cost more than 150 times the price of a gallon of cow's milk and 15 times more than coffee. Going for as much as $4 per ounce, breast milk is a hot commodity that is emerging as a surprisingly cutthroat industry, one that states are seeking to regulate amid... Newsday

Pupil Activity May Indicate Depression Risk In Children
The amount that a child's pupil dilates when shown certain images may predict whether he or she is at risk for depression during the following two years. Researchers at Binghamton University found measuring the physical response in the eye was a biomarker indicating the chance that a depressed mother's child may be at risk for the condition as well. "We think this line of research could eventually lead to universal screenings in pediatricians' offices to assess future depression risk in kids," said Brandon Gibb, a professor of psychology at Binghamton, in a press release. UPI

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Marco Rubio: "We Need A New President For A New Age"
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio pitched himself as the presidential candidate of the future in a speech Tuesday, arguing he's better equipped than his rivals to govern a rapidly transforming and innovating America. Rubio's choice of venue for the speech - his first major domestic policy address since he announced his presidential campaign - was no accident. He spoke at 1871, an incubator for digital start-ups in Chicago. 187s is a hub of "digital innovation," Rubio said -- an organization at the forefront of what the senator referred to as today's "technological revolution." Among the apps that have sprung from 1871: Spot Hero - an app that helps you find parking right away and Options Away, which allows passengers to hold a flight at a certain price without actually booking it. One of Rubio's GOP primary rivals, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, spoke at the organization in the spring. CBS

The Story Behind President Obama Singing 'Amazing Grace' At Charleston Funeral
President Obama’s singing of “Amazing Grace” during the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed last month in a shooting at a Charleston church, has been widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful moments of his presidency. But when he first raised the idea with first lady Michelle Obama and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, it was met with skepticism. “Why on earth would that fit in?” the first lady said in reaction to the idea, according to Jarrett, who was with the Obamas as they departed the White House aboard Marine One on their way to the funeral in South Carolina. ABC

U.S. Stocks Rise After Erasing Earlier Losses Amid Greece Talks
U.S. stocks rose, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounded from a drop below its average price during the past 200 days, as speculation grew that Greece’s crisis would be contained. The S&P 500 climbed 0.6 percent to 2,081.57 at 4 p.m. in New York, after earlier falling as much as 1.2 percent. The index swung 39 points from its lowest to highest level, the biggest reversal since a 45-point move on March 18. “We’re really starting to get over the fear of Greece,” said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer of Waltham, Massachusetts-based Commonwealth Financial Network, which oversees $97 billion. “Economically it really doesn’t matter that much. It was a very real risk and pullbacks were rational. When you see a reaction to a market event and that event doesn’t seem to be having much impact at all, then that reaction can reverse very easily.” Bloomberg

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All NY Colleges To Adopt 'Yes Means Yes' Sex Assault Policy
Legislation requiring universities in New York state to adopt a uniform affirmative sexual consent policy was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday. The so-called "yes means yes" standard defines sexual consent between people as an affirmative, conscious and voluntary understanding to engage in sexual activity. It is part of a nationwide movement aimed at curbing sexual assaults on college campuses. "Why is sex assault on college campuses such a problem? Because we let it go on too long," Cuomo said at New York University, where he spoke to a crowd of the bill's supporters. The legislation expands regulations that apply only to State University of New York schools. Reuters

'Completely Disgusted': Bill Cosby Has Lost Jill Scott's Support
Jill Scott, the R&B singer who had fervently defended Bill Cosby against rape allegations, has retracted her support after testimony from a 2005 civil suit came to light on Monday. As claims against Cosby surfaced, some of his mentees became disgusted with his actions, while others defended him against attack. Jill Scott was part of the latter group. In December, Jill Scott defended herself on Twitter as others questioned her decision to support the man she called her mentor. MSNBC

Defense Secretary Carter Says Just 60 Syrian Rebels In Training
President Obama's $500 million plan to raise an army of Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State horde is falling far short of its target, attracting only a few dozen recruits to the cause. "As of July 3, we are currently training about 60 fighters," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told lawmakers Tuesday. He and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey faced skeptical lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee as they addressed the administration's strategy for fighting the Islamic State. Even after Obama said a new effort to train Iraqi fighters is starting to pick up, Carter's estimate showed how far behind they are on the Syrian side of the border. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Total waste.

Mammogram Study Suggests Breast Cancer 'Overdiagnosis'
Screening mammography in the United States has resulted in the discovery of more small cancers, however the increase in scans has not resulted in a decrease of the risk of dying from breast cancer. Rather than saving lives, researchers found in a new study that the main result of an increase in mammograms over the course of a decade was over-diagnosis and possibly harm. "This study shows that the more we look, the more you find," Joann Elmore, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, told NPR. "The more you screen, the more likely you are to detect early precancerous abnormalities like ductal carcinoma in situ and early-stage cancer." UPI News

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Obama Phones Greek Prime Minister On Debt Crisis
President Obama urged the Greek prime minister and German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone Tuesday to find a solution to Greece’s debt crisis. Mr. Obama told Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that “it is in everyone’s interest that Greece and its creditors reach a mutually-acceptable agreement,” the White House said. Mr. Tsipras gave the president an update about his ideas for “a path forward between Greece and its creditors.” Euro zone officials were meeting Tuesday with Greek leaders to discuss solutions, but Germany said there was still no basis for talks of a new bailout. The EU had urged Greece to submit fresh plans after its people rejected a draft bailout in a referendum. Washington Times

Fewer Unaccompanied Minors Apprehended At Southern Border This Year
The number of unaccompanied children from Central America arriving at the southern border has declined significantly from 2014, the head of the agency charged with caring for the children once they arrive in the U.S. told members of Congress Tuesday. The decline follows a surge during 2014 during which tens of thousands of children from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico sought to enter the U.S. along the southern border. While children from Mexico who are apprehended at the border can be immediately sent back, any child from a country other than Mexico and Canada is guaranteed a hearing in front of an immigration judge before they can be deported. CBS

Gold Falls To 15-Week Low, Silver Sags As Dollar Gains
Gold fell to a 15-week low and silver slumped to the cheapest in seven months after Greece’s economic crisis boosted haven demand for the dollar, eroding the allure of precious metals as stores of value. On the Comex in New York, gold futures for August delivery declined 1.8 percent to settle at $1,152.60 an ounce at 1:48 p.m. after touching $1,146.80, the lowest for a most-active contract since March 18. Silver futures for September delivery tumbled 5 percent to $14.969 an ounce. Earlier, the metal reached $14.62, the cheapest since Dec. 1. The dollar rose to a five-week high against a basket of 10 currencies. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is in Brussels for what could be a last chance to secure a rescue from European leaders and keep his country in the euro. In the week ended June 30, the net-long position in gold futures and options plunged 55 percent, the most since U.S. government data began in June 2006. Bloomberg

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Israel Preparing For Any Scenario With Iran
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that as the negotiations with Iran were continuing that Israel was “preparing for any scenario, determined to defend ourselves from danger.” Netanyahu, speaking at the government's annual memorial ceremony for Theodor Herzl at Mt. Herzl, quoted exiled Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf as saying that Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is “worse than Hitler.” “If he could,” Netanyahu quoted Makhmalbaf as saying, “he would destroy the world.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the film director said, was “without power, only the spokesman of the supreme leader.” Jerusalem Post

'Precipice' Awaits World Powers As Iran Talks Enter Thirteenth Day
Bound by no deadlines, but running out of patience, diplomats from world powers failed on Tuesday to resolve several outstanding issues they say are key to a reaching an historic, comprehensive deal with Iran that will govern its nuclear work. Their inability to close the agreement on Tuesday means they have missed two self-imposed deadlines in just seven days. But time is not on their side, US officials said in the evening hours, as they entered their thirteenth straight day of negotiations here in Austria's capital. One senior US administration official told a small group of reporters here that the talks were still in their final stretch, despite the fact that the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Russia and China have all departed. Jerusalem Post

US Army 'To Cut 40,000 Troops By The End Of 2017'
The US Army has largely withdrawn its force from both Iraq and Afghanistan. The US Army is planning to reduce the size of its force by 40,000 soldiers over the next two years, according to US media reports. The cost-cutting exercise will also see an additional 17,000 civilian employees cut from the army. The reported plan would see the US troop level drop to about 450,000 soldiers by the end of 2017. The US army had about 570,000 troops in 2012 at the height of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. BBC

US Cruise Company Announces Go-Ahead To Sail To Cuba
The company says it plans to offer holidays to Cuba where passengers sail there in order to volunteer. The world's largest cruise shipping company, Carnival Corp, says it has received approval from the United States government to offer trips to Cuba from Miami. The company said it was still seeking clearance from the Cuban government but the trips could start early next year. Last December Cuba and the US announced a historic thaw in relations. Americans are able to travel to the island, but only for humanitarian visits or to see relatives. Carnival says it is offering educational tours focussing on education, the environment and Spanish language courses.
The tours would cost about three thousand dollars before taxes. The news comes as the US state department expresses concern about the detentions of around 100 people in Cuba this week. BBC

Hillary Clinton To Pay 'Summer Fellows' After Reports Of Interns Working For Free
Hillary Clinton has hired eight “summer fellows” as full-time paid staffers, just weeks after the Guardian revealed that the presidential frontrunner’s campaign was using experienced political operatives as unpaid interns. The Clinton campaign is adding 20 full-time field organizers in Iowa, seeking to increase her presence and rally Democrats in the crucial caucus state, which she visited on Tuesday as her team acknowledged fears of a better-than-expected showing from the independent challenger Bernie Sanders. Guardian

Obama's Climate Plan Will Survive Even If Republican Elected, EPA Chief Says
Barack Obama’s main weapon in fighting climate change will survive even if Republicans win the White House in 2016, a key member of his administration said on Tuesday. Gina McCarthy, who heads the Environmental Protection Agency, said the carbon pollution rules that are the main pillar of Obama’s climate plan would go ahead as planned despite a “disappointing” supreme court ruling last week against another EPA rule for mercury and other toxins, and attacks on the agency’s authority from Republican-led states. “Last week’s ruling will not affect our efforts,” McCarthy said. “The EPA is committed to finalising the clean power plant plan.” Guardian

UN Health Agency Recommends Taxing Tobacco Products To Curb Deadly Global Epidemic
Only one in 10 of people now live in countries that levy taxes of more than 75 per cent on a pack of cigarettes despite the fact that raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to reduce consumption of products that kill one person every 6 seconds, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today. “Too few governments levy appropriate levels of tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products,” according to the WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic 2015 launched today in Manila, Philippines. “They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services.” Approximately one person dies from a tobacco-related disease every 6 seconds, equivalent to around 6 million people a year. UN News

After Ebola Outbreak Missteps, WHO Must Re-Establish Itself As 'Guardian Of Global Public Health' – Review Panel
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the report issued today by a panel of experts tasked to look into the agency's response to the unprecedented 2014 Ebola outbreak, which said that WHO needs to re-establish its pre-eminence as the guardian of global public health and that this will require it to make significant changes throughout, with strong political and financial support from Member States. “The Panel firmly believes that this is a defining moment not only for WHO and the global health emergency response but also for the governance of the entire global health system,” said the Report of the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel released today. “The challenges raised in this report are critical to the delivery of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all age.” UN News

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