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Nevada Marijuana Supply Running Low, State Of Emergency Declared
Nevada state officials declared a state of emergency after stores that sell recreational marijuana reported that their supply is running out just less than two weeks after the drug went on sale legally. Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev., issued the state of emergency on Friday, which will allow state officials to decide on new rules that could ease the shortage of marijuana, according to Fox 13 Now. Nevada’s Department of Taxation released a statement that said it will contemplate emergency regulations that would permit liquor wholesalers to cash in on the marijuana sales. Fox
VOA VIEW: Madness!

Kaine: Trump Jr. May Have Committed Treason
Hillary Clinton's former running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, said Donald Trump Jr. may have committed treason when he agreed to meet with a Russian lawyer under the pretense of getting dirt on Clinton. "We are now beyond obstruction of justice," the Virginia Democrat told CNN Tuesday. "This is moving into perjury, false statements and even potentially treason." Kaine's comments follow a series of New York Times reports including one story Monday on an email sent to Trump Jr. last year stating that a Russian lawyer had "compromising" information about Hillary Clinton as "part of a Russian government effort" to help the Trump campaign. President Donald Trump's oldest son tweeted Tuesday screenshots of an email exchange that he says are the emails setting up the meeting with the lawyer. That tweet came after Kaine's comment. CNN
VOA VIEW: Total madness by liberals - no treason.

Trump's Web Of Russian Ties Grows With Miss Universe Links
A controversial meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was facilitated by a colorful collection of associates who can be traced back to a Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013. The meeting adds four more characters to President Donald Trump's complex web of Russian ties, a thorny issue that has dogged the President's first months in office and has prompted formal investigations. The New York Times first reported the meeting between lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and Trump's eldest son, who was joined by Trump's campaign chief, Paul Manafort, and the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. CNN
VOA VIEW: It looks bad, but that is all - looks.

Trump Says Senate Democrats Have Confirmed Only 48 Of His 197 Nominees
President Donald Trump's first tweets on Tuesday dealt with Democrat obstructionism, the need for Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare, and his effort to bring the Olympics to Los Angeles. "The Senate Democrats have only confirmed 48 of 197 Presidential Nominees. They can't win so all they do is slow things down & obstruct!" he wrote at 7 a.m. On that same subject, President Donald Trump retweeted an item from "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday morning. The retweet quoted Mark Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, as blaming Sen. Chuck Schumer for "running an unprecedented campaign of obstruction aginst the President's nominees for high-ranking posistions in government." CNS News
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

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Pence Says ‘America Will Once Again Lead In Space’
On Thursday, July 7, Vice President Mike Pence laid out his vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the newly revived National Space Council (NSpC), saying “America will once again lead in space for the benefit and security of our nation and all of the world.” In his speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Pence mentioned the NSpC, saying, “After being dormant since 1993, I’m proud to report that the National Space Council is up and running once again. And it will be my great honor, as vice president of the United States, to serve as its chair.” On June 30, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reviving the National Space Council, which will advise and assist “the president regarding national space policy and strategy.” CNS News

Trump Jr. Emails Suggest He Welcomed Russian Help Against Clinton
Presidential candidate Donald Trump's eldest son eagerly agreed last year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have information incriminating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father, according to an email chain released on Tuesday. The emails in the chain were between Donald Trump Jr., who posted it on Twitter, and Rob Goldstone, a publicist who helped to arrange the June 9, 2016, meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, who says she is a private lawyer and denies having Kremlin ties. "If it's what you say I love it," Trump Jr. said in a June 3, 2016 email that was part of the chain arranging the meeting and that he released after the New York Times said it planned to write about their contents and sought his comment. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Hillary and Obama were the ones up Russia's a.. .

7 U.S. Troops Killed In Mississippi Crash Were Based At Camp Lejeune
Seven of the U.S. troops killed in the Mississippi plane crash on Monday were special operations forces based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Six were Marines and one was a sailor. A Marine Corps refueling plane crashed and burned in a soybean field in the Mississippi Delta, killing all 16 military members aboard in a wreck that scattered debris for miles and sent a pillar of black smoke rising over the countryside.It was the deadliest Marine crash — in the U.S. or abroad — since 2005.
The Marines said Tuesday that the air tanker was based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, and headed to California. One of the plane's stops was in North Carolina, presumably to pick up the seven commandos. The plane was scheduled to drop them and their equipment off for training at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, and fly on to a naval air field at El Centro, California. MSNBC

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Malware That Can Spy On Phone Calls Targets Android Devices
SpyDealer, a form of Android malware, can steal data from more than 40 popular mobile device apps, including Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp and the Firefox browser. According to cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks, the malicious software can spy on victims' call histories, contacts, Wi-Fi information and locations by exploiting the operating system's accessibility feature. Even more alarming - SpyDealer can answer and record phone calls, audio clips and video footage. It can also take screenshots or photos using the device's front and rear camera. Once installed, it shows no application icon. Only products running operating systems 2.2 Froyo to 4.4 KitKat are vulnerable to SpyDealer - about 25 percent of active users. But with two billion Android-based devices worldwide, up to 500 million people may be at risk. MSNBC

House GOP Allocates $1.6 Billion For Trump Border Wall In 2018
House Republicans said Tuesday they’ve included $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump’s border wall in their new homeland security spending bill, setting up fight with Democrats who have vowed to block any wall funding — even if it means sending the government into a partial shutdown. GOP leaders said the $1.6 billion fully meets Mr. Trump’s request to begin wall construction, which includes 32 miles of new border fencing in Texas, 28 miles of levee wall along the Rio Grande Valley, also in Texas, and 14 miles of replacement fence in San Diego. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It's a needed start.

Microsoft Vows To Bring Broadband To Millions Of Rural Americans
Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) on Tuesday announced an initiative to bring high-speed internet to millions of rural Americans through unused television airwaves in a long-term bet for user growth. The Redmond, Washington, technology company proposed using spectrum typically reserved for TV stations to broadcast high-speed internet to underserved U.S. locations. To start, Microsoft will commit to a five-year effort to bring broadband connectivity to 2 million underserved rural Americans. Reuters

Black Lives Matter Claims ‘Gun-Toting Racists’ Incited By NRA To Target Minorities
An ongoing media battle between the National Rifle Association and Black Lives Matter continues unabated with a new ad on the incitement of “gun-toting racists.” Anger over an NRA ad with spokesperson Dana Loesch sparked a campaign by political activists in June to have it removed from social media. In addition to a planned Women’s March on the NRA’s headquarters for July 14, Black Lives Matter has released a YouTube video criticizing cops and “racists” who may be inspired by the NRA. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dumb statement and thought.

Kushner Sought Deal For $500M Bailout From Ex-Qatari Prime Minister
White House aide and son-in-law to President Trump Jared Kushner sought and failed to obtain a half billion dollar bailout that he requested from an affluent Qatari businessman for a huge real estate project, The Intercept first reported. The Kushner Companies in 2007 bought 666 Fifth Avenue, a 41-story tower in Midtown Manhattan, for $1.8 billion in 2007. At the time of its purchase, it was the most expensive real estate deal ever in New York City. In 2015 and 2016, Kushner and his father Charles Kushner negotiated funds for refinancing the property directly with Qatar's former prime minister, billionaire Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, who is colloquially known as "HBJ," according to The Intercept. CBS

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Trump Helicopter Accident Kept Under Wraps
One of President Donald’s beloved personal helicopters was involved in an accident last month in Manhattan, but the details are being kept strictly under wraps, Page Six has exclusively learned. On June 15, a Trump chopper was involved in a crunch in Manhattan when its tail rotor hit a fence upon landing at the West Side Heliport alongside the Hudson River. Photos seen by Page Six appear to show that the rotor was completely sheared off. Witnesses say damage to the aircraft was enough to completely ground it, and it had to be hauled away for repairs. NY Post

Harvard-Grad Financier Gets 3 Years In Prison For $23M Fraud
An Ivy League-educated financier whose friends and family invested millions of dollars with her investment firms was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison after squandering more than $23 million, mostly through bad investments. Haena Park, 41, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Ronnie Abrams, who said she had about as privileged a background as anyone she had ever sentenced. “You squandered it all,” the judge said of Park, whom the government described as having dangled her Wall Street success and Harvard degree to win the trust of relatives, close friends and former classmates. The judge said she still didn’t understand how Park “could lie and steal from those you loved” by soliciting investments beginning in September 2009 in companies that prosecutors said in court papers had “impressive-sounding names like Argenta Capital GP LLC and Phaetra Capital Management LP.” Atlanta Journal

11 Places You Should Never Use A Debit Card
As the technology used by criminals gets cheaper, so does the cost of hacking to Americans’ bank accounts. In fact, the number of debit and credit cards that were exposed to hacking efforts at U.S. ATMs and stores jumped 70% in 2016, according to a report from data analytics and credit scoring company. Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO). In addition, what’s known as “card-not-present” fraud — fraudulent transactions that occur when the card isn’t physically present — is expected to cost merchants and retailers $7.2 billion by 2020, according to a report by iovation, a provider of digital intelligence for fraud prevention. Atlanta Journal

Yellen Words To Be Parsed For Clues To Rates And Her Future
When Janet Yellen delivers her testimony on the Federal Reserve's semiannual report to Congress on Wednesday, investors may listen as much for clues to her own future — and the Fed's — as they will to what she says about interest rate policy. The Fed chair is likely to repeat a message she has been sending about rates: That further gradual increases will follow the three rate hikes the Fed has made since December. She is expected to say that even though inflation has slowed further below the Fed's target level, the job market appears healthy enough to justify slightly higher borrowing costs. SF Gate
VOA VIEW: Yellen will be out in February.

Sex Ad Revelations Put Backpage Back In Congressional Crosshairs
A shocking new report says controversial classifieds site Backpage.com hired a Philippines contractor to lure customers seeking sex – indicating the company solicited and created sex ads, despite years of claims in court and to Congress that it played no role in ad content. The new trove of information – which includes emails, spreadsheets, audio files and employee manuals – from Backpage.com were revealed in an unrelated legal case and provided to The Washington Post. Fox

Measles Kills 35 Children In Europe In "Unacceptable Tragedy"
The World Health Organization says measles has killed 35 children in Europe in the last year, calling it an "unacceptable tragedy" that deaths are being caused by a vaccine-preventable disease. The figure is nearly a threefold increase since 2016, when measles killed 13 children in Europe. In 2015, it killed three. In a statement Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said the most recent death was a 6-year-old boy in Italy, where there have been more than 3,300 cases and two deaths since last June. The highly contagious virus has also caused 31 deaths in Romania. CBS

Ohio City's School Officers Will Carry Overdose Antidote
Officers patrolling public middle and high schools in one of northeast Ohio's largest cities will start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone during the coming school year. The Akron Board of Education voted 5-1 in favor of the policy Monday. Supporters say access to the antidote, also known by the brand name Narcan, could help prevent potential drug deaths amid the opioid epidemic. Only board member Debbie Walsh dissented. Walsh tells the Akron Beacon Journal ( http://bit.ly/2v6O4k7 ) she worries it sends the wrong message and gives people the idea that, as she puts it, "As long as there's Narcan, we're safe." School resource officers at Akron's six high schools and nine middle schools will carry the antidote and be trained to use it. It will be stored in the schools' health clinics. ABC

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California Bill Would Require Cops To Release Body Cam Video
A longstanding national debate about police transparency and privacy has been reignited in California with legislation that would require law enforcement agencies to release body camera video and recordings of fatal police shootings and other significant incidents. The proposal, which comes amid a push across the U.S. for body camera recordings to be released more quickly after fatal police shootings, seeks to establish a statewide policy on when body camera footage and other audio and video recordings should be released. ABC
VOA VIEW: This would open a major legal battle, if passed.

Pimco's CIO Says Trump Jr. Controversy Alters Market Outlook
News that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer described as having potentially damaging information on Hillary Clinton during last year’s presidential campaign dims the U.S. economic outlook, according to Dan Ivascyn, chief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co. President Donald Trump’s key initiatives such as a health-care overhaul, tax cuts and fiscal stimulus are less likely to win approval before the 2018 mid-term elections as controversies build, Ivascyn said. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: To believe the liberal rhetoric.

Most Republicans Say Colleges Hurt America
America's colleges are harming the country, the majority of Republicans now say. It's a strong downward slide in public opinion that, some experts fear, could exacerbate growing divides among Americans and lead to higher levels of student debt. The conclusion, from a Monday report by the Pew Research Center in Washington, based on a June survey of 2,504 adults, reflects a reversal from just two years ago, when 54 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning Americans said colleges and universities had a positive impact on the way things were going in the country. Now, 58 percent say the opposite: that higher education institutions are having a negative impact on the U.S. In 2015, only 37 percent of Republicans said that. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Most colleges are liberal.

Donald Trump Jr. On Russia Meeting: 'In Retrospect, I Probably Would Have Done Things A Little Differently'
Hours after Donald Trump Jr. stunned the political world with emails about his meeting with a Russian lawyer he believed had damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the president's son said Tuesday he should have handled things differently, but denied any ill intent. "In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently," the president's son told Fox News host Sean Hannity. "Again this is before the Russia mania, this is before they were building this up in the press." The younger Trump also said he did not tell his father about his meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya because it turned out she didn't have information about Clinton and only wanted to talk about sanctions. "It was just a nothing," Trump Jr. said. "There was nothing to tell." USA Today

Parking Pain Causes Financial And Personal Strain
Searching for parking is more painful than ever for U.S. drivers. Motorists spend an average of 17 hours a year searching for spots on streets, in lots, or in garages, according to a report issued Wednesday. The hunt adds up to an estimated $345 per driver in wasted time, fuel, and emissions, according to the analysis by INRIX, a leading specialist in connected car services and transportation analytics. USA Today

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New GOP Health Bill Likely Keeping Obama Tax Boosts On Rich
A revised Senate Republican health care bill will likely retain a pair of tax boosts President Barack Obama imposed on wealthier Americans that have helped finance his law's expansion of coverage, a leading Senate Republican said Tuesday. The two levies — one on investment income and another on the payroll tax that helps finance the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly — are among the biggest that Obama's 2010 statute imposed. Some of the money would be used to increase a fund the GOP bill would disperse to states to help insurers contain consumers' premiums and deductibles, said No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas. Preserving those taxes "seems to be where we're headed," Cornyn told reporters. He said the reworked bill will also provide $45 billion over a decade to help states combat abuse of drugs including opioids, and make it easier for states to get federal waivers to decide how to spend money under their Medicaid health programs for the poor, elderly and nursing home patients. Las Vegas Sun

US Envoy Takes Effort To End Qatar Rift To Saudi Arabia
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with his Saudi counterpart on Wednesday as he looks to end a rift between Qatar and four Arab states. His trip from Kuwait to the western Saudi city of Jiddah follows talks the previous day with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. He has also held discussions with the ruler of Kuwait, who is mediating the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and cut air, sea and land routes with it more than a month ago, accusing it of supporting extremist groups. Qatar denies the allegation. Tillerson met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on arrival in the Red Sea city. He is expected to meet with officials from the rest of the quartet later in the day before returning to Kuwait. Houston Chronicle

Trump's FBI Pick To Face Questions About Independence
President Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI faces a confirmation hearing Wednesday that will undoubtedly focus on the political tumult surrounding his nomination, with both Democrats and Republicans seeking assurances of his independence from the White House. Christopher Wray, 50, would inherit the nation's top law enforcement agency at a particularly challenging time. Trump abruptly fired predecessor James Comey, who was widely admired within the agency, during its investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election and potential coordination with the Trump campaign. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

Russia Sanctions Bill Stalled In House Amid Trump Objections (2)
Legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia is stalled in the House amid a partisan battle over whether all lawmakers should have the authority to start a process to block a unilateral decision by President Donald Trump to lift penalties. Both Democrats and Republicans said the new sanctions are a response to Russian aggression in Ukraine and efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The measure is a rebuke of Trump by limiting his ability to act unilaterally. The president has said the U.S. may never know for sure whether Russia sought to influence the election. SF Gate

Trump Storms Paris For Bastille Day
President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron may be the world's oddest of political odd couples. Far apart on climate change and immigration, the two leaders will look for common ground on terrorism and defense policy when they meet this week in Paris. The visit will gauge whether Trump and France's new leader can find consensus on critical issues including terrorism and security. The overseas trip comes as Trump is dogged by fresh controversy over his campaign's potential connections to Russia. Macron, for his part, has come out strongly against Russia's purported efforts to interfere in elections in the U.S. and across Europe. He has accused Moscow of working against his own campaign in support of his opponent, far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Las Vegas Sun

Drug Reverses Memory Failure In Brain Injury Patients
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco have used an experimental drug on mice to reverse impairments from traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury affects nearly two million people in the United States annually with one every 21 seconds. Researchers at UCSF used the drug ISRIB, which had been previously been known to enhance memory in normal mice, to improve the ability of brain-injured mice to learn and form memories on memory tests. "This is extraordinarily exciting," Peter Walter, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF, said in a press release. "We think that ISRIB may uncover an untapped reservoir in the brain that allows damaged memory circuits to be repaired." The study, published July 10 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tested the effects of ISRIB on both normal and brain-injured mice placed in a radial-arm water maze. UPI

With Global Jihadi Network, IS Is Likely Here To Stay
The Islamic State group's mix of a local insurgency and digitally connected global jihadis gives the group staying power and the means to relaunch its future, from small cells of extremists escaping the war zone in Iraq and Syria to those who never went there in the first place. The impending loss of Mosul and Raqqa cuts out the urban heart of its self-proclaimed caliphate, but the extremist organization has built-in plans to endure and has shown a degree of flexibility that will be difficult to counteract. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: It's hard to rid a cancer.

19 Aquariums Across US Part Of Effort To Reduce Plastics
Nineteen aquariums across the U.S. are partnering in an effort to reduce plastic pollution in the Great Lakes, rivers and oceans. The new Aquarium Conservation Partnership announced Monday includes Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, California's Monterey Bay Aquarium and National Aquarium in Baltimore. Shedd Aquarium officials say the Chicago tourist destination already has eliminated plastic bags and plastic straws and they're looking for ways to eliminate other single-use plastic items. Philadelphia Inquirer

Gingrich: Trump Jr. And Kushner’s Russia Meeting Was ‘Not Wise’
Newt Gingrich likened Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner to “Keystone Cops” on Tuesday for agreeing to huddle with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton in the middle of the 2016 presidential race. Speaking to the The Post after President Trump’s eldest son released emails Tuesday that documented the lead-up to his sit-down with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, Gingrich said the meeting was “not wise, but it wasn’t illegal.” “This was not a secret meeting with KGB agents. This was not a James Bond movie. This was three guys who met a lady for a meeting that was so inconsequential neither [Paul] Manafort, Kushner or Trump Jr. remembered it,” said the former House speaker. NY Post
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts - liberals.

As Russia Scandal Touches His Son, Trump Privately Rages
The snowballing revelations about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year's presidential campaign have broadsided the White House, distracting from its agenda as aides grapple with a crisis involving the president's family. The public has not laid eyes on the president since his return from Europe Saturday. But in private, Trump has raged against the latest Russia development, with most of his ire directed at the media, not his son, according to people who have spoken to him in recent days. The only comment from Trump on the matter for much of the day came in a brief statement via spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said Tuesday that the president believes his son is "a high-quality person." Tampa Tribune

U.S. Army Commander Defends THAAD Battery In South Korea
The commander of the U.S. 8th Army in South Korea defended the deployment of the U.S. THAAD battery on the Korean peninsula. Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal told reporters at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, THAAD is needed in central South Korea for strategic reasons, local news service EDaily reported. The field army, which completed its move from its former base in Yongsan, Seoul, to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, on Tuesday, is "ready to fight tonight," Vandal said at the press conference, according to Stars and Stripes. UPI

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US ENVOY FRIEDMAN, TRUSTED BY TRUMP, JOINS MIDEAST PEACE TEAM
President Donald Trump has asked his ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to join a growing task force on Middle East peace, breaking from protocol that has traditionally removed the US envoy from talks with the Palestinian Authority. Trump made the move because he trusts Friedman to represent him – a critical factor in all of the president’s decision-making, a White House official told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. But a Palestinian official on Monday said the PA does not want to host Friedman in Ramallah, reflecting the delicate politics that greet Friedman in his new role and the president at the start of his foray into Mideast peacemaking. Jerusalem Post

ARABIC'S FUTURE AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IN ISRAEL AT RISK, LEGISLATORS WARN
Elimination of Arabic’s status as an official language as is being proposed in a draft of a bill recently approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation would constitute “another nakba [catastrophe]” for Arabs, MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint List) said on Tuesday. “It will be another nakba, the nakba of our language,” he said, using the Arabic term that refers to the mass displacement of Palestinians during the War of Independence. “It would allow more degradation of Arabic in the public sphere and its disappearance from the public sphere, affecting our identity and status,” Jabareen added. Jerusalem Post

Contaminated Blood Scandal Inquiry Announced
A UK-wide inquiry will be held into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, the prime minister has confirmed. A spokesman for Theresa May said it would establish the causes of the "appalling injustice" that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Thousands of NHS patients were given blood products from abroad that were infected with hepatitis C and HIV. It's been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. Many of those affected and their families believe they were not told of the risks involved and there was a cover-up. BBC

Trump And Associates Denied Russia Involvement At Least 20 Times
On 9 June 2016, three of Donald Trump’s closest advisers met a Russian lawyer after one of them, Donald Trump Jr, was told the Russian could provide “information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]”. Over the next 13 months, the future president and associates including Donald Jr denied at least 20 times that their campaign team had had any contact with Russians seeking to influence the presidential election. On Tuesday, Trump’s eldest son published emails that revealed his participation in that 9 June meeting, which was described to him as part of a Russian government attempt to harm his father’s Democratic election rival. Guardian

Julian Assange: I Urged Trump Jr To Publish Russia Emails Via WikiLeaks
Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, has claimed that he contacted Donald Trump Jr and tried to persuade him to publish emails showing he was eager to accept sensitive information about Hillary Clinton via the anti-secrecy website. Instead, the US president’s eldest son did so via Twitter, igniting a firestorm of criticism around his apparent willingness to work with the Russian government against his father’s Democratic rival. “Contacted Trump Jr this morning on why he should publish his emails (i.e with us),” tweeted Assange, who is based at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. “Two hours later, does it himself.” Guardian

'I love It': Donald Trump Jr Forced To Publish Email Exchange With Response To Offer Of 'Kremlin' Information On Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump Jr has published a series of emails which detail how he came to meet a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton. The emails spell out that Mr Trump Jr met the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, expecting that she would provide him with information, from the Kremlin, to harm Mrs Clinton. Mr Trump Jr said that he was releasing the emails "in order to be totally transparent" - but The New York Times said that they had obtained the emails and told Mr Trump Jr they were to be published. He then pre-empted the newspaper. The emails contradict his assertions on Saturday that he initially believed he was meeting her to discuss American adoptions of Russian children. Telegraph

Aid Agenices In Yemen Forced To Shift Resources From Fighting Hunger To Cholera – UN
 Unless the international community contributes $200 million to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, the United Nations humanitarian arm will be forced to “reprogram” more resources tagged for malnutrition in the country already facing famine, a senior official today said. “This unprecedented cholera epidemic would further weaken the resources, and the resilience that people had had over the last two and a half years of this war,” Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, told journalists in Geneva. There were now 313,538 suspected cases of cholera and 1,732 deaths, according to figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). UN News

Eleven Global Banks Partner With UN To Make Financial Markets More Climate Transparent
Representing over $7 trillion, eleven major financial institutions around the globe have joined forces with the United Nations to promote climate transparency in financial markets, the Organization’s environment wing said today. According to a news release by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ANZ, Barclays, Bradesco, Citi, Itaú, National Australia Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Santander, Standard Chartered, TD Bank Group, and UBS have jointly committed to develop analytical tools and indicators to strengthen assessments and disclosures of climate-related risks and opportunities. “The message from financial heavyweights is clear – climate change poses a real and serious threat to our economy,” said Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UNEP, in the release. UN News

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