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Canada Hits US With $13 BILLION Worth Of New Tariffs
Canada has retaliated against US steel and aluminum tariffs by slapping its own penalties on American exports. The Canadian government confirmed Sunday that it has imposed tariffs on US exports worth 16.6 billion Canadian dollars ($12.5 billion). More than 40 US steel products attract tariffs of 25%. A tax of 10% has been levied on over 80 other American items including toffee, maple syrup, coffee beans and strawberry jam. CNN
VOA VIEW: Canada is looking to lose a trade war with the US.

Trump Anit Abortion Supreme Court Pick 'Not Acceptable', Says Collins
As battle lines are drawn for the coming fight over Donald Trump’s second supreme court nominee, a senator who could help to decide the fate of the nomination warned on Sunday that a justice who would seek to reverse federal abortion rights protections “would not be acceptable”. “A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have,” Republican senator Susan Collins told ABC’s This Week, referring to the 1973 court decision protecting abortion rights. Guardian

How Trade Wars Turn Into Recessions
The risk of a global trade war is rising. That could sink the US economy into a recession, bringing an end to the second-longest expansion in American history. Although the economy is strong right now, businesses and investors are growing more worried about President Trump's trade crackdown. Tensions are escalating, raising the chances that the trade spat will morph into an outright trade war. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is a liberal loser.

Teacher's Unions Fight Back After Supreme Court Ruling
Gunshots ring out from the nearby hunting range across the railroad tracks in Westmoreland City, Pennsylvania, but Jason Davis is not easily deterred. “You never know what’s going happen when you knock on someone’s door,” says Davis as we get out of his car to start walking the hills of this blue-collar, Trump-supporting community in the foothills of the mountains of south-western Pennsylvania. Guardian

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Trade War Winner Is Who Loses Least As US-China Tariffs Loom
U.S. President Donald Trump’s assertion that trade wars are “good, and easy to win” is fake news if economists are to be believed. The victor in an economic war of attrition will instead be which nation loses least. The first salvos are set to be launched this week as America and China prepare to slap duties on each other, risking a spiral of tit-for-tat tariffs that imperils global growth. Bloomberg

WH Officials Who Mulled Leaving Will Stay Through Supreme Court Decision
Three White House officials who were mulling quitting their jobs are now planning to stay through the Supreme Court fight, according to a report on Sunday. White House Counsel Don McGahn, as well as Legislative Affairs director Marc Short and Domestic Policy director Andrew Bremberg have told colleagues that they’ll remain in their positions through the process to confirm Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement, ABC News reported. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Good, even if the rumors were true.

US Judge Grants Reprieve To Puerto Ricans Facing Eviction
A federal judge will hold a hearing on Monday that could determine the fate of hundreds of Puerto Ricans who fled the hurricane-ravaged island last year and are lodging in motels, after granting them a reprieve from eviction over the weekend. The last benefits of a federal aid program for Hurricane Maria evacuees from the island had been set to run out on Sunday morning, cutting off housing assistance for the group residing in state-side motels. Reuters

The Disney-Fox Deal Sails Through, A Bit Too Easily
The Department of Justice spent nearly two years investigating AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner and bringing an ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit against the deal that involved two companies not directly in competition with each other. So it was stunning when the department announced on Wednesday — just six months after the deal was announced — that it had approved Disney’s $71 billion purchase of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, one of Disney’s top rivals. NY Times
VOA VIEW: A dumb move.

Philippine Mayor Who Held Drugs War 'Walf Of Shame' Shot Dead
Mayor Antonio Cando Halili was declared dead on arrival at hospital from a single bullet wound to the chest, sustained as he and civil servants sang the national anthem in Tanauan, a city in Batangas province southwest of the capital Manila. Reuters

Trump's Pressure Against Regime Adds Strength To Iran's Largest Dissident Group
Iran’s largest dissident group is getting a fresh burst of support in its decadeslong push for regime change, as pressure builds on the Islamic regime in Tehran from the inside as well as the outside. A large, boisterous rally here over the weekend was led by the largest opposition organization in Iran of exiles, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a well-connected group that has found new prominence and influence in the strongly anti-Iran Trump administration. Washington Times

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Fate Of Supreme Court Could Ride On These 2 Senators
Sen. Susan Collins took a notable phone call Thursday as she enters the eye of the Supreme Court confirmation storm: It was White House counsel Don McGahn, sounding out the moderate Maine Republican in what she called a “preliminary discussion” of the high court vacancy. Republicans control the Senate by a single seat and Arizona Sen. John McCain has been absent for months. That means any single GOP senator has enormous sway over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick. Politico

Meghan McCain: I Will Never Forgive Trump
Meghan McCain said she will never forgive President Donald Trump for his public attacks on her father, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Meghan McCain, a co-host of The View, spoke on the president’s persistent attacks on her father at at the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library in Texas where she was accepting an award on behalf of her father. MSN
VOA VIEW: Big deal.

Sears Is Closing 78 More Stores
Sears is having a tough year. The department store chain was once the largest retailer in the United States, but has  cut its store count in half in the last five years. The company says it's  closing another 10 stores, on top of the 68 closings it has announced within the last month. The new list, which the company posted on Friday, includes Sears stores in California, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Closing sales will begin in July, and the stores will close by September. MSN

UN Rights Expert Chides US Government's 'Systematic Assault' On Welfare
That stark assessment of the social divide within one of the world’s wealthiest countries comes from UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston who will present his latest report to the Human Rights Council later this month. It’s based on his fact-finding visit to the US last December, where he travelled to California, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. United Nations
VOA VIEW: The UN is a scam.

Ex-Ministers Call On US To Recognize Israel's Hold On Golan Heights
Two high-profile former Israeli ministers on Sunday called on the Trump administration to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory and officially dismiss Syria's claim to the region. Former defense minister with the ruling Likud party, Moshe Ya'alon, and former finance minister and current opposition figure Yair Lapid penned a joint op-ed in the Times of Israel arguing that ceding the Golan to Syria would be "insanity". i24

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Gas Taxes Rise Sunday In 7 States-July 4th Holiday
Oklahoma raised its gas tax Sunday for the first time in 31 years to help fund pay raises for teachers. The Sooner State was one of seven to raise their gas taxes Sunday, which mostly fund construction projects such as roads and bridges: South Carolina, Indiana, Maryland, Tennessee, Vermont and Iowa. Nebraska lowered its gas tax. USA Today

Maxine Waters: "If You Shoot Me, You Better Shoot Straight"
Rep Maxine Waters (D-CA) is blaming a series of death threats on comments made by President Trump over Twitter, following her call last weekend for the public to form into mobs and physically confront members of the Trump administration. “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowdand you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” said Waters. InfoWars
VOA VIEW: Waters is a loud mouth idiot.

Ex CIA Chief Calls On WH Cabinet To Revolt Against Trump
Former CIA chief John Brennan on Saturday blasted President Trump for again criticizing the Russia probe as a “witch hunt.” Brennan, a frequent and harsh critic of the president, responded on Twitter to Trump’s previous tweet highlighting a poll that shows declining support for the special counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. InfoWars

Ex-Trump Aide Pushes For Hope Hicks As Chief Of Staff: Trump Will 'Listen To Women More Than Men'
President Trump’s former campaign aide said ex-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks would be the perfect choice for chief of staff because Trump will “listen to women more than men.” Sam Nunberg appeared on MSNBC on Sunday and suggested that Hicks might be returning to the White House if current chief of staff John Kelly leaves this summer, Mediaite reported. Hill
VOA VIEW:Speculation!

Ivanka Trump: I Have Chosen Not To Get Involved In The Political "Fray"
In an interview with Maria Bartiromo, special adviser to the President Ivanka Trump comments on the heated political climate, and why she chooses to stay out of it. .@IvankaTrump: "I think one of the tremendous opportunities that were seeing because the economy is so strong is that people who have been out of the workforce are coming back off the sideline." Real Clear Politics

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19 ICE Investigators Call For Agency To Be Disbanded
The massive law enforcement agency, which employs more than 20,000 people and was created in 2003 in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is responsible for both homeland security investigations (known as HSI) and for the deportation of undocumented migrants (known as ERO, for enforcement and removal operations).  Fox
VOA VIEW: There are losers in any group.

Mexico Votes After Campaign Violence
Mexicans are choosing a new president, after a campaign marred by some of the worst political violence for decades. More than 130 candidates and political workers have been killed since campaigning began in September. The presidential frontrunner is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 64, the left-wing former mayor of Mexico City who has pledged to crack down on corruption. BBC

Trump Piles Pressure On Saudis Flummoxed By Oil Price Increase
If the world’s biggest crude exporter says it’s going to ramp up production, prices usually drop. But as Saudi Arabia adds barrels before its customers get burned, prices have jumped. And Donald Trump isn’t happy. The U.S. president tweeted on Saturday that the Saudi king had agreed to raise production to cut the cost of oil for consumers. Bloomberg

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Trump Says Won't Sign NAFTA Until After Midterms
The remarks aired on Fox News' “Sunday Morning Futures” on a critical day for the U.S. relationship with its neighbors. Canada started collecting tariffs on $12.6 billion worth of U.S. products to hit back at Trump, and Mexican voters went to the polls to pick a new president, who will play a key role in shaping any final NAFTA deal. Front-runner Andrés Manuel López Obrador is known for his populist policies. Washington Post

Zero Tolerence Sowed Confusion From The Start
The government’s top health official could barely conceal his discomfort. As Health and Human Services secretary, Alex Azar was responsible for caring for migrant children taken from their parents at the border. Now a Democratic senator was asking him at a hearing whether his agency had a role in designing the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that caused these separations. AP

Leftist Landslide In Mexico
Mexico elected leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a landslide victory on Sunday, according to exit polls showing the former mayor with double-digit leads over his competitors. López Obrador, 64, mounted his third bid for the presidency with promises to rein in widespread corruption and fight poverty within the country. A former mayor of Mexico City, he will replace current President Enrique Peña Nieto and has promised to upend traditional party politics. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Bad can get worse, or can it?

Trump: Melania Saw 'The Danger' During Her Mexican Border Visit
President Trump said First Lady Melania Trump witnessed a “very sad situation” during her two visits to the Mexican border but also “saw the danger.” “She came home and told me a couple of things. She said it’s a very sad situation, very, very sad,” Trump recounted to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo ?on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “She was really impressed with border patrol, how ?professional they were. She came and said that, and she was really saddened by the plight of people.” NY Post

Katie Couric Out Of A $10 Million Per Year Job At Yahoo News
The move brings to an end a very high-profile deal that was struck by former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. She got Couric to sign with the Silicon Valley internet giant in late 2013 to become its global news anchor and launch an interview show to give the company a big-media sheen…While Couric did a series of top-level interviews with major figures — from Bill and Melinda Gates to DJ Khaled — and attracted some significant sponsors and traffic, her work was never properly surfaced on Yahoo. Hotair

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Trump: Harley-Davidson Will Take Big Hit
President Donald Trump on Sunday warned motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson that he knows its customers and that they will not look kindly on an American company moving some production overseas. "Everybody who ever bought a Harley-Davidson voted for Trump ... and they are very unhappy about it," the president told Fox Business and Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo in an interview that aired on “Sunday Morning Futures.“ "I feel that maybe Harley, I think they are going to take a big hit." Politico

Capital Gazette Reveals How Newsroom Shooting Unfolded
A memorial service Monday in Annapolis will celebrate the life of a sharp, witty, long-time journalist – and shorts will be fine, because friends say "Big Rob" Hiaasen wouldn't want anybody to be uncomfortable in Maryland's summer heat. Hiaasen, 59, and four colleagues were killed Thursday when a gunman rampaged through the newsroom of the Capital Gazette, a small daily that is as much a city institution as the sailboats that fill the harbor and the charming shops and restaurants that line the city's quaint streets. USA Today

Border Arrests Between Ports Of Entry Drop 6,000 In June
The number of migrants that Border Patrol agents caught illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico between official ports of entry dropped in June following months of record-high levels since President Trump took office a year and a half ago, according to a report published Sunday evening. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Not having catch and release is working.

A Leaked Trump Bill To Blow Up The WTO
Axios has obtained a leaked draft of a Trump administration bill — ordered by the president himself — that would declare America’s abandonment of fundamental World Trade Organization rules. Why it matters: The draft legislation is stunning. The bill essentially provides Trump a license to raise U.S. tariffs at will, without congressional consent and international rules be damned. Axios

Former Trump Campaign Adviser Identified In Dossier Sues Yahoo News
Carter Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, filed a defamation lawsuit against the parent company of Yahoo! News and The Huffington Post on Thursday over articles published alleging collusion with the Kremlin last year. The focus of the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York against Yahoo’s parent, Oath Inc., is a Sept. 23, 2016, article published by veteran political reporter Michael Isikoff. Daily Caller

Fox News Slammed For Checking Politics Of Capital Gazette
The deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., that claimed the lives of five journalists was quickly politicized by many members of the media — which is nothing new. Now, Fox News is facing a backlash after its anchor Trace Gallagher suggested that the Capital Gazette’s political affiliation could have made it a target for the attack, though he quickly dismissed the idea, saying the paper "doesn't appear very ideological." Yahoo News

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