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CHICAGO (AP) — “Hundreds of people gathered outside a federal courthouse Monday as the suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinse scholar at the University of Illinois made his first court appearance since he was arrested last week.
During the nine-minute hearing, 28-year-old Brendt Christensen did not speak other than to acknowledge to the federal judge that he understood his rights. U.S. Magistrate Eric Long ordered Christensen held without bond in the kidnapping of Yingying Zhang. Authorities say facts in the case indicate the 26-year-old Zhang is dead, although her body hasn’t been found.” More here.> Abduction suspect makes first appearance in court
“Protesters gathered across the country on Sunday, calling for President Donald Trump‘s impeachment just two days before Independence Day.
Carrying signs that read ‘Dump Trump’ and ‘Make America Kind Again’, protesters chanted and marched through the streets of New York, Austin, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco and dozens of other cities. Pro-Trump supporters turned out in force, leading to clashes in Austin, Texas, where an altercation broke out. One man in a ‘Hillary for Prison’ t-shirt was pictured punching another man although no arrests were reported.” More here.> Protesters gathered in dozens of cities on Sunday, calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment
Language Warning.> Trump Supporters Invade Impeachment March San Diego
“President Trump on Monday offered to help a critically ill British child who has become a flashpoint in the U.K. debate over whether the government should have a say in individual matters pertaining to life and death.” More here.> Trump offers help for critically ill British child
“New Jersey, Maine and Illinois are all facing at least partial government shutdowns as the July Fourth holiday approaches, which could affect travel plans.” More here.> Government shutdowns in several states could keep you from watching Fourth of July fireworks in the park
“New Jersey Governor Chris Christie brushed off criticism on Monday after he was caught on camera taking a break from dealing with a government shutdown to lounge on a state beach that was closed to the public during the July Fourth holiday weekend.
When a TV show host said he could understand why people were upset by photos taken by a local newspaper that showed Christie and his family sunbathing on an empty beach, Christie responded: “Well, I’m sorry, they’re not the governor,” referring to the governor’s residence at Island Beach State Park.” More here.> Christie brushes off ‘beachgate’ saga during New Jersey shutdown
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — “Illinois’ financial outlook received a boost from a credit-rating house Monday after a dramatic vote to raise the income tax rate by 32 percent.
Fitch Ratings issued a statement noting “concrete progress on reaching an agreement to break the two-yearlong budget impasse” after the House vote Sunday night. Fitch’s announcement came despite a promise from Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto the House measure. It was approved 72-45, receiving one more vote than necessary to override a veto.” More here.> Lawmakers return to Capitol after voting to raise taxes
“California Democratic lawmakers are facing a brutal backlash from union activists and others on the left after shelving a universal health care bill – a debate that has grown so intense that lawmakers say they’ve faced death threats and other violent rhetoric.” More here.> California Dems decry ‘bullying,’ death threats from the left after shelving health bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — “The Pentagon has thrown a cloak of secrecy over assessments of the safety and security of its nuclear weapons operations, a part of the military with a history of periodic inspection failures and bouts of low morale.” More here.> AP Exclusive: US nuclear inspection results now concealed
“A hot air balloon has made an unexpected landing into a Florida pond filled with alligators on Monday, not far from Disney World. Some 16 people were on board, Fox 35 reported. One boy was rushed to the hospital after swallowing water but nobody else was hurt, according to the news station.” More here.> Hot air balloon lands in gator-infested Florida pond
“Police have made an arrest in the road rage shooting that claimed the life of a recent high school graduate in Pennsylvania.
David Desper, 28, of Trainer, Pennsylvania, is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail in the shooting of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson.” More here.> Police made an arrest in the road rage shooting of a recent high school grad in Pennsylvania
“A U.S. judge has dismissed nationwide litigation accusing Facebook Inc (FB.O) of tracking users’ internet activity even after they logged out of the social media website.
In a decision late on Friday, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California said the plaintiffs failed to show they had a reasonable expectation of privacy, or that they suffered any “realistic” economic harm or loss.” More here.> Facebook beats privacy lawsuit in U.S. over user tracking
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — “With the fight for Mosul in its final stage Monday, Islamic State militants sent female suicide bombers hidden among fleeing civilians, while Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition unleashed punishing airstrikes and artillery fire that set dozens of buildings ablaze.” More here.> With fight for Mosul in final stage, militants strike back
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — “Arab nations isolating Qatar extended a deadline Monday for the energy rich country to respond to their demands by another 48 hours, allowing its top diplomat to carry a handwritten response to Kuwait’s ruler in an effort to end the diplomatic crisis.” More here.> Qatar crisis deadline extended by 2 days as nation responds
“President Donald Trump will use fast-growing supplies of U.S. natural gas as a political tool when he meets in Warsaw on Thursday with leaders of a dozen countries that are captive to Russia for their energy needs.
In recent years, Moscow has cut off gas shipments during pricing disputes with neighboring countries in winter months. Exports from the United States would help reduce their dependence on Russia.” More here.> Trump to promote U.S. natgas exports in Russia’s backyard
“The threat posed by North Korea was a key topic in phone calls between U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of China and Japan, along with trade issues, the White House said on Sunday.
Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of expected meetings with the leaders of Asia’s two biggest economies at a Group of 20 nations summit in Germany later this week.” More here.> Trump talks North Korea threat in calls with China, Japan leaders
“U.S. President Donald Trump spoke separately to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar on Sunday to discuss his “concerns about the ongoing dispute” between Qatar and its Gulf and Arab neighbors, the White House said.
Trump, who is spending a long weekend at his property in New Jersey, spoke to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, as well as Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.” More here.> Trump discusses concern over Qatar dispute with Gulf, Arab states in calls
Economy / Stocks:
“With nearly three months to go before the end of the government’s fiscal year, the U.S. will soon hit its cap on the number of refugees allowed into the country.
Under President Trump, the number of refugee immigrants allowed into the country was cut by 41 percent, from 85,000 to 50,000. USA Today reported that the 85,000 refugees accepted during President Obama’s last year in office was the lowest total in a decade.” More here.> The US is about to hit Trump’s annual refugee cap of 50,000
SAN ANTONIO, TX (The Daily Mail) – “A Mexican cartel leader who dismembered a six-year-old girl with an axe then burned her limbs as he made her parents watch has been sentenced to multiple life sentences in an American prison.” More here.> MEXICAN DRUG LORD CHOPPED 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL TO DEATH WITH AN AXE
Commentary / Opinion:
Interesting read from The Guardian “As the president seizes on policy wins and seeks to turn the Russia spotlight on Obama and the press, some experts say liberals are in for a rude awakening.” More here.> ‘Your worst nightmare: a successful Donald Trump presidency’