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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday told a congressional committee that cities needed help preventing and recovering from cyber attacks Atlanta Journal
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A lawsuit that alleges a 2020 census question pushed by the Trump administration violates minorities' rights will be sent back to a federal court in Maryland so new evidence can ... Las Vegas Sun
Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation that makes the state the 11th to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use and the second to approve it through ... Las Vegas Sun
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During an emotional meeting, a group of 9/11 first responders persuaded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday to commit to passing a bill in August to reauthorize the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund. In a moving moment, the advocates handed McConnell the badge of gravely ill, cancer-stricken police detective Luis Alvarez, who testified... New York Post
House Democrats pressed toward a vote on $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to address the plight of migrants at the southern border, as leaders moved to quell a revolt. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The bill passed is not all that is needed to but an end to the crises.
Chip makers’ deals underscore how difficult it is to clamp down on companies that the administration considers a national security threat. New York Times
VOA VIEW: There are those who may find a rude awakening.
When Taiwanese businessman Jhang Yun-nan wanted to find buyers for his company's new cleaning products in China, he turned to an unconventional channel: A Taiwanese party that advocates the unification of China with the self-ruled, democratic island. Rueters
The United States hopes to re-launch trade talks with China after President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping meet in Japan on Saturday but Washington will not accept any conditions on tariffs, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. Rueters
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit that accuses President Trump of profiting off the presidency in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause can move forward. U.S. District Judge Emmett G. Sullivan of the District of Columbia ruled against Justice Department lawyers who sought a mid-case appeal to a higher court Seattle Times
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China is suspending all meat imports from Canada amid their dispute over the Canadian detention of a top executive at the Chinese tech company Huawei. The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said in a statement on its website Tuesday that the move follows Chinese customs inspectors’ detection of residue from a restricted feed Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: It takes two to tango.
Wayfair employees are staging a walkout Wednesday after the company said it would not end its business relationship with a government contractor that has been managing migrant camps.
The show is being designed to be one of the nation’s largest displays. Washington Post
The judge in the war crimes trial of a decorated Navy SEAL has refused to find him not guilty of murder and attempted murder. The judge in the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher turned down a defense request for summary judgment on Tuesday, saying the circumstances didn't meet ... Washington Times
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LOS ANGELES — Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson enjoyed a ratings surge from the channel's solo extended coverage of President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign kickoff. Viewers watching last week's rally in Orlando, Florida, helped cable star "Hannity" earn a rare top 10 showing among both broadcast and ... Washington Times
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says Mexico's tightening of immigration controls has focused "more than anything" on regulating entries at its southern border. "We have to avoid a confrontation with the government of the United States," López Obrador said Tuesday. Mexico has deployed 6,500 National Guard members ... Washington Times
First lady Melania Trump announced her communications director Stephanie Grisham will replace Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary. ABC
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday responded to Iranian mockery by threatening to potentially "obliterate" parts of that country if it attacks "anything American." ABC
VOA VIEW: Iran is looking to start a major confrontation with the US.
Last week, Trump pulled back on a military strike against Iran for shooting down an American surveillance drone, saying he would impose more sanctions. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Iranian people will have to revolt.
The US city, home to market leader Juul, is the first to ban sales in-store and from online retailers. BBC
President Trump is lashing out at the latest woman to accuse him of unwanted sexual behavior. Columnist E. Jean Carroll said Mr. Trump assaulted her in the mid-1990s. CBS
VOA VIEW: Carroll is a figment of her own imagination.
FedEx CEO and Chairman Frederick Smith said the recent lawsuit against the Commerce Department is "separate and distinct" from the shipping incidents involving Huawei. FedEx has said those incidents were mistakes. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Little will be resolved.
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Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders is resigning, he said in a message sent to agency employees Tuesday, amid the dramatic increase in the number of undocumented migrants crossing the border and a fight over how to address it. CNN
Embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to pay for extramarital affairs with lobbyists and congressional staffers, prosecutors in California alleged in a court filing Monday. CNN
A restaurant franchisee made an impassioned argument Tuesday against the left's push for a $15 minimum wage, and saying it would force him to fire employees and could put him out of business. FOX News
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President Donald Trump will present the Medal of Honor on Tuesday to former Army Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia for his actions as a squad leader in Fallujah, making him the first living Iraq War veteran to receive the recognition. FOX News
Tory leadership frontrunner hardens position as Eurosceptics extend influence on faltering campaign Today’s political developments - live updatesBoris Johnson has hardened his position on leaving the EU “do or die” by the end of October, as hardline Eurosceptics extended their influence on his faltering campaign to be prime minister.The frontrunner toughened his Brexit stance as criticism continued over his refusal to answer questions about a police visit to his flat following a loud late-night altercation with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds. Guardian
The acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, John Sanders, is resigning and will leave his post on July 5, the agency said on Tuesday, a move that coincides with an outcry over the treatment of detained migrant children. Reuters
Package delivery company FedEx Corp beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Tuesday, but warned that U.S.-China trade tensions and the non-renewal of its contract with Amazon.com Inc would hurt its fiscal 2020 performance. Reuters
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the United States is prepared to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, but has not yet reached an official agreement to do so. UPI
The U.S. government on Tuesday announced a crackdown on operations responsible for making and facilitating illegal robocalls. UPI
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is running for president, outlined a plan Tuesday to protect polling places from hacking and voter disenfranchisement. UPI
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Good and smart point. A Massachusetts rabbi is urging his congregation to bring their guns to Shabbat — claiming their thoughts and prayers are not enough to save them during a mass shooting.
“We can’t think, ‘I’m just praying, and God will save me,’ ” said Rabbi Dan Rodkin, of Shaloh House in Boston, in an interview with WBUR. “No,” he told the radio station, “we need to take care of situations ourselves.”
Rabbi Rodkin points to the country’s recent rise in domestic extremism and hate crimes over the past few years as his reasoning for making such a demand — the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, specifically.
Synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers allegedly shouted “all Jews must die” before bursting into a Pittsburgh house of worship and killing 11 worshipers last October. There have been countless other hate crimes involving victims of the Jewish faith, including another synagogue shooting in California back in April. Neal Gold, president of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, told WBUR that he doesn’t agree with Rodkin’s idea to arm his flock, but he does see where he’s coming from.