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Roe at risk? Democrats begin their battle to block Trump’s Supreme Court pick 11
Majority of D.C. Council moves to overturn the tipped-wage initiative 8
‘Everyone is safe’
Critics say the growing cashless trend among D.C. restaurants is unfair to poor people, undocumented immigrants and those who just prefer paying with greenbacks 4
France into final THINKSTOCK/EXPRESS ILLUSTRATION
A no-cash backlash
Rescue of Thai soccer team from a flooded cave ends in triumph 15
Dazzling World Cup run continues with a 1-0 win vs. Belgium 18 am
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CLEAR-HEADED: Sophia the Robot is seen on stage Tuesday before a discussion by Hanson Robotics about Sophia’s multiple intelligences and artificial intelligence at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong.
Someone buy this desperate man a few months of Dollar Shave Club
Relatable mountain goat just really, really needed his salt fix
The moral here: Homeowners associations are truly terrifying
Police in Braintree, Mass., say they’re seeking the public’s help tracking down a man accused of stealing more than $1,000 in razors from a Stop & Shop on Friday night. The police department asked on Facebook for anyone with information on the suspect to contact police, or for the suspect to turn himself in. The post says the police will give the smooth criminal a “big internet high five” for doing the right thing. (AP)
A Vail, Colo., woman had an unforgettable encounter while hiking, CBS Denver reported Sunday. Ashby Capito had stopped for breakfast when a mountain goat approached and began licking first her backpack and then her hat. Capito posted video to Instagram of the fearless animal attacking the brim of her baseball cap with evident relish. A spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife noted goats love the taste of salt. (EXPRESS)
When a Hudson, Fla., man had a heart attack while laying sod in his yard, first responders went the extra mile. Melissa and Gene Work were rushing to finish the yardwork to avoid a fine from their homeowners association. Melissa Work said her husband was so worried that on the way to the hospital, he begged her to keep the grass alive. After leaving them at the hospital, firefighters went to their home and finished the job. (AP)
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An unlikely career change ESPORTS It’s hot and muggy outside, but fortunately this basketball game is indoors. One player, “Boo,” is particularly chatty, talking his team through an intense weekday scrimmage. “Good ‘D’ there,” he calls out. “Got to get a stop. … All right, good board. … Yo, everybody stay home on your shots.” Even as the score tightens and the players look winded, he never breaks a sweat. Austin “Boo” Painter plays basketball five days a week alongside his teammates, all lined up against one wall, all facing oversized screens and holding video game controllers. Painter is the leading scorer for Wizards District Gaming, which is in the midst of its inaugural NBA 2K season, a fledgling league that’s backed by the NBA. The upstart is trying to capitalize on the esports explosion — and in the process the new NBA 2K League has helped carve out unlikely career paths for sports gamers, perhaps few
RICKY CARIOTI (THE WASHINGTON POST)
He quit a job at the State Department to play video games
Boo Painter, 24, is a professional gamer for Wizards District Gaming.
as improbable as Painter’s. The 24-year old from Stanley, Va., graduated from Old Dominion last spring. He almost immediately accepted a job with the State Department, underwent two months of training, received his security clearance — and then walked away from it to play video games full time. “I get housing, everything’s paid for, and I get a good salary,” Painter says, by way of explanation. “I mean, I’m playing video games every day.”
“Yeah, I loved working at State. ... But it’s a stressful environment. Why not go and take a chance at this and see where it goes?” AUSTIN PAINTER, on why he left a job with a security clearance at the State Department to play in the NBA 2K esports league
In February, he was one of 72,000 gamers who participated in a combine. And then in April, he attended the league’s draft in New York, where the Wizards made him a second-round pick. Painter quit his government job May 9 and signed his NBA contract a week later. “I’ll never forget telling my family and seeing the look on their faces,” he said. “It was like, ‘You think you’re going to do what now? You think someone’s going to pay you to play video games all day?’ ” Now, he has what is essentially a 9-to-5 job, reporting each day to the Wizards District Gaming facility in Chinatown, where he sits with teammates and plays one NBA 2K game after another, prepping for the weekend competition in New York. Grant Paranjape, the director of esports for Monumental Sports, which owns the Wizards, estimates that only about 10 percent of the league’s 102 players have graduated from college or had embarked on professional careers. “The guys I used to work with, they were all behind it, like, ‘I would definitely leave this job and go play video games,’ ” Painter said. RICK MAESE (THE WASHINGTON POST)
Md. stuntman replicates Knievel stunts Honoring the man who paved the way for dozens of daredevils, Maryland stuntman Travis Pastrana succeeded in replicating three of Evel Knievel’s iconic motorcycle jumps in Las Vegas over the weekend. Wearing his own Knievel-like costume, Pastrana used an Indian Scout FTR750 to jump 143 feet to clear 52 crushed cars; jump 192 feet over 16 Greyhound buses; and jump 149 feet to clear the fountains at Caesars Palace. “This was definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done,” said Pastrana, who lives outside Annapolis. (AP)
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Is cashless king in D.C.? As restaurants stop taking bills, a backlash is building. But will the city intervene?
City posts first ‘Code Red’ day in past six years
JAHI CHIKWENDIU (THE WASHINGTON POST)
THE DISTRICT Aaron Bateman pulled out a few bills to pay for a taco lunch in the nation’s capital. To his surprise, his money was no good in the city where money is printed. Surfside, a 24-hour Mexican eatery in Dupont Circle, doesn’t take cash. No cash means no register for robbers to empty out, no bills for workers to slip into their pockets and no change-counting holding up lines. The global cashless movement has reached D.C., where a growing number of fast-casual establishments and other spots are saying no to greenbacks in favor of plastic and mobile payments. Soon, they may be breaking the law. Critics of no-cash policies say they shut out the 1 in 10 District residents who don’t have bank accounts and undocumented immigrants who can’t easily sign up for cards. Some people also pay in cash so they can better track their spending or to avoid having their card information stolen. Heeding these concerns, several lawmakers in the District have introduced a bill to require retailers to accept cash. “By denying the ability to use cash as a payment, businesses are effectively telling lowerincome and younger patrons that they are not welcome,” said D.C. Council member David Grosso, I-At Large. His bill is among the pockets of resistance forming against the cashless trend, which has taken hold in countries such as Sweden and India where mobile payments are gaining popularity. Similar legislation was unsuccessfully introduced in Chicago
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There’s a growing backlash against D.C. restaurants like Sweetgreen, above, that have stopped accepting cash.
last year. Companies going card-only say it makes good business sense. Washington restaurateur Bo Blair decided to experiment with going cashless when he opened Surfside in Dupont Circle in 2015. Usually, cost-conscious small businesses operate cash-only to avoid card processing fees. But cash also has hidden costs, Blair said: Armored vehicles taking money to banks. An extra hour for workers to close out the register. Employees swiping money from the till. And some of his places had been robbed. “Not having to worry about employees stealing or getting robbed is a huge lift off our minds,” Blair said. Bateman, who tried to pay in cash at Surfside, said he was lucky his girlfriend brought her debit card with her so they could pay. The 22-year-old Norfolk, Va., cook, who was on vacation, said he likes paying in cash so
The proportion of households nationwide that had no checking or savings accounts in 2015, according to the most recent federal survey. It was more than twice as high for African-Americans and Latinos. About 11 percent of D.C. residents did not have bank accounts in 2015. (TWP)
he doesn’t have to constantly check his bank account to avoid overdrafts. “You have your money in your hand and know what you can do with it,” Bateman said. “It’s a little bit better money management, unless you are on top of your account like every five minutes.” Other restaurateurs say refusing to take cash is disrespectful
Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer, 79, released from hospital after treatment for pneumonia
to their customers. “Not everybody is able to buy a smartphone,” Amsterdam Falafelshop owner Arianne Bennett said in an email. “Not everybody is in a position where they can get a credit card. Not everybody is even in a position where they have a stable bank account to be able to use the debit card. But they are hungry too, and have $10 in their pockets and they would like to spend their legal American form of tender, known as cash, with you. “As society and technology evolves,” she said, “we must ask ourselves always, not just ‘Can we?’ But ‘Should we?’ ” An Amsterdam Falafelshop franchise in the Boston area went cashless in 2016, but the company intervened a month in. Instead, the franchise put up signs on its counter advising, “While we prefer digital methods of payment, we will of course accept your cash.” FENIT NIRAPPIL (THE WASHINGTON POST)
D.C.’s improving air quality in recent decades is one of its great environmental success stories. But on Monday, the pollution level climbed into the “unhealthy” range for the first time in six years, showing there is still work to be done to clean up the air. Monday’s dirty air, rated Code Red, may come as a surprise since skies were clear and the humidity was low. But it also marked the third day in a row without much wind. When the air is stagnant, pollutants tends to collect and remain in the atmosphere. Elevated concentrations of ground-level ozone were the culprit for the unhealthy air, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) said. As stagnant air lingered Tuesday, the COG issued a Code Orange air quality alert, which is one step below Code Red. Code Red alerts indicate the air is unhealthy for everyone; Code Orange alerts signify that sensitive groups, particularly children, older adults and those with respiratory issues, may experience adverse health effects. Pollution levels have settled at relatively low levels for the past five years — averaging 11 unhealthful Code Orange or Code Red days, compared with an average of 52 in the previous 16 years. JASON SAMENOW (TWP)
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local Joint complaint accuses company of lying and falsifying documents TRANSPORTATION Virginia and the federal government sued a concrete manufacturer Monday, alleging that it lied and falsified documents in connection with panels it manufactured for the second phase of Metroâ€™s Silver Line that were later found to be defective. In the joint complaint, attorneys for the Justice Department and the state of Virginia allege
that Universal Concrete Products of Stowe, Pa., knowingly provided precast concrete panels that did not meet contract specifications, skirted quality-control requirements and then falsified records. Attorneys also said that Universal Concrete management learned of the alleged falsification in February 2016 but fired a company official who was pushing for an internal audit. They allege that the fabrication persisted for another year. The pattern of records falsification began before October 2015 and lasted until at least February
KATHERINE FREY (THE WASHINGTON POST)
U.S., Va. sue Metro concrete maker
Concrete used in panels for Phase 2 of Metroâ€™s Silver Line in Virginia was found to be defective.
D.C. Del. Norton seeks meeting with National Zoo over enhanced fence, checkpoint proposals
2017, the lawsuit says. Universal Concrete manufactured more than 1,500 panels used to build exterior walls at five of the six new stations for Phase 2 of the project, which will extend the Silver Line to Dulles airport and into Loudoun County. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is overseeing the construction of the $5.8 billion Silver Line, and the federal government has provided nearly $2 billion in loans for the project; the state of Virginia has provided more than $300 million in funding. FAIZ SIDDIQUI AND LORI ARATANI (THE WASHINGTON POST)
The amount the National Park Service has committed to preserve over 200 acres of Civil War battlefields in Virginia threatened by development. The recent grants include $910,500 toward the purchase of 2.25 acres at Opequon battlefield in Winchester and $519,515 to help buy 166 acres at Second Manassas battlefield in Prince William County. (AP)
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Tipped-wage fight continues
Man sentenced to life in 1991 killings of three
THE DISTRICT A majority of the D.C. Council on Tuesday backed repealing a ballot measure approved by voters last month that would force businesses to pay more to servers, bartenders, bellhops and other hourly workers who depend on tips. Seven of the council’s 13 members co-introduced a bill overturning Initiative 77, which was passed by 56 percent of District voters in June’s primary election. The initiative would stop businesses from counting the tips received by employees toward the minimum wage they must earn under law. D.C.’s minimum hourly wage is now $13.25 and on track to reach $15 by 2020. Prior to Initiative 77, employers were allowed to pay tipped workers just $3.89 per hour if tips made up the difference. Initiative 77 was backed by liberal activists and some workers, who argued that some workers did not receive enough in tips to earn the minimum wage, and their employers failed to fill the gap. The ballot question was strongly opposed by the city’s restaurant industry and some servers who said it would raise labor costs and force businesses to cut jobs, reduce hours or even close. The restaurant association began lobbying for repeal just moments after votes were counted on election night.
BILL O’LEARY (THE WASHINGTON POST)
Majority of D.C. Council supports overturning bill passed by voters
Lauren McGrath of DC9 makes a sign Monday in the Wilson building with others who oppose Initiative 77.
The repeal bill’s backers were Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, D, and council members Jack Evans, D-Ward 2; Brandon T. Todd, D-Ward 4; Kenyan McDuffie, D-Ward 5; Anita Bonds, D-At Large; Vincent C. Gray, D-Ward 7; and Trayon White Sr., D-Ward 8. “Initiative 77 passed in every single one of these Council members’ districts,” Jeremy Slevin, director of antipoverty advocacy at the Center for American Progress, said on Twitter. “How do they explain to their constituents who elected them that they openly ignored their votes?” Diana Ramirez of the Restaurant Opportunities Center DC, which sponsored the initiative,
Fate of D.C. General Advocates for the homeless seeking to delay demolition of an aging family shelter on the former site of D.C. General Hospital suffered a setback Tuesday, as the D.C. Council approved a significantly weakened version of a bill addressing their concerns. The bill requires that the mayor report weekly on the results of lead and asbestos testing at the megashelter and that all remaining residents are relocated to “safe, appropriate housing.” The original legislation called for a halt to all demolition, and barred District officials from relocating any families in the shelters to the budget hotel rooms frequently used for homeless families. (TWP)
called the council’s repeal effort “flat-out voter suppression.” With the council about to break for a summer recess, the repeal legislation will not advance until the fall. It was nevertheless an ominous development for supporters of Initiative 77, who have suggested they may be willing to compromise with opponents rather than face a total repeal. The council has overturned successful ballot initiatives at least four times since the 1980s. In 1996, lawmakers reversed a 1992 initiative that tightened limits on local campaign contributions; in 2001, they overturned a measure that established term limits. PETER JAMISON (THE WASHINGTON POST)
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Illegal chess moves leave cars damaged
Chess is played with life-size pieces on the rooftop deck of an apartment building near Union Station. On Monday, some people decided to throw the pieces over the roof line, causing damage to vehicles below, according to D.C. police, who said the incident unfolded at the Senate Square apartment building. At least three vehicles sustained windshield damage, according to a police report. Police said at least four people were involved. No one was hurt in the incident. The vehicles had about $1,000 worth of damage. (TWP)
Man bitten by venomous copperhead snake Monday in Maryland’s Rock Creek Regional Park
Nearly three decades after the execution-style killings of two men and a woman at a D.C. park, a 47-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison. Benito Valdez was sentenced to 94 years to life in prison on Monday after a jury convicted him in the 1991 deaths of Curtis Pixley, 29, Keith Simmons, 26, and Samantha Gillard, 23. The killings had remained unsolved until 2016, when four witnesses emerged, identifying Valdez as the killer. A witness testified that Valdez killed the three when Pixley didn’t hand back a $20 rock of crack cocaine during a drug buy. (AP) BALTIMORE COUNTY
County exec candidate to request a recount A candidate in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive says he’ll file a request for a recount. State Sen. Jim Brochin lost the race by nine votes to former state delegate John Olszewski Jr. The request was set to be filed late Tuesday or today. A recount could begin by Thursday. In Montgomery County, Councilman Marc Elrich was declared the winner of the Democratic primary for county executive on Sunday. But businessman David Blair is considering a recount request as he lost by just 80 votes. (AP) VIRGINIA
Environmental violations found at Va. gas pipeline Regulators in Virginia are citing the Mountain Valley Pipeline project for environmental violations they say include the improper release of sediment into waterways. The Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday that it had issued a notice of violation to the natural gas pipeline. Other alleged violations include failing to follow approved erosion and sediment control plans. The notice of violation could result in civil fines. (AP)
D.C. Council chairman pulls controversial noise amplification bill before vote
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40-year-old exam: Assessing state of inspectors general mission. The most recent example is the naked attempt by the acting secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs to control, if not intimidate, its inspector general. Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke tried to pull rank over VA Inspector General Michael Missal after his complaint that the VA’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection was not providing requested information. In a letter to Missal last month, O’Rourke said the IG appears “to misunderstand the independent nature of your role and operate[s] as a completely unfettered autonomous agency. You are reminded that OIG is loosely tethered to VA and in your specific case as the VA Inspector General, I am your immediate supervisor. You are directed to act accordingly.” It is O’Rourke who misunderstands the IG’s role and independence, as a flurry of bipartisan criticism let him know. Rep. Tim Walz, Minn., the top Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said, “Never before have I seen such an explicit attempt by a senior government official to curtail an active IG investigation.” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.,
Determining who is the first to go in layoffs Q. Is it true that when the government has a layoff, younger employees always lose their jobs first? ALEX WONG (GETTY IMAGES)
Turning 40 is a good time to examine life, and that’s what is being done for the government’s inspectors general. There’s a flurry of activity this week, three months before the anniversary of former President Jimmy Carter signing the Inspector General (IG) Act in October 1978. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) will hold a daylong conference on Capitol Hill today to examine “40 years of excellence in independent oversight.” Two goodgovernment groups issued reports Monday in observance of the anniversary. Inspectors general are an odd sort in terms of their place in government. They are part of the agencies they serve, yet stand apart as they investigate their colleagues and probe waste, fraud and abuse in the same agency. Nominally under top political leadership, they often must find fault with the programs and policies the agency leadership promotes. It can be a tricky situation that can threaten the independence critical to the IGs’
Michael Missal, inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs, got in a dispute with the acting secretary over whistleblower records.
chairman of the Senate VA committee, said he supports “the independence of the Office of the Inspector General.” The Senate responded with a unanimous vote to prohibit the VA from any spending that would block the IG’s access to department records. Few agency heads are as open in their hostility to IG independence as O’Rourke was, but that case is not alone. IG independence is crucial, but “we believe the more pressing systemic problems are the endless IG vacancies and the meaningless reporting
requirements mandated by Congress in their semi-annual reports,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). Out of 73 IG positions, appointed either by the president or an agency head, 13 are vacant, a POGO report said. “The vacancies are frankly predictable,” Brian added, “given that no President relishes filling up the executive branch with devoted junkyard dogs.” Follow Joe Davidson on Twitter @joedavidsonWP
Agencies will now hire administrative law judges
Federal administrative law judges will be hired directly by individual agencies, rather than from a central pool of candidates, under an executive order issued Tuesday by President Trump. The order is a response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a challenge to the authority of an administrative law judge based on how government hires for those positions. Administrative law judges conduct trial-like hearings within federal agencies in disputes over decisions such as claims for benefits and enforcement actions against individuals or businesses. (TWP) FBI agent accused of dropping and firing gun while dancing in Denver can carry work weapon again
A. When cutting jobs, agencies typically first eliminate positions that are already vacant and try to create more vacancies through early retirement and buyout incentives. If that doesn’t meet the need, they must follow a complex process called reduction in force (RIF). The RIF process involves several steps to determine who stays or goes. For most agencies, the first is to give preference to employees with “permanent” positions over those with time limits; then veterans over nonveterans; then by length of service, with performance ratings used to add time to actual service. The result is that, all else being equal, those with fewer years of federal employment — who are typically, but not always, younger — are the first to go. The exception is the Defense Department, where performance ratings have been the first factor since early 2017, under rules that apply there only. However, the White House recently ordered that the rules be revised government-wide for other agencies to elevate performance over length of service. Exactly how that will be done is yet to be decided. ERIC YODER (TWP)
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Democrats prepare to fight Schumer: I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh ‘with everything I’ve got’
Trump: Putin will be easiest meeting of trip
EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT DONALD TUSK, addressing President Trump’s repeated criticism of European allies
FOREIGN AFFAIRS President Trump launched a weeklong Europe trip Tuesday with harsh criticism for NATO allies and predicted the “easiest” leg of his journey would be his scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As he departed the White House, Trump did little to reassure allies fretting over the risk of damage he could do to the 69-year-old trans-Atlantic mutual defense pact and his potential embrace of Putin during a summit in Helsinki. Trump said he “can’t say right now” if Putin is a friend or foe, but called him a “competitor.” The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to boost Trump’s candidacy, and warns of further attempts at interference. Speaking to reporters before leaving for Brussels, where he is to attend the NATO summit, Trump criticized the pact, saying, “Frankly, it helps them a lot more than it helps us.” Trump has been pressing NATO countries to fulfill their goal of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense by 2024. Trump’s Europe trip will end with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin. He said that of the high-stakes meetings of his trip, “Putin may be the easiest of them all.” The encounter will be closely watched to see whether Trump will rebuke or embrace Putin, who has repeatedly denied allegations of election meddling.
as Trump heads to Europe for a NATO summit meant to showcase the West’s unity and resolve to counter Russia
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POLITICS Senate Democrats, backed by an array of progressive activist groups, launched an all-out blitz Tuesday to defeat President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., set the tone in a morning interview on CBS News, highlighting Kavanaugh’s potential opposition to a constitutional right to abortion under Roe v. Wade and subsequent Supreme Court rulings on the issue, as well as his judicial record opposing the 2010 Affordable Care Act. “I will oppose him with everything I’ve got,” Schumer said. “This nominee will repeal Roe and women’s reproductive freedom, will repeal ACA — far against what the American people want. When they learn this, they’re going to oppose the nominee.” But fierce Democratic opposition alone will not be enough to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Republicans hold a majority in the Senate with 51 seats, which would be sufficient to put him on the high court if all GOP senators support him. Democrats and progressive groups are instead hoping to put pressure on two moderate Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, seizing on their past
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic senators discuss their plan Tuesday at the Supreme Court.
support for abortion rights and their votes last year to reject a bill that would have repealed key parts of the ACA. Both senators issued noncommittal statements after Kavanaugh’s nomination Monday, saying they looked forward to meeting him and reviewing his personal and judicial record. Collins praised Kavanaugh’s “impressive credentials” but promised a “careful, thorough vetting,” while Murkowski pledged to conduct a “rigorous and exacting” review. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., praised Kavanaugh on Tuesday as a wellqualified and ideologically appropriate pick for the high court. He accused Democrats of knee-jerk
opposition to his nomination — “throwing independent thinking out the window.” “This was, in some cases, quite literally a fill-in-the-blank opposition to the nominee,” said McConnell, who in 2016 refused to fill the Supreme Court seat opened by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death until after President Barack Obama had left office. Whether Senate Democrats will stay united in opposition to Kavanaugh is in question. Ten incumbent Democrats are seeking re-election this year in states that Trump won in 2016, and three of them — Joe Donnelly, Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., and Joe Manchin III, W.Va. — voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee.
“I have no doubt that many members of Congress and outside groups will announce how they stand on the nominee before doing their due diligence and instead just take a partisan stance — but that isn’t how I work,” Heitkamp said. In the background, a constellation of liberal activist groups promised Tuesday to mobilize their members and pressure both Republicans and Democrats to oppose Kavanaugh. They are set against a well-established network of conservative organizations doing the same to promote Kavanaugh’s confirmation, led by the Judicial Crisis Network, which has pledged to spend $10 million on the coming battle. MIKE DEBONIS (THE WASHINGTON POST)
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At least 15 people killed in two separate attacks by militants in Afghanistan
China’s Xi Jinping pledges more than $23 billion in loans, aid to Arab nations in push for influence
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Federal court deadline sees dozens of kids released from ICE hubs IMMIGRATION Lugging little backpacks, smiling immigrant children were scooped up into their parents’ arms Tuesday as the Trump administration scrambled to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite dozens of youngsters forcibly separated from their
families at the border. In Grand Rapids, Mich., two girls and a boy in temporary foster care were reunited with their fathers at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement center. The three fathers, all from Honduras, were “just holding them and hugging them and telling them that everything was fine and that they were never going to be separated again,” said immigration lawyer Abril Valdes. The Justice Department said
PAUL SANCYA (AP)
Reunions begin for split families Ever Reyes Mejia of Honduras carries his son Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
more than 50 children under age 5 could be back with their parents by the end of the day, the largest single effort to undo President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy of separating families
Tropical Storm Chris reaches hurricane strength in Atlantic while moving away from U.S. coast
crossing the Mexican border. Government attorneys, meanwhile, told a federal judge in San Diego that the Trump administration would not meet the deadline for 20 other children
under 5 because it needed more time to track down parents who have already been deported or released into the U.S. The administration faces a second deadline — July 26 — to reunite perhaps 2,000 or so older children who were also separated from their families at the border. Authorities said most of the parents would be released into the U.S. from immigration detention centers, and the children would be freed from government-contracted shelters and foster care. The adults may be required to wear ankle monitors while their cases wind through immigration court, a process that can take years. ELLIOT SPAGAT AND MIKE HOUSEHOLDER (AP)
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Suicide bomber kills 12 in attack on election rally in Peshawar, Pakistan
Widow of Nobel winner finally is granted freedom
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Facebook gets its first fine in Cambridge Analytica case
China allowed the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to be freed from house arrest and leave for Berlin on Tuesday, ending an eight-year ordeal that drove the poet into depression and drew intense criticism of Beijingâ€™s human rights record. The release of Liu Xia, who was never charged with a crime, was the result of years of campaigning by Western governments and activists and came just days before the one-year anniversary of the death of Liu Xiaobo, a dissident who was serving an 11-year prison sentence for inciting subversion. (AP)
Spainâ€™s Supreme Court on Tuesday stripped six prominent Catalan politicians of public office for trying to make the northeastern region of the country independent. Judge Pablo Llarena also ruled in Madrid on Tuesday that the six secessionists be sent to trial on charges of rebellion, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years. Those charged include former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who is fighting extradition from Germany, and former regional Vice President Oriol Junqueras. Llarena left it up to the Catalan regional parliament, where the defendants now are lawmakers, on whether to replace them. (AP)
Facebook is staring down its first fine for allowing Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data about millions of people, potentially opening the door for governments around the world to slap the social media giant with tougher penalties and stricter regulation. On Tuesday, U.K. watchdogs announced a $664,000 preliminary fine â€” the maximum amount allowed â€” after finding Facebook lacked strong privacy protections and overlooked critical warning signs that might have prevented Cambridge Analytica from trying to manipulate public opinion on behalf of clients around the world. (THE WASHINGTON POST)
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SALEM, ORE. Two imprisoned ranchers who were convicted in 2012 of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon will be freed after President Trump pardoned them on Tuesday. The move by Trump raised concerns that others would be encouraged to actively oppose federal control of public land. The imprisonment of Dwight and Steven Hammond prompted the armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016, led by two sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife, noted the Hammonds were convicted of arson, a serious crime. “Whatever prompted President Trump to pardon them, we hope that it is not seen as an encouragement to those who might use violence to seize federal property and threaten federal employees in the West,” Clark said. The dozens of armed people who occupied the refuge near the Hammond ranch for 41 days said the Hammonds were victims of federal overreach. They changed the refuge’s name to the Harney County Resource Center, reflecting their belief that the government has only a limited right to own property within a state. Bundy and his sons Ammon
Rancher Dwight Hammond, who was convicted of arson on federal lands, was pardoned Tuesday.
and Ryan faced trial themselves after an armed standoff at their Nevada ranch in 2014 that was sparked by land-grazing fees.
A federal judge in January dismissed the charges against them. Cliven Bundy said he was glad Trump pardoned the Hammonds. “Finally, an elected official did something,” Bundy said. “He can’t give them back their life. They’re going to go back to ranching and put their lives together the best they can.” The Hammonds were convicted of crimes that require a mandatory minimum jail sentence of five years. A judge, however, initially gave Dwight Hammond three months and his son Steven Hammond a year and a day behind bars. In October 2015, a federal appeals court ordered them to be resentenced to the mandatory minimum.
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Southwestern Japan cleans up after floods; at least 155 dead
Scientists at the Australian National University said this week that they have discovered the world’s oldest color, extracting bright pink pigments from 1.1 billion-year-old rocks found beneath the Sahara desert in Africa. A news release said that the colors were more than half a billion years older than previous pigment discoveries. (EXPRESS)
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HIROSHIMA, JAPAN | Cars are seen trapped in mud Tuesday in Hiroshima city as residents clean up and rescuers search for survivors days after heavy rain unleashed flooding and landslides in southwestern Japan. Officials said Tuesday that at least 155 people have been confirmed dead, with more than 50 people still unaccounted for, many in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area, where residents were running out of supplies.
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POLITICS The Trump administration is eliminating most of the funding for grassroots groups that help Americans get Affordable Care Act insurance and will for the first time urge the groups to promote health plans that bypass the law’s consumer protections and required benefits. The reduction, which is the second round of cuts, will shrink the federal money devoted to groups known as navigators from $36.8 million to $10 million for the enrollment period that starts in November. Last August, federal health officials announced they were reducing the navigators’ aid by 41 percent — from $62.5 million — and slashing a related budget for advertising and other outreach activities to foster ACA enrollment by 90 percent. The new reduction of help for navigators, announced late Tuesday afternoon by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, fits within a pattern of moves by the administration to weaken the sweeping health care law. Tuesday’s announcement requires groups that apply for navigator grants to encourage clients to buy insurance plans that cost less than ACA coverage because they cover fewer medical services and bypass the law’s rules, and short-term insurance plans, originally intended as a brief bridge for people between jobs. AMY GOLDSTEIN (THE WASHINGTON POST)
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Thais rejoice as final members of soccer team trapped in cave are guided to safety MAE SAI, THAILAND “Everyone is safe.” With those three words posted on Facebook, the daring rescue mission to extricate 12 boys and their soccer coach from the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in Thailand came to a close on Tuesday — after a grueling 18day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced diver and riveted people worldwide. Thailand’s Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, celebrated the feat with a post that read: “All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” — a reference to the boys’ soccer team. “We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what.” Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday, the final four boys were brought out, along with their coach. Their rescue was followed a few hours later by the safe return of a medic and three SEAL divers who had stayed for days with the boys in their cramped refuge in the cave. Cheers erupted from the dozens of volunteers and journalists awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Helicopters transporting the boys roared overhead. People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances ferrying them on the last leg of their journey from the cave arrived at a hospital in Chiang Rai city. Their joy and relief was echoed around the globe by the multitude of people who had watched the long ordeal in widely broadcast newscasts. Payap Maiming, who helped
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On Tuesday, divers and Thailand’s Navy SEALs rescued the final four boys and their coach from a flooded cave.
provide food and necessities to rescue workers and journalists, noted that fact. “I’m happy for Thais all over the country,” he said. “And actually, just everyone in the world, because every news channel has presented this story and this is what we have been waiting for.” Amporn Sriwichai, an aunt of rescued coach Ekkapol Chantawong, was ecstatic. “If I see him, I just want to hug him and tell him that I missed him very much,” she said. The plight of the boys and their coach captivated much of the world — from the heart-sinking news that they were missing, to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys when they were found by a pair of British divers 10 days later. They were trapped in the sprawling Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand on June 23, when it became flooded by
Quarantined The rescued boys are said to be in generally good health but they remain in quarantine. Parents have been allowed to see them through a glass isolation barrier and talk to them via hospital phones. The boys were malnourished and weak, and doctors are probably worried that they could be susceptible to germs spread by family members or other visitors, said Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, a Columbia University infectious diseases expert. (AP)
monsoon rains as they were exploring it after soccer practice. Each of the boys, ages 11 to 16 and with no diving experience, was guided out by a pair of divers in the three-day high-stakes operation. The route, in some places just a crawl space, had oxygen canisters positioned at regular intervals to refresh each team’s air supply.
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Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the canisters. Cave-diving experts had warned it was potentially too risky to dive the youngsters out. But Thai officials, acutely aware that the boys could be trapped for months by monsoon rains that would swell waters in the cave system, seized a window of opportunity provided by relatively mild weather. A massive water pumping effort also made the winding cave more navigable. The confidence of the diving team, and expertise specific to the cave, grew after its first successful mission Sunday. “We did something nobody thought possible,” Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, leader of the rescue effort, said at a celebratory news conference. KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA AND STEPHEN WRIGHT (AP)
Attorneys general in 10 states and the District of Columbia said Monday that they were launching an investigation of contracts at fast-food chains that prevent their workers from switching franchises, targeting a practice some economists say drags down wages for millions of Americans. The group will send letters to eight fast-food companies, requesting information about “no-poaching” agreements that bar or restrict managers from hiring workers at another store in the same chain. “No-poach agreements unfairly limit the freedom of fast-food and other low-wage workers to seek promotions and earn a better living,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, D, whose office is leading the probe. No-poaching clauses have come under increasing scrutiny over the past few years as wage growth remains a persistent weakness for an otherwise strong and growing economy. Economists say barring employees from switching between chain locations unfairly prevents them from bargaining for higher wages, while businesses maintain the clauses are necessary for local firms to recoup the costs of their investments in personnel. About 80 percent of fast-food workers are constricted by no-poaching clauses, according to Healey’s office. JEFF STEIN
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Bryce Harper doesn’t deserve to start in the Major League Baseball AllStar Game. The Nationals’ outfielder entered Tuesday night’s game — which ended after Express’ deadline — batting a measly .218. That doesn’t warrant a spot in the Midsummer Classic, let alone one in the starting nine. The All-Star Game returns to Washington next week for the first time since 1969, when Senators slugger Frank Howard belted a home run. Fans voting on the internet chose Harper to start, even though he is in a career-worst slump. There’s no question opponents respect Harper. Entering Tuesday, he led the NL with 76 walks and had blasted 22 home runs — one shy of the league lead. Miami even walked Harper on Sunday to pitch to Mark Reynolds, who a day earlier had clubbed two homers and matched a Nationals record with 10 RBIs. A pitiful batting average doesn’t represent Harper’s
total worth, but let’s be honest — it has been a mediocre year for the former NL MVP. Harper, who got his sixth All-Star nod, picked a contract season to have the worst three months of his career. It’s commonly said that players need an extra year of greatness to get rewarded with All-Star recognition and then get one more appearance than they deserve. This is Harper’s freebie. Fans have the right to vote players into the game as MLB tries to stay connected to its base. But managers should have the right to select the starters, and Harper should let somebody who is at least batting his weight take the field first. Baseball officials are happy, at least, that Harper will add star power to the Home Run Derby on Monday. And the game could be a high-profile farewell of sorts for Nats fans who fear Harper will leave as a free agent after the season. Harper, 25, could be seeking up to $400 million in his
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Anemic All-Star: Harper starting in showcase is a farce
Bryce Harper, who entered Tuesday hitting .218, will join the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and Atlanta’s Nick Markakis in the starting outfield for the NL.
next contract. Some Nats fans aren’t convinced he’s worth the price, despite the fact that he’s just entering his prime. Harper has never driven in 100 runs in a season; he had 99 RBIs when he won the MVP in 2015. He’s hit at least 30 homers only once, when he hit 42 that MVP year. Harper hit just .243 in 2016 and missed 51 games last season, but his average returned to a robust .319. As far as we know, Harper is healthy this year. But an average day for him seems to be going 0-for-2 with two walks. The Nats are floating around
.500, partly because Harper can’t carry them. Don’t blame opposing defensive shifts like his agent Scott Boras did. That’s just a whiny excuse. At the All-Star Game, Harper should tip his cap to a crowd of grateful fans who value him for more than what he’s done this season. Then take one at-bat and let someone else play. There will be other All-Star Games for him to relish more than this one.
The NFL Players Association on Tuesday filed a grievance with the league challenging a policy that forbids players from protesting on the field during the national anthem. The union says that the policy, which NFL owners imposed in May without consulting the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on players’ rights. The filing will be heard by an independent arbitrator, the NFLPA said. The policy allows players to protest by staying in the locker room, but forbids them from sitting or kneeling on the field or the sidelines. In 2016, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to protest police brutality and social injustice by kneeling during g the anthem. ((AP))
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Sore toe sends Doolittle to disabled list
The Nationals on Tuesday placed All-Star closer Sean Doolittle on the 10-day disabled list with left toe inflammation. Doolittle, 31, underwent an MRI exam on his foot Saturday after tripping over a mound. The test didn’t reveal any structural damage, but Doolittle hasn’t pitched since. The left-hander made his second All-Star team Sunday after pitching to a 1.45 ERA and compiling 22 saves in 23 opportunities. (THE WASHINGTON POST) Panthers ‘contractually obligated’ to keep statue of Jerry Richardson, who sold team amid harassment scandal
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Comeback pushes Serena into semis Serena Williams came up with a comeback Tuesday to reach the DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS (AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
semifinals at Wimbledon, then walked off Centre Court holding up her right index finger. The No. 25 seed still looks as if she’s capable of playing like a No. 1. In her fourth tournament back from maternity leave, Williams continued her chase for her 24th Grand Slam trophy by beating 52nd-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in London. Williams, 36, plays 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany — a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 winner against No. 20 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands — on Thursday. The other semifinal will feature No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber, a two-time major champion, against No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko, who won the French Open last year. (AP)
After defeating Camila Giorgi, Serena Williams will take on Julia Goerges on Thursday.
Juan Martin del Potro beats Gilles Simon in four sets, will face Nadal in quarterfinal today (11 a.m., ESPN)
Ronaldo to join Juventus on a four-year contract
Kermit Washington gets 6 years for charity fraud
Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Italian club Juventus, bringing to an end a nine-year career with Real Madrid. Juventus said Tuesday it paid $131.5 million for the 33-year-old forward, who signed a four-year deal with the Serie A champions. The Portugal star came to Madrid in 2009 from Manchester United and is the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with 451 goals in 438 matches. He led runs to four Champions League titles — beating Juventus in the final in 2017. But he was unhappy with how he’s been treated by Spanish tax authorities, to whom he could end up paying more than $20 million in fines. (AP)
Kermit Washington, the ex-NBA player known for throwing a punch that fractured Rudy Tomjanovich’s face in 1977, has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in charity donations on plastic surgery for his girlfriend, vacations and shopping sprees. Washington, 66, was ordered Monday in Kansas City, Mo., to pay nearly $970,000 in restitution after pleading guilty in November to making a false statement in a tax return and aggravated identity theft. Donors were told the charity was supporting a medical clinic for HIV-positive children in Africa. (AP)
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FRANCE 1, BELGIUM 0 France is back in its first World Cup final since Zinedine Zidane’s head-butt led to defeat in 2006. Twelve years after one of soccer’s most infamous moments, Samuel Umtiti used his head to score from a corner kick in the 51st minute and earn France a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Russia. The French danced on the field after the final whistle and shook the hand of Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 but had been hoping to eliminate his native country as Belgium’s assistant coach. France will face Croatia or England — who play today at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow — in Sunday’s final (11 a.m., Fox) in the nation’s capital. Belgium will return to St. Petersburg for the third-place match Saturday.
Including Umtiti, three defenders have now scored on France’s route to the final. Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane tallied goals in previous matches. French goalie Hugo Lloris made a great save in each half Tuesday, denying Toby Alderweireld and Romelu Lukaku chances to add to Belguim’s tournament-high 14 goals. Belgium made the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship in 2016 but has yet to fulfill its lofty expectations. The world now gets to see France’s luxury squad, collectively valued in excess of $1 billion and headlined by teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, in another major final. Two years ago at home, the French surprisingly lost to Portugal 1-0 in the Euro 2016 title match. STEVE DOUGLAS (AP)
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We are living in an era in which listeners expect their favorite musicians to reflect their personal values and to be virtuous in their private lives, but music remains as private and mysterious as ever. There are no foolproof answers to the five hardest questions in pop music — only tactics to better cope with them. Here they are. CHRIS RICHARDS (THE WASHINGTON POST)
Is appropriation ever okay?
When is cultural appropriation — the act of making art that reaches for new ideas across lines of race and class — acceptable? Finding an answer requires us to differentiate between theft and influence. When Justin Timberlake beatboxes, or Taylor Swift raps, or Miley Cyrus twerks to a trap beat, it feels like taking. Nothing is being invented. When Talking Heads echo African pop rhythms, or the Wu-Tang Clan channels kung-fu cinema, or Beyonce writes a country song, it feels like making. The borrowed elements become an essential, integrated part of a new, previously unheard thing.
What happens if an artist dies?
Everything about Prince’s death felt unreal, including the fact that the greatest musician of our time vanished without leaving a will. What Prince did leave us, however, is anxiety over the contents inside his mythic vault. Would he have wanted us rifling through the recordings he had so purposefully locked away? Well, vaults are meant to be cracked open — and even if they weren’t, it’s a musician’s responsibility to be clear about what should happen to their music when they die. If an artist doesn’t want a recording in circulation once he’s gone, he should destroy that recording himself.
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Can today’s artists sell out?
Artists nowadays are praised for thinking of themselves as brands. The valley of the sellouts has been transformed into a luxury resort where Bruno Mars can deploy his pseudo-funk in the name of L’Oreal hair care products or JAY-Z can initially release “Magna Carta … Holy Grail” in the form of a data-collecting Samsung app. Alarms should go off whenever music’s primary function is to sell another product, but our bigger worry should be over whether that relationship is changing the music itself. Ask yourself: Does a song remind me that I’m a human, or does it remind me that I’m a customer?
Can we accept immoral lyrics?
Rap is the most consequential music of this century, but the question is common: “How do you excuse all of the violence and misogyny in the lyrics?” Our anxiety over these lyrics tends to be an anxiety about other people. Because no, immoral lyrics will not suddenly make us do immoral things — but we worry they offer a psychic shelter to immoral listeners. We don’t trust those around us to listen as ethically as we do. In that case, we should speak out against the forces that animate the lyrics we find objectionable. But we can do that without disavowing the music altogether.
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Are the art and artist separate?
You just found out that your favorite pop act doesn’t share your politics, or that they’ve said something hateful about a marginalized group of people, or that they have a history of sexual misconduct, or that they have a history of physical abuse, or all of the above. So we try to let go of the songs, but it hurts. Can we publicly denounce a musician for their misdeeds without abandoning our connection to the music they’ve made? Truly, we can never separate the art from the artist. All we can do is separate the art from the world outside our heads.
Ben Roberts comes from Arkansas, his wife, Emily, is from South Dakota, and they met in Memphis. But for the duo known as Carolina Story, Nashville was always their destiny. “Lay Your Head Down,” the couple’s debut album that comes out Friday, pulsates with achy, heartfelt sentiment. On the opening title cut, a mournful train whistle of a harmonica lays the groundwork for Ben’s plaintive tenor. But it isn’t until Emily adds harmony on the second verse that the voltage of their voices joined together takes command. It’s possible that these gentle songs won’t rise to the top of the country charts. But if they had emerged under the names of, say, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, surely Nashville would have dropped to its knees. SCOTT STROUD (AP)
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“Laugh, cry, repeat” was the typical viewer experience with Hasan Minhaj’s first special, “Homecoming King.”
No sophomore slump for the ‘Homecoming King’ Hasan Minhaj returns to the road — and Netflix — after his first special COMEDY Fresh off a breakout year in 2017, comedian Hasan Minhaj is ready to turn his wit to diagnosing the larger issues facing America. Minhaj, a correspondent with “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, is kicking off a North American tour in August and this fall will host his own weekly comedy show for Netflix. “I have no desire — not only in the show but also in the series — to chase covfefe,” Minhaj says, referring to the mysterious term President Donald Trump introduced last year on Twitter. “I have no desire to do that.”
Minhaj instead wants to fuse his personal narrative, as a firstgeneration Indian-American navigating between those two worlds, with the current political and social backdrop. “A lot of people turn to daily satirical news shows to just say, ‘Hey, what is going on? Please explain it to me and break it down for me in a 7½-minute act,’ ” Minhaj says. “What I have the opportunity to do — not only in a one-hour show but also hopefully in the series — is to talk about why things are happening and what larger questions it presents to ourselves as Americans.” Last year, Minhaj hosted the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner and saw the release of his first comedy special, the autobiographical “Hasan
Minhaj: Homecoming King,” which earned him a Peabody Award. The new tour, titled “Hasan Minhaj: Before the Storm,” starts Aug. 11 with a two-night stand in Los Angeles. Minhaj has noted a thirst for comedy, but he hopes audiences understand the challenges faced by entertainers in the modern political climate. “Ultimately, we are satirists and comedians and the necessary condition to tell our story is that it has to be funny,” Minhaj says. “So people will come up to me and say, ‘Hasan, you have to talk about Syria,’ or ‘You have to talk about what’s happening [to the] Rohingya right now.’ If I can’t make it funny, unfortunately I cannot do a show on it.” MARK KENNEDY (AP)
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“Beyonce is pregnant, tbh. Y’all thought they would stop at 3 [kids] when their favorite number is 4?” @_VAUN, tweeting about the rumor that
Queen Bey is pregnant. Speculation began after a fan uploaded video of Beyonce rubbing her stomach affectionately during her and her husband JAY-Z’s “On the Run Tour II.” Bey made a similar motion at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards to announce she was expecting their first child, Blue Ivy.
“Great Britain SNAPPED out. They have been streaming Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ ... so that when Trump comes to visit it will be #1.” @PHYLINESE39, on the campaign to make Green Day’s 2004 single “American Idiot” No. 1 in the U.K. by the time President Trump arrives in London on Thursday for his first presidential visit. As of Tuesday, the song was No. 1 on Amazon’s U.K. bestsellers list and had cracked the British singles chart’s Top 20.
“Have you guys NOT WATCHED ‘BLACK MIRROR!’” @MATTDACOSTA6, tweeting about a video from Mashable showing that MIT engineers have built a “blind” fourlegged robot that can jump onto tables and chase people on only three legs. To many, the robot was immediately reminiscent of the “dogs” in “Metalhead,” an episode of the popular U.K. series “Black Mirror.” The dogs in “Metalhead” rely on visual sensors, not cameras, to hunt down humans.
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“KEEP THE POLISH DOG, COSTCO. WHERE IS YOUR HUMANITY?” @WOAH_JOJOO, blasting wholesale
retailer Costco for revamping its beloved food court menu. The makeover cuts the Polish hot dog, a customer favorite. The new menu rollout includes plant-based protein salads, acai bowls and organic hamburgers. The Polish dog’s extensive fan base has started a change.org petition to bring it back.
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PAR SCORE 150-160, BEST SCORE 219
CANCER (June 21-July 22) You may find yourself immersed in something that requires you to adjust to changing circumstances — with little warning. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You must take care that all of your calculations today are accurate, or you will find yourself missing out on something. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You may have to jump in and do something entirely new today, but you can catch up with those who have experience. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You’ve been playing a guessing game for a long time, and today you’ll want to come up with some definite answers. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The stakes are raised today, and you find yourself surrounded by those eager to give you assistance — if you ask for it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Your plans may fall through, but in the end you’ll be happy you had the opportunity to improvise. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You may feel responsible for something that, in fact, was not your doing. Still, you should be able to set things right given enough time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Anticipation can be grueling today as you expect something to come your way for which you’ve been yearning for quite some time.
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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Something out of the ordinary propels you forward at a rapid pace. You may be surprised to learn where you’re headed.
TODAY: Clouds pop up throughout the day but sunshine is still dominant. Light north winds help push slightly drier air back into the area and manage to hold most highs in the upper 80s. Temperatures drop off a little faster in the evening, making for more comfortable outdoor activities. Winds calm and lows ultimately drop into the 60s.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Someone is trying to surprise you in a way that is not likely to go over well; you should be able to nip the whole thing in the bud. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You can put your creativity to work in a new way today. A longtime ally may, however, express doubts and withdraw support — but only temporarily.
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Something unusual has you wondering if things are not the way they seem to you. What transpires next makes you realize all is for the best.
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1804: Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J. (Hamilton died the next day.)
1972: The World Chess Championship opens as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the U.S. and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union begin play in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Fischer won after 21 games.)
1979: The abandoned U.S. space station Skylab makes a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.
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G-Eazy had to cancel a concert after he was denied entry at the Canadian border on Monday. Sources told TMZ that the rapper had trouble with customs agents at the border in Calgary, Alberta, ahead of his set at the Cowboys Music Festival. The festival tweeted out a statement Monday night that G-Eazy was unable to perform “due to reasons beyond our control.” G-Eazy was recently arrested for cocaine possession in Sweden. (EXPRESS)
George Clooney was taken to a hospital in Sardinia and released after his motor scooter and a car crashed on a state road on the Italian island Tuesday, ay, hospital officials said. “He is recovering at his home e and will be fine,” Clooney’s spokesman told the AP. The John Paul II hospital in Olbia confirmed Clooney ey was treated there and released after the accident. Local media said the Oscar-winning actor-director r left in a van through a side exit. Daily newspaper La Nuova Sardegna said the actor was headed to a film set when a Mercedes hit his motorbike. Clooney ey reportedly was in Sardinia filming a TV miniseries es adapted from the novel “Catch-22.” (AP)
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A film crew member says in a lawsuit that Johnny Depp punched him twice on the Los Angeles set of the movie “City of Lies” in April of 2017. The location manager, Greg Brooks, also alleged that he was fired from the production when he refused to promise not to sue over the incident. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. (AP)
Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany, are expecting their second child, Page Six reported. On Tuesday, Aldean posted a photo on Instagram of their 7-month-old son, Memphis, wearing a onesie that says “Big Brother” with the caption: “Guess who is gonna be a BIG brother!” along with the hashtag #aldeanpartyof6.” Aldean also has two daughters from a previous marriage: Keeley, 15, and Kendyl, 10. (EXPRESS)
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