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Politics Your July 12 news briefing: okay, what just happened?!

Jul. 12, 2017
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The past 24 hours have been a chaotic period for journalists and news outlets, as much has taken place in America’s capital.     

  1. In June 2016, Donald Trump Jr. and other important advisers met with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer. The New York Times published information on a series of emails arranging the meeting, wherein Donald Trump Jr. appears to plainly state an intent to commit treason. The Russian lawyer claimed to have harmful information on Secretary Clinton as a direct result of efforts by the Russian government to undermine Clinton’s campaign. In response, Donald Jr. wrote: “If it’s what you say, I love it.” The documents supposedly were big enough to incriminate Hillary and would have served useful to his father’s campaign. 

  1. Senate leaders announced that a revised version of the AHCA--the GOP legislation designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act--will be revealed on Thursday, June 13th, in hopes of scheduling a vote the following week. While they seem determined to end the ACA, It seems as though they may not have the backing they need in order to legitimately pass the legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that the Senate’s August recess will be delayed by two weeks. 

  1. Tragically, the military has confirmed that 16 servicemembers were killed in a plane crash that took place on Monday, July 10. The plane was a Marine Corps transfer plane, and it crashed into a field in the Mississippi Delta after taking off in North Carolina. None of the victims’ names have been released to the public. The plane was headed to a naval facility in California for training. Six of the passengers were part of the Marine Raiders, a Special Operations force that stations troops in key locations like Afghanistan. 

  1. The Iraqi government declared a victory over ISIS after regaining control of Mosul. A New York Times correspondent toured the ruins of Mosul and was said to have found “rubble, death, and devastation.” Iraq is experiencing a huge win, but it’s unlikely that the country’s ongoing fight against the extremist group is anywhere near finished.  
  1. The International Olympic Committee stated that they will announce the host cities for the 2018 and 2024 Olympics this September. Paris and Los Angeles are the two frontrunners, and the mayors of both cities were in Switzerland this week to present formally. The International Olympic Committee will vote on September 13th, in Peru.