chapter 4

1.MANCHESTER

At least 22 people -- many of them children -- were killed and dozens injured when a bomb exploded after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Police are treating this as a terrorist attack, carried out by a lone suspect carrying a bomb just outside the arena. Grande, who was not injured, had just finished her set, and fans were leaving when the arena was rocked by an explosion.

Chaos and confusion followed as people ran for safety. The hashtag #RoomForManchester started trending as locals offered shelter to those in need. This attack was especially despicable because Grande's fan base is made up mostly of tween and adolescent girls. This may be the deadliest attack in Great Britain since the 2005 London bombing, which killed 52 people. Keep up all day with the latest updates here.

The UK raised its threat level to "critical" -- the top of its threat scale -- and British Prime Minister Theresa May warned that another attack "may be imminent."

source: cnn & nytimes

2.JARED

The FBI's criminal probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is increasingly touching on the multiple roles of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. That doesn't necessarily mean Trump's son-in-law is suspected of wrongdoing, but the FBI is interested in roles and relationships that fell under his purview during the campaign and transition. That includes the campaign's data analytics operation, which Kushner headed up, and his relationships with Russian figures and ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn

Meanwhile, the FBI has declined to provide the House oversight committee with documents related to former FBI director James Comey's communications with President Trump. You'll recall, Comey -- before he was fired -- reportedly took notes after some of their conversations. The committee re-issued the request.

source: WSJ

3.MONTANA

We know the press is under assault these days, but this is just plain crazy. Montana, a traditionally red state, held a special election to fill its lone congressional seat. And the GOP candidate was just charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly body slammed a reporter who asked him about health care. Greg Gianforte is accused of grabbing The Guardian's Ben Jacobs by the neck and throwing him to the ground, breaking the reporter's glasses. Gianforte's campaign says Jacobs was too aggressive in asking questions. But witnesses -- bolstered by Jacobs' own recording of the incident -- say that's BS. Three local newspapers rescinded their support for Gianforte. CNN's Chris Cillizza said Gianforte made a massive error in a race that some consider a referendum on President Trump.

Apparently, you can get in a physical tussle with a guy and still win a federal election. Montana voters chose Republican Greg Gianforte to fill an open US House seat just a day after Gianforte was charged for allegedly assaulting a reporter. "When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it," Gianforte told his supporters at his victory party in Bozeman. "That's the Montana way." The crowd replied, "You're forgiven!" And so he was. 

source: the week

4.NATO 

The G-7 summit is underway today in Italy. This is where seven of the most powerful countries, including the US, meet to discuss the pressing problems of the world. There's certainly no shortage, and they'll cover things like ISIS, Russia (not attending), climate change and Syria. This will be the first summit for President Trump and new French President Emmanuel Macron, ( who gives a great hand shake.)

The G-7 comes on the heels of Trump's appearance at a NATO summit, where he ruffled feathers by scolding the alliance on defense spending. Experts say that isn't exactly how the alliance works, and the lecture did more diplomatic harm than good, especially since Trump has been on record declaring the 28-nation alliance to be "obsolete" (then said it wasn't). Oh, and there is video of Trump apparently pushing aside the Prime Minister of Montenegro

source: cnn

5.TRAVEL BAN

President Trump’s travel ban. DENIED. Yesterday, a federal appeals court said Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travelers from several Muslim-majority countries violates the First Amendment. This is the second time Trump’s tried to put a travel ban in place, saying it’s needed to protect the country from terrorism. But critics said ‘sounds a lot like religious discrimination.’ After version 1.0 got shut down, Trump gave it a few edits that were supposed help the policy stand up in court. But Version 2.0 also got blocked. The Trump administration appealed the ruling. Now, that appeals court is saying ‘nope, still benched.’ The Justice Department has promised to take the case to the Supreme Court.

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BREAKING RIGHT NOW:

Gunmen kill at least 26 Coptic Christians in central Egypt, at the time of this publication.
 

source: WSJ

 

see you next week little ones & enjoy the long weekend.