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That’s What She Said: The Office Fans, if you want to keep watching Jim prank Dwight it looks like you’ll no longer be able to get your fix on Netflix. The NBC cult favorite will leave Netflix when its current deal with the streamer expires at the end of 2020 and move over to NBCUniversal’s forthcoming direct-to-consumer platform. If that’s somewhat depressing don’t worry, here are 26 “The Office” Quotes Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Every Time
🦅 U.S. NEWS
So it begins: the first Democratic presidential debate
Tonight, 496 days before America elects its next president, ten Democratic hopefuls meet in Miami for the inaugural primary debate. There are too many candidates to fit on a single stage so another ten will put up the dukes tomorrow. What to Watch: Expect many questions on climate change, immigration and the increasing possibility of confrontation with Iran. Also: Democratic presidential candidates and their campaign managers will be walking a fine line of figuring out how combative to be. Whoever ends up debating President Trump will certainly be in for a mud fight, but whether or not they feel like getting dirty before then is a separate question. – The Economist
Powell Not so Positive: says economy is facing growing uncertainties
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday the outlook for the U.S. economy has become cloudier since early May, with rising uncertainties over trade and global growth causing the central bank to reassess its next move on interest rates. Elsewhere, consumer confidence dropped to its lowest level since September 2017, and US new-home sales fell 7.8% in May. Why this matters: While Powell did not commit to a rate cut he said the central bank will closely monitor incoming data (i.e. things like consumer confidence and home sales). Many economists believe the Fed could decide at its next meeting on July 30-31 to cut its key policy rate, something it has not done since 2008. – AP / Yahoo
Customs and Border Protection boss out amid controversy over detention conditions
Amid mounting outrage over the treatment of detained immigrant children, the acting commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection agency stood down. Around 250 children were moved from a squalid detention center on the American-Mexican border, before many were moved back. Lawyers said they had been “severely neglected” and were not given adequate food, soap or clothes. – Fox News / ABC
+ San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to ban e-cigarettes (this story first appeared in last Thursday’s newsletter)
+ Illinois becomes 11th state in US to legalize recreational marijuana, first to set up statewide marketplace (this story first appeared in our June 3rd newsletter)
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🌎 WORLD NEWS
A New Red Line
President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that any “attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force.” Why it matters: It’s a new red line for Trump in the latest round of heightened tensions with Iran. The president previously called off a military strike in response to the downing of a U.S. drone, claiming the death toll would be disproportionate. His tweet on Tuesday strikes a markedly new tone. – Axios
Saudis Say Yemeni Islamic State Leader Captured
Saudi and Yemeni forces have captured the head of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL or ISIS) branch in Yemen, according to an official. Abu Osama al-Muhajer was captured in a June 3 raid on a house that was under surveillance. Why it matters: The seizure deals a blow to one of Islamic State’s smaller branches, one of several on which the group has relied since losing control of its territory in Syria and Iraq over the past year. – Al Jazeera
NATO calls on Russia to destroy new missile, warns of response
NATO defense ministers meet today to discuss their next steps if Moscow keeps the missile system that the US says would allow short-notice nuclear attacks on Europe and break the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Context: Yesterday NATO urged Russia to destroy its nuclear-capable cruise missile system before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region. Big Picture: Without a deal, the United States has said it will withdraw from the INF treaty on Aug. 2, removing constraints on its own ability to develop nuclear-capable, medium-range missiles. – Reuters / CNBC
AbbVie to buy Allergan in $63 billion deal
The drugmaker AbbVie said Tuesday it will buy Botox maker Allergan for about $63 billion, grabbing control of by far the biggest name in medical aesthetics to help reduce its reliance on blockbuster arthritis treatment Humira. Background: AbbVie has been under pressure to diversify its portfolio as Humira, the world’s best-selling drug, is already in competition with cheaper versions in Europe and faces expiration of its patents in 2023 in the United States, its most important market. Bottom Line: this is a bet that AbbVie hopes will deliver new sources of growth. – Yahoo Finance
A new bill in California might get colleges barred from playing in NCAA championships
California schools could be banned from NCAA championship games if a state bill on pay for college athletes becomes law. Details: The bill would allow college athletes in the state to earn compensation for the use of their name, image or likeness beginning in 2023, USA Today said. NCAA President Mark Emmert implied the state’s schools could face championship bans over the bill in letters to lawmakers last week. The pay bill passed the state Senate last month and is now before an Assembly committee. Why it matters: A ban on schools from championship games could cost them millions of dollars in revenue. – Syracuse / The Sacramento Bee / USA Today
Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts
Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges, France’s minister for digital affairs Cedric O said on Tuesday, adding the deal was a world first. Background: Facebook had refrained from handing over identification data of people suspected of hate speech because it was not compelled to do so under U.S.-French legal conventions and because it was worried countries without an independent judiciary could abuse it. Why this matters: France wants to take a leading role globally on the regulation of hate speech and the spread of false information online. With that said, it’s actually a super interesting move by Facebook and certainly controversial. Remember: Apple refused to cooperate with the US government to unlock an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the two shooters in the San Bernardino attack. Tech firms turning over data to governments is a slippery slope. – Reuters / The Guardian
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1948: U.S. begins Berlin Airlift
On this day in 1948, U.S. and British pilots begin delivering food and supplies by airplane to Berlin after the city is isolated by a Soviet Union blockade.
🇺🇸 TOP TAGS
Yesterday’s top tag from the U.S. Navy: Forged By The Sea and reenlisting in it too…
Which country prints and publishes the most Bibles in the world?