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📌 BULLETIN BOARD
Remember a few years back when we all cut holes in paper plates, put them over our faces, and stared at the sun? It’s déjà vu today in Chile and Argentina when a total solar eclipse turns out the lights on parts of South America.
🦅 U.S. NEWS
Circle of Life: American Suburbs Swell Again as a New Generation Escapes the City
After several years of surging urban growth suburbs now account for 14 of the 15 fastest-growing U.S. cities with populations over 50,000, according to the census. Big picture: Millennials priced out of popular big cities are flocking to place like Frisco, Texas, Nolensville, Tenn., Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and Scottdale, Ga.—not exactly household names but among the fastest-growing destinations in the U.S. Why it matters: In an echo of the postwar baby boom, many U.S. suburbs are again suffering growing pains: not enough schools, too much traffic for two-lane roads, and scenic farmland plowed under for housing tracts. – WSJ (subscription)
Hot Water: Customs and Border Protection launches probe into secret Facebook page
Customs and Border Protection announced Monday it will launch an inspector general investigation into a private Facebook page for 9,500 current and former Border Patrol agents, following a ProPublica report revealing that members of the group joked about migrant deaths and posted racist and sexually explicit memes about Latina members of Congress. Big Picture: CBP has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks as reports of inhumane living conditions for migrant children in border facilities have elevated the issue. Last month, acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders resigned. – ProPublica / Axios
An Astonishing Turn: George Soros and Charles Koch team up to end US ‘forever war’ policy
In one of the most remarkable partnerships in modern American political history leftist financier George Soros and right-wing billionaire Charles Koch, the more active of the two brothers, are joining forces to finance a new foreign-policy think tank in Washington. Details: It will promote an approach to the world based on diplomacyand restraint rather than threats, sanctions, and bombing. Why it matters in the words of Trita Parsi, former president of the National Iranian American Council and a co-founder of the new think tank. “It shows how important ending endless war is if they’re willing to put aside their differences and get together on this project. We are going to challenge the basis of American foreign policy in a way that has not been done in at least the last quarter-century.” – The Boston Globe
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🌎 WORLD NEWS
Boiling to the Surface: Hong Kong police forcibly remove protesters
Police used force early Tuesday to clear thousands of protesters in and around Hong Kong’s legislature after some broke into the complex and occupied it Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the semiautonomous city’s return to Chinese rule. Why it matters: The escalation has brought Hong Kong into unprecedented and uncertain territory, and represents the biggest test of Beijing’s grip over the global financial hub and the status under which it operates. These protests have been about stopping a controversial extradition bill from taking effect, but in reality, they serve as boiling to the surface moment that shows why so many people are taking to the streets and doing what they can to preserve the city’s unique way of life. Here are some of the ways Hong Kong is different from mainland China. – The Washington Post / CNN
Iran breaches a critical limit on nuclear fuel under 2015 deal
Iran has exceeded a key limitation on how much nuclear fuel it can possess under the 2015 international pact curbing its nuclear program, effectively declaring that it would no longer respect an agreement that President Trump abandoned more than a year ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Monday. The breach of the limitation does not by itself give the country the material to produce a bomb, but it returns the focus to Iran’s two-decade pursuit of technology that could produce a nuclear weapon. Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. – Fox News / NYT
Japan resumes commercial whaling after 30 years
A small fleet of whaling vessels have caught their first whales in Japan’s first commercial hunt in decades, in defiance of international criticism. The whaling ships have a permit to catch 227 minke, Bryde’s and sei whales this year in Japanese waters. Japan’s last commercial hunt was in 1986, but it has continued whaling for what it says are research purposes. It has now withdrawn from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) so it is no longer subject to its rules. IWC members had agreed to an effective ban on whale hunting, but Japan has long argued it is possible to hunt whales in a sustainable way. – BBC
Stocks Rise but Warning Signs Are Flashing
U.S. stocks climbed to fresh highs Monday after a thaw in trade relations between the U.S. and China sparked a rally in shares of technology companies. With that said, a looming threat is just a couple weeks away once profit reports from the second quarter hit. Big picture: analysts have been taking a dimmer view of what is ahead for earnings forecasting a decline for the first three quarters of 2019. Here’s the thing: now companies are echoing those concerns with a level of pessimism not often seen from corporate America. By the numbers: ahead of a season that starts in earnest the week of July 15, 77% of the 113 companies that have issued earnings per share guidance have warned that their numbers will be worse than what Wall Street analysts are estimating, according to FactSet. Could they be underpromising in order to over deliver or have tariffs finally had a chance to hit the balance sheet? We’ll see after the July 4th holiday. – CNBC
It’s Not You, It’s Me: Breakup of Blue Jackets highlights start of NHL free agency
Yesterday was moving day for the NHL, as it marked the first day that players officially become free agents. Nowhere was the process more apparent than in Columbus, Ohio where three of their biggest stars said so-long and left town. Artemi Panarin is heading to the Big Apple, Matt Duchene to Music City and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to South Beach. Elsewhere, veterans Corey Perry and Joe Pavelski signed with Dallas and provincial rivals Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators completed a multiplayer trade making sure there was plenty of buzz to open the NHL’s free agency signing period. For any hard-core hockey fans out there be sure to sign up for Pregame Skate as the rest of the drama unfolds. By the Way: Cori Gauff, a 15-year-old American who grew up admiring the Williams sisters, made her Wimbledon debut on Monday by defeating Venus Williams. – AP / Pregame Skate
YouTube deleted 130 rap videos to help police fight street gangs responsible for thousands of stabbings
UK police are monitoring more than 2,000 “drill” rap videos on YouTube in their war against London street gangs. YouTube has deleted 130 videos at the request of police because of their links to crime. The gangs use YouTube to threaten rivals and boast about their attacks. And the police have used YouTube videos as evidence against gangs in court. Why it matters: More than 4,000 people a year are stabbed in London, mostly in gang conflict. At least four rap groups are now banned by court order from performing or publishing their music. Critics argue, however, that this is a threat to freedom of speech. – Business Insider
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1964: Johnson signs Civil Rights Act
On this day in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House. In the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. The 10 years that followed saw great strides for the African American civil rights movement, as non-violent demonstrations won thousands of supporters to the cause.
🇺🇸 TOP TAGS
Yesterday’s top tag was from the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, Massachusetts…
What percent of American companies have a “Summer Friday” policy?