The well’s running dry. Athens will soon run out of cash, and several European nations are holding firm, unimpressed by Greece’s efforts at slight edits to earlier drafted proposals rather than the requested new plan. European leaders set a firm Sunday deadline for their plan to be accepted, threatening a likely exit from the Euro. In the meantime, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who replaced his caustic finance minister yesterday, is facing increasing pressure to come up with a new proposal that will satisfy European creditors, though officials doubt the talks will be rescued by an eleventh-hour pass.
The Presidential Daily Brief
The young white supremacist who killed nine people at a Charleston church last month was indicted today on nine counts of murder by a South Carolina grand jury. In addition, the 21-year-old was charged with one count of weapons possession — and, in an unexpected addition, three counts of attempted murder for those who survived the massacre. Prosecutor Scarlett A. Wilson is expected to face pressure to ask for the death penalty, and The U.S. government is also likely to submit hate-crime charges against Roof in the next few months.
It was supposed to be finished by now. But both sides agree that there’s no way the dealmaking over Iran’s nuclear program will be finished today, the previously set due date, making this the second extension the talks have taken after a hoped-for June 30 deadline went whooshing by. Negotiators have extended an interim accord through Friday, but if Secretary of State John Kerry can bring home a deal by Thursday, there could ostensibly be an inked agreement after just 30 days of Congressional review.
It won’t happen overnight. But the American president is upping the ante in a bid to quash ISIS. Obama says the U.S. is going after the “heart” of jihadist funding in Syria, cracking down on their financing while targeting oil and gas facilities the extremists use to generate money. The bolstered effort follows a recent ISIS resurgence against Kurdish forces. And while there are no plans for more U.S. troops on the ground, Obama warns that he’s committed to rooting out the terrorists, even though it’s going to take time.
Oh say can you see … a new flag? South Carolina’s Senate voted yesterday — just weeks after Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight others were gunned down by a white supremacist — to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the Statehouse. Lawmakers voted 37-3 to remove what many see as a symbol of racism, but others as Southern heritage. A two-thirds majority in the state’s House of Representatives is now needed — but far from assured — to see Dixie come down. House debate is expected to begin tomorrow.
They bet on a turnaround that didn’t come. Beijing has worked to thwart falls in shares with measures like a new multibillion fund to buy blue chips. But slides in recent days have seen more than 200 firms halt trading to shield themselves from a market tumble, freezing some $1.4 trillion in equity. In the past month, $3 trillion has been wiped from the market, and with the benchmark stock index falling again today, there’s an increased risk of stock market woes affecting the real economy.
Iraq military aims to retake pivotal town of Ramadi. (NYT)
Britain remembers 7/7 bombings on tenth anniversary. (Telegraph)
Subway spokesman Jared Fogle suspected in child pornography case. (CBS)
ESPN dumps Donald Trump, pulling charity golf tournament. (LA Times)
Ice cave collapse kills one and injures four in Washington. (USA Today)
Two people died after a F-16 flown by an Air Force pilot collided with a Cessna above Charleston, South Carolina. Maj. Aaron Johnson from the 55th Fighter Squadron reportedly safely ejected from his craft. However, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the two passengers aboard the Cessna were killed instantly, sending fiery debris raining down over rice fields and marshes. The fighter jet crashed onto a private farm. The NTSB said it is still investigating what caused the collision and where the two planes were traveling at the time of impact.
She came out firing. Hillary took aim at Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and described the entire GOP field as possessing a “spectrum of hostility” in an interview with CNN. The Democratic frontrunner’s critique was largely focused on the issue of immigration, accusing the GOP of lacking a plan for dealing with the nation’s undocumented workers. Hillary also addressed questions of integrity, arguing the public trusts her. Aside from the candidate’s questions, critics also took aim at the credibility of anchor Brianna Keilar, after it was revealed she had recently attended the wedding of a Clinton aide.
There’s no punchline. Legal documents reveal that the comedian admitted in 2005 to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of using them on young women for sex, and also to giving them to at least one woman. The AP fought for the release of the documents, overcoming arguments by the 77-year-old’s lawyers who said they’d publicly embarrass their client. Most of the sexual misconduct accusations from over two dozen women have exceeded their statute of limitations, but this is likely to end Cosby’s free-falling career.
If you come at the bull, you get the horns. Thousands partook in the first day of Pamplona’s famous Running of the Bulls today — and, as usual, some people steered themselves into the way of the six bulls during the 2 minute, 23 second charge. Eight were minorly injured in the crush of the crowd, and three — two Americans and a Brit — were gored, although not fatally. There will be eight more morning runs like this before the festival is over, so the litany of injuries is likely to get longer.
This will make men’s hearts sink. A new study says women have not always outlived men, and that cardiovascular disease is the primary reason they do today. Researchers found a divergence in gender mortality rates starting around 1870, noting that the majority of excess deaths in males over 40 were caused by heart disease. From 1880 on, women’s death rates decreased 70 percent faster than men’s, prompting interest in further exploration of whether the sexes face distinctive risks based on biological differences.
Are they looking to avenge their World Cup loss? Last week American robot maker Megabot challenged Japanese robotics manufacturer Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a battle of the machines. The Asian firm has now accepted the duel in a video featuring Suidobashi’s CEO draped in a Japanese flag and taunting Team Megabot for building something massive, gun-laden and “super American.” He told the U.S. to organize the fight, but insisted they can’t win because “giant robots are Japanese culture.”
It’s packing a new kind of zing. In a bid to “remove labels this Ramadan,” Coke is dropping its iconic cursive writing from Middle Eastern cans to promote a prejudice-free world, simply sporting the message, “Labels are for cans, not for people.” Because the containers carry no nutritional information, they can only be distributed at special events. But the spartan look, which still features the famous ribbon design, aims to bolster a bigger campaign inviting fans to banish stereotypes and get to know one another better.
They want to build a stronger team. The midfielder known as “The Architect” for his goal-stacking plays will join Major League Soccer’s NYCFC on free loan from Juventus. The 36-year-old is one of the most iconic players of the Azzurri, Italy’s national soccer team, with 115 caps and a 2006 World Cup victory. Pirlo will be joining fellow Euro-league expats David Villa and Frank Lampard in New York and is available to play at the end of the month.