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    Officials: Trump Revealed Classified Intel to Russians

    Looks like they found the leak. According to multiple U.S. officials, President Donald Trump jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on ISIS by revealing highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador last week. According to H.R. McMaster, Trump didn’t know where the information he shared came from, as it was available through ”open-source reporting,” and therefore “wholly appropriate.” Meanwhile, lawmakers from both parties said they were troubled by the leak, and House Speaker Paul Ryan is demanding a “full explanation.”


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    World Braces for More Cyberattacks From WannaCry

    As a money-maker, it’s a bust. Fewer than two hundred people are estimated to have paid the $300 ransom demanded by the WannaCry virus that ravaged the world’s computers over the weekend, but it’s spread to over 200,000 victims in 150 countries, bringing businesses, universities and hospitals to a halt. Russia, often suspected as the source of cyberattacks, is estimated to be the hardest hit. One cybersecurity firm says 1.3 million computers are still vulnerable to the ransomware, thought to be based on a stolen NSA spying tool.

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    Trump Urged to Turn Over Comey Tapes if They Exist

    That threat backfired. After President Donald Trump tweeted that fired FBI Director James Comey “better hope there are no ‘tapes’” of their conversations, bipartisan lawmakers are now demanding any tapes, if they exist, and warning the White House that destroying records is a crime. Former Trump employees have said he has a history of recording conversations. Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer threatened that Democrats might refuse to vote in a new FBI chief unless a special prosecutor is appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

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    Pro-Confederate Protesters Rally, Torches in Hand

    “We reject this intimidation.” So said the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, after white nationalist Richard Spencer led a group of dozens demonstrating against the removal of a monument to Robert E. Lee. The torch-wielding group chanted “Russia is our friend” and “Blood and soil,” but was quickly dispersed by police without any arrests. Spencer dismissed comparisons to the Ku Klux Klan’s notorious torch-bearing mobs, and taunted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello’s denunciation, tweeting, ”We won, you lost, little Tommy.” The Confederacy lost the Civil War decisively in 1865.

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    China Opens $900 Billion Infrastructure Project

    They want a modern Silk Road. Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed delegates from more than 100 countries, including 28 heads of state, to a two-day summit in Beijing to push China’s $900 billion “Belt and Road” infrastructure initiative. India hit back, boycotting the summit and lambasting the scheme as foolhardy and old-fashioned. But Xi — who’s gearing up for a potential second term as his country’s leader — is pushing for increased globalization, taking advantage of Washington’s current instability to establish China’s dominance in world trade.

  6. Nuclear Future, Car Collaborations and the Penalties of Nudity

    Know This: North Korea claims it has successfully tested a missile that can carry a nuclear warhead, in what’s widely seen as an attempt to provoke South Korea’s new president. Waymo and Lyft have struck a deal to collaborate on developing autonomous cars. And a battle is brewing over Bears Ears National Monument.

    Consequences: A Ukrainian man who jumped on stage during the Eurovision Song Contest wearing an Australian flag and mooned the audience could face five years in prison for the stunt.

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    Facebook’s Sandberg Pushes for Policy Change on Mother’s Day

    “We need paid leave.” So said the social media giant’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, in a call to arms posted on Mother’s Day. She targeted public policies on parental work conditions, and safety nets for working mothers in particular, saying it was time for them to “catch up with what our families deserve and our values demand.” Sandberg, who also authored the hit book Lean In on women’s leadership roles in the workplace, advocated for paid family leave, affordable childcare and a higher minimum wage as first steps.

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    Unprecedented Cache of Mummies Discovered in Central Egypt

    This could breathe life back into the tourism industry. Archaeologists excavating a burial site in the village of Tuna al-Gabal have found 17 mummies, thought to be about 1,500 years old. They’re believed to be non-royal mummies — rare finds, as commoners in ancient Egypt were less well-preserved than the higher classes — and archaeologists believe there may be even more bodies to be found. This is the second discovery of new mummies in a month, and Egyptian officials are hopeful the finds will lure skittish tourists.

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    What Shapes Global Migration Patterns?

    Give me your tired, your poor, your cruise ship workers. While most immigrant communities can draw links between native and adopted lands through histories of colonialism and language, others have slightly less logical beginnings. From Thais in Iceland, sparked by a handful of 1980s marriages, to Cape Verdeans in Rotterdam who arrived as cruise ship workers in the 1970s, examples of what sociologists call “cumulative causation” can be seen almost everywhere. Through it, seemingly trivial beginnings can help forge mechanisms of permanent migration that on the surface appear without rhyme or reason.

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    Scientist Kara McCullough Crowned Miss USA

    D.C.’s done it again. For the second year running, the woman representing the District of Columbia has won the Miss USA crown. This year it’s Kara McCullough, 25, a chemist for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2015, the pageant was rocked by then-candidate Donald Trump’s remarks about immigrants, but the president has since sold the pageant, which this year emphasized diversity and inclusiveness, with five contestants who are immigrants. But McCullough sparked controversy of her own when she described health care as a “privilege” rather than a right.

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    Yankees Retire Derek Jeter’s No. 2 Jersey

    His number’s up. The 14-time All-Star had his legacy immortalized at Monument Park Sunday in a pregame ceremony that retired the shortstop’s No. 2 jersey, the 21st retired by the team. Over Jeter’s illustrious 20-year career, he won five World Series and he still leads the Yankees in hits (3,465), games played (2,747) and tenure as team captain. Addressing the New York crowd with an off-the-cuff speech, an emotional Jeter thanked the fans and the franchise, and Joe Torre called him the greatest player he’d ever managed.