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    Trump Draws Anger Over Vulgar Twitter Insult

    Oops, he did it again. President Donald Trump came under fire on Thursday — including from fellow Republicans — for scathing insults he hurled on Twitter toward MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Besides calling them “Psycho Joe” and “low I.Q. Crazy Mika,” he claimed that when the pair turned up to his Mar-a-Lago resort earlier this year, Brzezinski “was bleeding badly from a face-lift.” Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to defend the comment by highlighting the president’s commitment to fighting “fire with fire” — but that’s highly unlikely to kill the criticism.


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    Senior Catholic Cardinal Charged With Sexual Abuse

    It’s been a long time coming. After a two-year investigation, Cardinal George Pell, a senior prelate and top adviser to Pope Francis, has been charged by police in the Australian state of Victoria with multiple historical sexual assault offenses. A detailed list of charges wasn’t released, but Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic and de facto chief of the Vatican’s finances, has denied all allegations. The cardinal says he’ll return to Australia for his summons on July 18, insisting, “I’m looking forward to having my day in court.”

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    Trump Travel Ban Guidelines Take Effect Today

    Family matters. The Supreme Court upheld part of President Donald Trump’s travel ban Monday, specifying that refugees and travelers from restricted countries can only enter the U.S. if they can prove a family or business connection to the country. “Family” has now been clarified: Only spouses, parents, children and siblings are eligible, with fiancés and grandparents considered a step too far. Meanwhile, airport security for U.S.-bound flights is set to get more stringent as Europe tries to avoid an in-cabin laptop ban that many fear could deter travelers completely.

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    GOP Scrambles to Rework Obamacare Replacement

    The prognosis is uncertain. Since Senate Republicans were forced to postpone a vote on their deeply unpopular health care plan, which would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured by 2026, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been holding frantic meetings with undecided senators, hoping to win over enough to ram the bill through. Democrats have stayed united against the legislation, but said they’re happy to negotiate edits to Obamacare — just not a full repeal. Meanwhile, President Trump predicted “a great, great surprise” on health care, though no clear outcome is in sight.

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    Banks Set to Deliver Huge Payouts After Passing Stress Tests

    They’re in the money again. For the first time since 2011, all 34 banks subject to stress testing by the Federal Reserve passed yesterday — a sign of stable economic health and a boon to shareholders, who can now start receiving the first big payouts since the financial crisis. Banks can now return 100 percent of profits to shareholders, up from 65 percent last year. Some see the pass rate as a sign of the Trump administration’s new priorities, as banks set about sending dividends soaring.

  6. Blue Apron’s Letdown, a Mystery Pilot and Buying Citizenship

    Know This: Meal kit delivery company Blue Apron only raised $300 million, about a third less than expected, when it went public yesterday. Venezuelans are baffled by the helicopter attack on the supreme court in Caracas yesterday — and Oscar Pérez, the part-time action movie actor and police officer allegedly behind it. And Japanese budget carrier Vanilla Air is under fire after forcing a disabled passenger to crawl onto the plane when they forbid his friends from carrying him for “security reasons.” 

    Read This: 12 days. That’s how long billionaire Peter Thiel stayed in New Zealand before being granted citizenship in 2011, according to newly released documents. Normally, would-be citizens have to stay for at least 1,350 days over a period of five years.

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    Teen Charged in Boyfriend’s Death During YouTube Stunt

    They wanted to be famous. Monalisa Perez, 19, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after accidentally killing her 22-year-old boyfriend while filming a stunt. Perez says Pedro Ruiz convinced her to shoot at him to raise the Minnesota couple’s YouTube profile. The stunt was meant to see Ruiz stop a bullet using a book, but when Perez fired — from a foot away with a .50-caliber firearm — it ended in tragedy. Perez, pregnant with the couple’s second child, could face 10 years in prison.

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    India Takes Affordable Health Care Global

    There’s a premium on care. India has long acted as the world’s pharmacy with cheap generic drugs, but now it’s Indian health care that’s looking to take the global stage. While the local medical industry is expected to explode from $79 billion in 2013 to $280 billion by 2020, demand abroad is also booming as economies stabilize across the developing world. Whether investing directly in foreign hospitals, entering into joint ventures, or simply managing medical facilities abroad, India’s well-placed to be an affordable alternative to Western hospitals.

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    Germany to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

    Will it be a yes? After years of deadlock, German lawmakers will decide on Friday whether to legalize gay marriage. The measure is widely expected to pass now that Chancellor Angela Merkel has dropped her opposition, citing a recent meeting with a lesbian couple. Marriage equality has been a long time coming in Germany, where critics say the ruling coalition has made scant progress in recent years despite widespread public support. Friday’s bill would grant full rights to same-sex couples, perhaps most notably the opportunity to adopt children.

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    ‘Wonder Woman’ Less Super for International Audiences

    Wonder why. It may be smashing box office records in America, but Wonder Woman is getting a cooler reception abroad. While Hollywood movies often earn as much as 65 percent of revenue from international markets, only 51 percent of this film’s $657 million has come from overseas. In some countries — ahem, Russia — audiences apparently aren’t ready for a female superhero. International viewers have also been slow to embrace unfamiliar origin stories without established stars — concerns likely to be mitigated by the time a sequel flies in.

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    Feds Probe World Athletics Championships Host Selection

    They need to clear a few hurdles. The FBI and IRS announced that they’re investigating the conditions under which the International Association of Athletics Federations awarded the 2021 track and field world championships to Eugene, Oregon. Eugene’s Hayward Field was chosen in a secret vote, bypassing the usual bidding process, and reports suggest that IAAF President Sebastian Coe lobbied for Eugene while still a Nike ambassador. Nike has a large presence at the University of Oregon and is based nearby. Coe resigned from his Nike position in 2015 and denies any wrongdoing.