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  1. Iraqi ‘Victory’ in Mosul, New Kremlin Link Revelation and a Singular Climate

    Know this: Iraq’s prime minister has arrived in Mosul to declare victory over ISIS after a nine-month campaign that saw thousands killed and a million displaced, though further suicide bombings and attacks by sleeper cells are anticipated. Members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle met in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin, a revelation the New York Times confirmed with Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr. And authorities in Charlottesville, Virginia, have arrested 23 people amid protests between KKK members protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and counter-demonstrators.

    Parse This: “…it will immediately cease the implementation of its current nationally-determined contribution and affirms its strong commitment to an approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs.” — G-20 summit statement acknowledging the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. President Trump called the meeting a “wonderful success.”

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