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  1. Briefly From OZY: Organic Gun Battle, Putin Aversion and Enemies’ Enemy

    Know This:  One woman is dead after a man entered a Los Angeles Trader Joe’s, took hostages and exchanged gunfire with police Saturday evening. Newly released court documents indicate FBI investigators thought Russia was trying to recruit then-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016. And Iran is threatening to block oil shipments of other Gulf nations if its own are embargoed.

    Bad News Bearers: “They brought with them words of alarm from Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, as well as from a host of congressional leaders and supporters of the president for whom Trump’s public praise of Putin proved to be a bridge too far.” – an account of Trump administration luminaries’ efforts to convince the president to retract his Helsinki statements.

    Last Resort: Members of the White Helmets, the search-and-rescue organization nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, found themselves trapped in southwestern Syria as government forces closed in. That left only one avenue of escape for the group, which Russia and Syria label jihadist sympathizers: Israel, whose military has reportedly just evacuated some 800 members and their families to safety in Jordan.

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