Tuesday June 20, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Tuesday June 20, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was arrested and held in North Korea for over 15 months died Monday afternoon only days after he had been medically evacuated last week when it was announced that Warmbier had slipped into a coma possibly over a year ago. Surrounding by his family at his home, Warmbier died. The parents of Otto Warmbier released a statement about the death of their son who was a student at the University of Virginia when he was arrested by North Korean officials. The family stated, ““Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.”

2. Tuesday, voters in the first district of Georgia will go the polls today to pick their new member of Congress. The race which has captive attention throughout the nation as a bellwether of the Trump administration. The seat has been in Republican hands since Jimmy Carter was President has become the costliest Congressional election yet and is expected to a very tight race between the GOP candidate Karen Handel and newcomer Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. The race has been ugly as certain PAC groups have run television ads connecting the young Democratic candidate to the mass shooting of the GOP members of Congress last week.

3. New information was released by House Democrats Monday, which indicated that former National Security advisor Michael Flynn did not document a trip to the Middle East in 2015 where he worked on a U.S.-Russian venture in Saudi Arabia before he joined the Trump campaign. Representatives Elijah Cummings and Eliot Engel, the ranking members of the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, in a letter published on Monday, “Most troubling of all, we have no record of Gen. Flynn identifying on his security clearance renewal application – or during his interview with security clearance investigators – even a single foreign government he had contact with.” Many Lawmakers believe that Flynn’s travels were related to a proposed U.S.-Russian partnership that would have been financed by Saudi Arabia to build, operate and secure dozens of nuclear reactors throughout the Middle East. Cummings and Engel wrote that “General Flynn failed to disclose these contacts with Saudi or other foreign officials on his security clearance application or during his interview with security clearance investigators which could constitute further violations” of federal law.”

4. Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States announced their decision to hear a Wisconsin gerrymandering case which challengers say district lines were drawn to unconstitutionally to benefit Republicans. The findings of the case could end up having a major impact on how district lines are drawn up nationwide. The court has ruled that too much partisanship in map drawing is illegal, but has not ruled on how much is too much. The Supreme Court earlier this year ruled on another gerrymandering case in North Carolina when the Court ruled in favor of Democrats who stated that the GOP had had illegally drawn a district that changed the racial makeup of the district.

5. Monday, tensions arose between the United States and Russia, when Russia warned the U. S. then suspended a flight coordination hotline then Russia also threatened to target U.S. coalition planes. Speaking in Washington on Monday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford says talks, not “hyperbole,” are needed. The U.S. says it downed the Syrian jet on Sunday after it dropped bombs near U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces conducting operations against the Islamic State group.

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