Monday July 10, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Monday July 10, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Sunday, the continued investigation into how and when Russians attempted to interfere with the 2016 Presidential election, Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. admitted meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer two weeks before his father, Donald Trump, accepted the GOP nomination for President. Trump Jr. admitted he agreed to the meeting because he was offered information that would embarrass and/or derail the Hillary Clinton campaign. The New York Times first issued the story of the meeting and originally Trump Jr. explained he was there with Jared Kushner and former campaign director Paul Manafort to discuss Russian adoption laws involving Americans. Within hours, Trump Jr. admitted that the real reason he took the meeting was to receive damaging information about Clinton. Trump Jr. then stated he did not receive the information.

2. Meanwhile, on Sunday, President Trump tweeted that “Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!” Trump also tweeted that the U.S and Russia should move forward with a cyber security pact. For many that ‘wish’ of the President’s is naïve and premature. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated that working with President Putin on cybersecurity threats was like asking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to partner on chemical weapons. Rubio said Putin “will never be a trusted ally or a reliable constructive partner.” Senator Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said that the idea of partnering with Russia on cybersecurity is “not the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard, but it’s pretty close.” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) also weighed in on the President’s idea stating that that Russia has faced “no penalty whatsoever” by the Trump administration for its hacking attempt.

3. Sunday, a New York state trooper has been shot dead while responding to a domestic dispute in Jefferson County. Trooper Joel R. Davis was shot as he approached a residence in the town of Theresa after being called out for a domestic dispute. Davis was shot as he approached the residence of 32-year old Justin D. Walters, an active duty Army infantryman who is stationed at Fort Drum. The body of Walters wife, Nichole V. Walters, 27 was discovered after the gunman turned himself over to authorities. Another woman who was at the residence was also shot but is in stable condition at an area hospital. Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Sunday, “The entire New York family grieves today. His death is yet another sad reminder of the risks law enforcement officers face each day in order to protect our communities and serve the residents of this great state.”

4. On the Sunday, two Republicans lawmakers stated that it is their belief that the GOP health care plan is not going to pass and that the bill is basically D.O.A. Senator Bill Cassidy, (R-La) stated that “Clearly, the draft plan is dead. Is the serious rewrite plan dead? I don’t know.” Senator John McCain, (R-AZ) stated that it was time for the GOP to work with their Democratic counterparts. McCain said, “if Democrats are included, he said, it doesn’t mean “they control it. It means they can have amendments considered. And even when they lose, then they’re part of the process. That’s what democracy is supposed to be all about.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY), who drafted the bill, is facing steep opposition from within his own party is said to be creating a new bill which would be to a smaller bill with quick help for insurers and consumers and negotiate with Democrats.

5. Chris Uhlmann, the political editor at the government-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation, on Sunday, offered his opinion of how the Donald Trump the President of the United States, performed at the G-20 Summit last week. Uhlmann stated, “The G20 became the G19 as it ended.” He continued to say “on the Paris Climate Accords, the U.S. was left isolated and friendless.” Uhlmann explained “Donald Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader. Some will cheer the decline of America, but I think we’ll miss it when it’s gone — and that’s the biggest threat to the values of the West, which he claims to hold so dear.” Uhlmann is not a liberal main stream media type that the Trump administration has targeted for being out of touch. Uhlmann once ran for public office in the Australian Capital Territory’s state election on a ticket with the conservative Christian independent Paul Osborne. Uhlmann has been the national political editor of ABC news since 2015, and won a Walkley award, Australia’s highest journalism honor, for broadcast interviewing in 2008.

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