Top News Stories for Today – July 11, 2017
Trump Jr. knew Russian wanted to help his father
In June 2016, Donald Trump Jr. received an email saying a Russian lawyer who wanted to meet with him had damaging information about Hillary Clinton, and the source of her material was the Russian government, which wanted to aid his father’s candidacy, The New York Times reported Monday. The email, described to the Times by three people with knowledge of it, was sent by Rod Goldstone, a publicist who represents Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, whose father, Aras Agalarov, was Donald Trump’s business partner in bringing the 2013 Miss Universe pageant to Moscow.
The meeting between Trump Jr. and Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya took place June 9 at Trump Tower. Trump Jr. told the Times on Saturday they merely discussed adoption of Russian children by Americans, but after new reporting came out Sunday, he told the Times he met with Veselnitskaya after learning she had information on Clinton, but what she told him was “ambiguous” and “made no sense.” Goldstone told the Times Monday he was asked to broker the meeting by Emin Agalarov, who said Veselnitskaya had “information about illegal campaign contributions” to the Democratic National Committee. Trump Jr.’s recently retained attorney, Alan Futerfas, told the Times that in his view, “this is much ado about nothing.” The New York Times, The Week
At least 16 dead in military plane crash in Mississippi
Officials said a US military plane crashed Monday afternoon in a soybean field in rural Mississippi, killing at least 16 people. “Most of them are gonna be Marines,” Leflore County EMA Director Frank Randle said. Marine Corps spokeswoman Lt. Kristine Rascicot confirmed the plane that crashed was a USMC KC-130, a refueling plane.
Officials have not said where the plane originated or where it was headed, and Randle was unable to confirm if any civilians were onboard. Greenwood Fire Chief Marcus Bank told the Greenwood Commonwealth the debris field was roughly five miles in radius. The Clarion-Ledger, The Week
Hunt for new FBI headquarters abandoned
After a decade of trying to find a new location for FBI headquarters, the General Services Administration is ending its expensive search, GSA officials told The Washington Post. The GSA, which manages federal real estate, had wanted to trade the outdated J. Edgar Hoover Building to a developer and use close to $2 billion in taxpayer funds to take care of the rest of the cost.
They were unable to convince Congress to fully support the plan, and on Tuesday morning, GSA officials will call bidders and attend meetings on Capitol Hill to let people know the search is off, the Post reports. There are 9,500 employees at FBI headquarters, and the bureau has outgrown the Hoover Building, with the GSA putting workers at 12 buildings across the D.C. area. In 2015, the Post was given a tour of the Hoover Building, which it said was crumbling, in need of modernization, and susceptible to attacks. The Washington Post
World Population Day
Tuesday is World Population Day and this year’s theme is family planning. The Earth’s population is expected to hit 8 billion by 2023 and millions of women want to avoid pregnancy, but still don’t have access to contraception.
Population growth is concentrated in the world’s poorest countries, and family planning can ease population pressure put on their natural resources and their economy. Women’s rights advocates around the world are trying to meet global family planning needs, but slow progress and looming funding cuts are impeding their goals. USA Today
Republicans still searching for Obamacare repeal formula
After a weeklong recess, Senate Republicans returned to Washington on Monday still searching for a legislative formula to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, known as Obamacare.
Conservative Republicans want to dramatically pare back the federal government’s role in health care, but moderates worry that their poor and vulnerable constituents would lose coverage. However, as discussions play out among Republican senators, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, the status quo is not working. VOA
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