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6.11.2018
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Need To Know.
Justify.
Justify won the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, becoming the second horse to win the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing in the past four years and the 13th in the sport's history. Justify entered the race as the odds-on favorite after winning the Kentucky Derby on May 5th and the Preakness Stakes on May 19th. The three-year-old Justify became the first Triple Crown winner to have not run a single race as a two-year-old, and only the second undefeated (counting non-Triple Crown races) winner. He is expected to race through 2018 and will attempt to win the sports Grand Slam, which in addition to the Triple Crown races requires a Breeders' Cup victory, held in early November. The only other horse to win the Grand Slam was American Pharaoh in 2015, and both Pharaoh and Justify were trained by Bob Baffert. 

Justify's breeding rights - the horse will breed about 250 times in his first year after racing - are expected to fetch $75M. 

US-North Korea Summit.
President Trump is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore beginning tonight (Tuesday morning local time). It will be the first meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader. Talks will focus on denuclearization of the North, though what that entails specifically is yet to be seen. Experts believe the North has anywhere from 15 to 60 nuclear bombs stockpiled, and the country is on the verge of developing a delivery system capable of reaching the US West Coast using intercontinental ballistic missiles. In return, the North may ask for measures ranging from normalized relations with the US to having the US remove its nearly 23,000 troops from the Korean peninsula. The summit comes on the heels of a contentious meeting of US allies - a group known as the G7, or Group of Seven. The US refused to support the meeting's statement of policy after an escalating war of words between Trump and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau over recent tariffs imposed by both countries. 

Trump enjoyed an early birthday cake during a working lunch on Monday - he turns 72 on Thursday. 

Warriors Win NBA Championship.
The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship over the weekend, completing a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers with Friday's 108-85 Game 4 victory. The win marks the Warrior's third championship in the past four years - they've faced the LeBron James-led Cavs in each of the past four finals, losing the 2016 match-up. Kevin Durant, who averaged nearly 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists per game during the series, was named Finals MVP for the second straight year. On the Cavs side, the loss marks the beginning of free agency for LeBron James - who revealed in the post-game press conference that he had been playing with an injured hand since punching a white board after the Game 1 loss. James has led his teams to the past eight NBA Finals, so whether he chooses to remain in Cleveland or head elsewhere is expected to dominate the off-season conversation

 
In The Know.

Business & Markets.

Swiss voters reject campaign that would have altered banking system by allowing only money created by Swiss National Bank (More)
John Lasseter - chief creative officer for Pixar and Disney Animation - to leave company following sexual harassment allegations (More)
Personal shopping service Stitch Fix blows past Wall Street expectations, stock up 26% (More)
 

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain dies of suicide at age 61 (More
Rafael Nadal wins his 11th French Open, 17th grand slam title (More) | Simona Halep defeats American Sloane Stephens to win Women's title (More)
The Band's Visit wins Best Musical at the Tony Awards (More) | Full list of winners (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Colorado wildfires double in size in 24 hours, have now burned nearly 17,000 acres (More)
New Democratic National Committee rule would require Democratic presidential candidates to be registered Democrats, would exclude Independents like Bernie Sanders (More)
Special Counsel Mueller brings new obstruction charges against ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort, asks to revoke conditional release (More)
 

Science & Technology.

The US unveils the world's most powerful supercomputer with Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, retakes global lead from China (More)
Researchers reverse cognitive impairment in mice with dementia driven by so-called tau proteins, the second-most important brain lesion in Alzheimer's patients (More)
Prototype device demonstrates water harvest from ambient air in desert conditions (More)
Etcetera.
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Clickbait: Actor Vince Vaughn grins in mugshot after being arrested on suspicion of DUI

Historybook: HBD Jeannette Rankin (1880); JFK sends in National Guard to integrate University of Alabama (1963); RIP John Wayne (1979); RIP Ruby Dee (2014).

 
"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway."
- John Wayne

 
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