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6.21.2018
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Need To Know.
Trump Scales Back Border Separations.
President Trump signed an executive order allowing illegal immigrant families taken into custody to remain together longer. The decision follows increasing public backlash over the "zero tolerance" policy that has resulted in nearly 2,000 children being separated from their adult companions since mid-April - often parents - after being detained for illegal entry into the country. Under previous policy, detainees were usually kept together and went before an immigration judge prior to deportation. Under the new policy, adults face criminal prosecution - children can't accompany the adults to federal jail, and as a result, are separated and placed into a separate processing track. The executive order does not end criminal prosecution, but allows families to remain together while in custody. Text of the order was not immediately available.  

For more, read an interesting analysis on this legal sticky wicket.

NBA Draft Tonight.
The NBA Draft takes place tonight place tonight (7pm ET, ESPN) at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY. The Phoenix Suns, who snagged the top spot in the draft lottery after finishing with a league-worst 21-61 record last season will kick off the draft, followed by the Sacramento Kings (27-55 record), Atlanta Hawks (24-58), and Memphis Grizzlies (22-60). Top prospects include DeAndre Ayton, a center from Arizona, Luka Doncic (guard, Real Madrid), Jaren Jackson Jr. (center, Michigan State), and Marvin Bagley III (forward, Duke). The teams at the top are faced with a difficult decision, with a number of blockbuster free agents - including LeBron James, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, and Chris Paul - currently up in the air regarding their next steps. The San Antonio Spurs' star Kawhi Leonard has also reportedly requested a trade, partially over the way the team handled a quad injury he suffered last season. 

Check out the hits and misses of the last ten drafts

War Crimes in Syria.
A United Nations report concluded that war crimes were committed by both Syrian pro-government forces and rebel forces during the siege of Eastern Ghouta. The 5-year siege was one of the longest in modern history and left more than 1,700 people dead, coming to an end in April after a two-month offensive by government forces. The report accused pro-government forces of indiscriminately inflicting harm on civilians trapped in the area, while saying rebel forces consistently fired unguided mortar shells into nearby Damascus suburbs, killing and maiming innocent civilians (read full report here). The city was one of the strongest rebel enclaves - and one of the bloodiest battles - of the country's nearly seven-year-long civil war. 

See photos from the city throughout the siege here

 
In The Know.

Business & Markets.

Disney increases bid for 21st Century Fox film & TV businesses, as it looks to outbid Comcast's at $65B (More)
Dr. Atul Gawande - preeminent surgeon and researcher - named CEO of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan employee health joint venture (More)
AMC Theaters launches $20 movie subscription plan to take on MoviePass (More)
 

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Gatorade is introducing a sugar-free drink for 1st time in its 53-year history (More)
Spain beats Iran in World Cup; watch 90 (minutes) in 90 (seconds) highlights (More) | Full World Cup results & schedule (More)
Upcoming Star Wars spinoff films put on hold after lackluster Solo performance at box office (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

NYC to end marijuana arrests for most individuals, violators will receive notice to appear in court similar to traffic violation (More)
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he will spend up to $80M to support congressional Democrats in 2018 midterms (More)
US census says population of non-Hispanic whites fell for first time in US history between 2015 and 2016 (More)
 

Science & Technology.

MIT researchers unveil system that enables human control of robots with brainwaves and hand gestures (More)
Using stem cells infused with ancient DNA, scientists on verge of growing miniature versions of Neanderthal brains in lab (More)
Instagram rolls out IGTV, allows users to upload original content up to one hour long (More) | Instagram hits 1 billion users (More)
Think Healthspan, Not Lifespan.

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Meet Elysium Health, a science-first health company founded by the director of the Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging Research at MIT, Dr. Leonard Guarente. Their first product, Basis, focuses on health at the cellular level, with compounds that promote the production of a coenzyme (NAD+) essential for biological processes like DNA maintenance and your circadian rhythm, to keep you healthier for longer.
 
In Depth.

The World's Most Stolen Painting. 

Mental Floss | Lucas Reilly. The story of the Ghent Altarpiece, a large and complex multi-paneled artwork from the 15th century. Considered a national treasure of Belgium and coveted for its attention to detail, the work has been stolen, censored, nearly burned, smuggled, and sold countless times.
 

The Death of a Once Great City. 

Harper's | Kevin Baker. Modern-day New York City may be wealthier, healthier, and safer than ever before. But is rising urban affluence - a trend seen across major US cities - destroying the middle class core that made the city great
Etcetera.
Today is the summer solstice - here are six things to know about the longest day of the year

...Speaking of summer, the best (and worst) US states for summer road trips.


Ugh Millennials: Won't stop worrying about their massive debt.

Harvard Business Review on how CEOs spend their time


Seattle bans plastic straws and utensils - is your city next?

American study abroad students increasingly heading to Asia.

Study says light drinking may be better than not drinking when it comes to cancer or death.  

Here's why there are no mosquitoes in Disney World (video). 


Clickbait: Eels are getting high on residual cocaine in polluted rivers

Historybook: US Constitution is ratified (1788); HBD Benazir Bhutto (1953); HBD Chris Pratt (1979); HBD Prince William (1982); Frida Kahlo is 1st Hispanic woman honored on US postage stamp (2001).
"Leadership is about the strength of one's convictions, the ability to endure the punches, and the energy to promote an idea."
- Benazir Bhutto

 
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