6.26.2019

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Mueller to Testify.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify in an open-door hearing before Congress, according to officials yesterday. The appearance, set for July 17th, will come in a joint hearing held by the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, who have sought information underlying the probe into Russian election meddling. Democrats have zeroed in on what they say are 10 examples of potential obstruction of justice (see list) by President Trump, alleging he attempted to thwart the investigation, which included a look at whether members of his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian actors. The probe ultimately found insufficient evidence to support collusion charges, but made no comment on obstruction. The hearing comes weeks after Mueller's only public comments, in which he said he preferred not to appear before Congress, saying the report should function as his testimony.  
Democratic Debates (Day 1).
The first of two days of primary debates kicks off tonight in Miami (9pm ET, NBC), as Democrats begin narrowing a historically large field of candidates to choose a presidential nominee. To manage the large field - of 25 confirmed candidates, 20 made the debates - organizers split the group into two sets of ten. Tonight's lineup is heavy on longshot candidates, though is headlined by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Cory Booker (NJ), along with Texan and former House Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Obama Housing Secretary Julian Castro (full lineup here). To maximize time, there will be no traditional opening statement, and candidates will have 60 seconds to answer questions and 30 seconds per response. See a guide to all the Democratic candidates in the race here (paywall, Quartz). 

Read a brief history of how the nomination process shifted from Congress to the people.
Illinois OK's Recreational Pot.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a law making Illinois the 11th US state to allow recreational use of marijuana, and the first where the legislature approved the selling of the drug. The new law, which will take effect January 1st, 2020, also established a state-wide distribution system that proponents say will eventually raise between $440M and $670M in tax revenue annually. Residents can legally possess up to 30 grams of marijuana - non-residents can hold up to 15 grams - and over 800,000 people who had been charged for possessing under that amount could have their records expunged. Pritzker also noted that while black residents make up 15% of the state's population, they make up 60% of possession arrests. The law requires at least 25% of tax proceeds to be reinvested in low-income communities. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> France’s Mirazur named World’s Best Restaurant, top US restaurant is NYC’s Cosme at #23; see full Top 50 list (More)
> Chicago PD releases body cam footage of Jussie Smollett shortly after his alleged attack; Smollet is filmed with a rope around his neck (More)
> YouTube gaming star Etika found dead at 29 from apparent suicide (More) | Steve Dunleavy, longtime New York Post columnist, dies at 81 (More)
Science & Technology.
> MIT Technology Review releases annual 35 under 35 list of top innovators (More)
> SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy with payload including LightSail-2 technology, which will attempt to propel a small satellite via large sails that harness solar wind (More)
> Security experts uncover massive, highly-targeted hack of major cell providers; hackers obtained meticulously-detailed phone logs on 20 individuals over 7 years (More)
Business & Markets.
> Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie to purchase Botox producer Allergan for $63B (More)
> US stock markets slide (S&P 500 -1.0%, Dow -0.7%, Nasdaq -1.5%) on weak economic data & Fed Chairman Powell pushback on President Trump pressure to cut rates (More) | ...and US consumer confidence plunges to 21-month low amidst trade war concerns (More)
> Apple acquires autonomous driving startup Drive.ai days before it would have reportedly collapsed (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Melania Trump spokesperson Stephanie Grisham to take over as White House press secretary for departing Sarah Sanders (More) | Acting Customs and Border Protection chief John Sanders to step down (More
> Oregon State Senate leader appears to shelve cap-and-trade bill after Republican lawmakers stage six-day walkout, deny the chamber quorum (More)
> Europe braces for potential record-setting heat wave, temperatures may reach as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit in France (More)
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Stanford pledges $4.7B for housing and transportation in the Bay Area
The story of David Bellavia, the first living Iraq War vet to be awarded the Medal of Honor
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Researchers capture first footage of a giant squid off the US coast
How to have great conversations with strangers
Google sister company Sidewalk unveils its plans for Toronto's waterfront
Eerie photos capture a flooded North Dakota farming community
Breakdancing gets one step closer to the Olympics
Clickbait: 93-year-old woman gets arrested as part of bucket list
Historybook: Francisco Pizarro is assassinated (1541); Sports great Babe Didrikson Zaharias born (1911); Berlin Airlift begins (1948); JFK delivers famous  ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech (1963); Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in US (2015).
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