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Democratic Debates (Day 2).
The second round of Democratic debates takes place tonight in Miami (9pm ET, NBC), concluding the first step in narrowing down a historically large primary. Tonight's lineup has a number of leading candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who enters with a 6 to 19 point lead in recent polls (see here) - despite criticism of recent comments about his time working with segregationists. Next to Biden will be other high-profile contenders including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), and upstart candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg has also taken criticism over his handling of a racially-charged police shooting back at home in South Bend, IN. The lineup also includes two candidates never before elected to public office in technologist Andrew Yang and author Marianne Williamson. See highlights from the first night here.
The next set of debates will be held on July 30-31st in Detroit.
Parkland Deputies Dismissed.
Two additional Florida deputies have been dismissed following an investigation into the response to the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Both officers, Josh Stambaugh and Edward Eason, were accused of neglect of duty in failing to respond to the shooting that killed 17 students and injured 17 others. Stambaugh, who worked at a nearby school, allegedly hid for a number of minutes before responding, while Eason was accused of failing to report the shooter's threats on social media over three years (in addition to failing to respond adequately). The dismissals follow the arrest of Deputy Scot Peterson, charged with culpable negligence, child neglect, and perjury - Peterson was on duty at the high school when the shooting began, but never entered the building during the attack (see surveillance video). Critics said Peterson could have intervened before the shooter reached his final six victims.
Iran Stretches Nuclear Deal.
Iran's uranium production will surpass caps set by the 2015 nuclear deal over the weekend, according to officials. The caps, which limited the country's stockpile of commercial power-grade uranium to 660 pounds, were originally on track to be broken today, effectively unraveling the multi-lateral deal. Instead, Iran will use the extra day to schedule a meeting with the remaining signatories of the deal (UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia). Commercial-grade uranium is typically enriched with 3-5% uranium-235 - an unstable form of the material that drives nuclear activity. Weapons-grade uranium typically requires near 90% enrichment, however experts say that once 20% enrichment is achieved, nuclear programs can achieve high-purity weapons-grade material fairly quickly (deep dive here).
The news comes as President Trump heads to Japan for the G-20 summit, where Chinese President Xi Jinping will reportedly offer terms to settle the trade dispute (paywall, WSJ) with the US.
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Science & Technology.
> New model supports theory that octopus arms have minds of their own, capable of responding to external stimuli without waiting on signals from brain (More)
> NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since 1969 Apollo 11 mission (More)
> New AI tool can predict breast cancer up to 5 years in advance, works equally well for white and black women; the latter are over 40% more likely to die from breast cancer (More)
Business & Markets.
> Employees at eCommerce giant Wayfair protest in Boston after sale of furniture to Texas facility housing migrant children (More) > Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finds new "potential risk" in Boeing 737 Max, likely to push back return of planes (More)
> StockX – a “stock exchange” for sneakers & other goods – latest startup to join unicorn club (More) | ...And meet the unicorns, private companies worth over $1B (More)
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Politics & World Affairs.
> Senate passes $4.6B border aid deal by 84-8 margin, must reconcile with $4.5B House bill (More) | ...and photo of father and daughter who died trying to cross Rio Grande sparks outrage (More, warning - graphic content)
> South Korean officials say US and North Korea in talks to set up third summit between President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un after second summit failed to reach any agreement (More)
> White House adviser Kellyanne Conway subpoenaed by House Oversight and Reform Committee to testify on alleged Hatch Act violations, which prohibits most federal employees from involvement in elections (More)
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The Insulin Racket.
American Prospect | Natalie Shure. Insulin has been used to treat diabetes for 100 years, but in the last ten, the price of the drug has tripled. With 30 million people currently living with diabetes in America, many struggle to afford the drug that saves their lives - but what caused the price hike? (Read)
How Graffiti Became Gentrified.
New Republic | Daisy Alioto. There was a time when it was unthinkable for graffiti artists to seek permission and compensation for their work. Has the counterculture gone corporate? (Read)
Historybook: Mormon church founder Joseph Smith killed by a mob in a jail (1844); Author Paul Laurence Dunbar born (1872); Helen Keller born (1880); HBD fashion designer Vera Wang (1949); The US enters the Korean War (1950).
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