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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy in Northern France, also known as D-Day, during World War II. The operation - the largest seaborne invasion in history - is widely considered a turning point of the war, leading to the liberation of Nazi-controlled France and eventually Western Europe. Led by General Dwight Eisenhower across five beachheads along a 50-mile stretch of coast (see maps), Allied forces suffered around 10,000 casualties (out of 150,000 who landed) in establishing an infantry stronghold, though the exact figure has been difficult to estimate. President Trump, in the middle of a state visit to the United Kingdom, joined Queen Elizabeth and other world leaders in Southern England - across the English Channel from the French landing zone. Trump recited part of a prayer from former President Franklin Roosevelt during prepared remarks and will visit the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer today.
Check out fascinating then-and-now photos of the Normandy coast here, and photos taken during the invasion here.
Immigration Surges Again.
Over 144,000 undocumented immigrants were stopped by Border Patrol officials in May along the US-Mexico border, the highest monthly total in 13 years and the third straight month with over 100,000 stops. Of the total, nearly 132,000 were stopped while illegally crossing (or having crossed) the border, with the rest presenting themselves at ports of entry to apply for asylum. The surge comes as new tariffs - 5% on all Mexican imports, gradually increasing to 25% by October - are set to kick in next Monday. The White House has said the tariffs will be applied until Mexico makes “satisfactory” efforts to stop migrant flows towards the border.
In related news, the White House halted legal aid and English classes for migrant children housed in shelters at the border.
German Serial Killer Conviction.
A German nurse was convicted of murdering 85 patients over the course of six years, receiving the maximum sentence under German law of life in prison. According to reports, 42-year-old Niels Högel would repeatedly inject patients with a variety of drugs meant to push them close to death before resuscitating them - sometimes succeeding, but oftentimes not. According to reports, it wasn't until colleagues walked in on Högel administering ajmaline and related drugs, which can induce irregular heartbeats, that government officials were notified (but not until another victim had been killed). Critics said the case highlighted flaws in hospital security, oversight processes, and reporting protocols. Police had identified upwards of 200 suspicious deaths linked to Högel, making him the most prolific serial killer in peacetime Germany.
In an eerily similar case, an Ohio critical-care doctor was charged yesterday with 25 counts of murder for intentionally administering lethal doses of painkillers to patients.
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Science & Technology.
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Business & Markets.
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Politics & World Affairs.
> Under public pressure, YouTube to review its policies to potentially ban videos whose purpose is targeted harassment of individuals (More)
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One of D-Day’s Most Famous, Heroic Assaults May Have Been Unnecessary.
The Washington Post | Scott Higham. Seventy-five years ago today, US Army Rangers scaled jagged cliffs and overtook the Germans at Pointe du Hoc - becoming one of the most famous battles during the D-Day invasion. However new evidence suggests the battle may have been entirely unnecessary. (Read, paywall)
Legal Weed is Killing Marijuana Farmers.
Politico | Natalie Fertig. After Proposition 64 was passed in California, the use of recreational marijuana became legal, and with it came broad government oversight. In a counter-intuitive turn of events, ranging marijuana regulations have caused a sharp decline in the overall number of cannabis farmers. (Read)
Historybook: RIP American founding father Patrick Henry (1799); Securities and Exchange Commission established (1933); D-Day: Allies begin Normandy invasions (1944); RIP Bobby Kennedy (1968); RIP actress Anne Bancroft (2005).
"I know of no way of judging the future but by the past." - Patrick Henry
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