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Ronaldo Leaves Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo will leave his current team Real Madrid to join the Italian squad Juventus, according to news reports confirmed by Real Madrid yesterday. Ronaldo, an international soccer superstar routinely voted as one of the world's most famous athletes, had reportedly felt his relationship with club president Florentino Perez had soured. The Turin-based Juventus will pay Real Madrid $110M for his rights - European soccer has a somewhat complicated transfer market where clubs can pay for players prior to their contract expiring (read more here). In nine seasons with Madrid, the 33-year-old scored 450 goals and won the equivalent of international soccer's MVP (the Ballon d'Or) four times, while guiding Madrid to four Champions League titles. 

In the World Cup semifinals, France beat Belgium 1-0 to advance to the finals while England plays Croatia today (Fox, 2pm ET) for the second spot. 

China Tariffs Round Two.
The Trump administration proposed a second round of tariffs on Chinese goods entering the country yesterday. The proposal would effectively level a 10% tax on over 6,000 items totaling roughly $200B in cumulative value. The proposed tariffs represent the next step in an escalating trade war between the two countries, which the US says is needed to address intellectual property theft and other unfair business practices by China. A first round of $34B in tariffs on Chinese imports went into effect last Friday - they were immediately met with $34B in retaliatory tariffs by China on US goods. The US imports about $480B in goods from China each year, so a second round of tariffs would mean roughly 48% of all Chinese goods entering the US have some amount of tax levied on them. 

Trump Visits NATO.

President Trump joins the annual summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization today, where he is expected to focus on defense spending levels of NATO's European countries. Members of the organization - which is meant to provide collective defense among the partners - are expected to spend 2% of their GDP on defense, but only 4 of 29 countries do (see numbers here). During a morning breakfast Trump criticized Germany, who spends only 1.24% on defense, over an energy deal with Russia which the US opposes. The agenda also includes discussion on a readiness initiative to respond to major threats within 30 days. Trump's seven-day European trip includes meetings with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and England's Queen Elizabeth II, and a Sunday sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Kind of know what NATO is, but not really? Here's an explainer
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

NFL players union challenges league policy requiring players to stand for National Anthem (More)
> Music mogul Russell Simmons accused of 1990 rape by model Alexia Norton Jones (More)
George Clooney suffers minor injuries in scooter crash in Italy; see video of crash (More)

Science & Technology.

Tesla says it will open Chinese factory outside Shanghai with 500,000-car annual production capacity (More)
New analysis details the interaction between the Arctic's polar vortex and the Earth's jet stream, a key to better weather forecasting across the globe (More)
Scientists use CRISPR to speed up the dissemination of specific genes throughout individual species, gives ability for "accelerated inheritance" (More)

Business & Markets.

Ridesharing giant Uber's Human Resources chief resigns amid allegations racial discrimination complaints were dismissed (More)
Pfizer delays drug price hikes after criticism, discussion with President Trump (More)
AT&T to buy cybersecurity firm AlienVault to expand security products for small & medium businesses (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

Trump pardons Oregon ranchers jailed for 2012 arson on federal land meant to cover up illegal hunting; case inspired 40-day standoff in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by separate land-rights group (More)
All 12 boys plus their soccer coach rescued from flooded cave in northern Thailand (More)
Top Indian court begins hearing landmark LGBT case to overturn 158-year-old colonial law that outlaws homosexual acts (More)
A new survey suggests 1 in 4 teenage girls self-harm in some way

What we purchase can predict our politics - sometimes with 90% accuracy (paywall).

Nearly 70% of Americans report being satisfied with their lives

Watch amazing video of a dust storm rolling through Arizona

Photographer makes sliced fruit glow like stained glass windows

Original map of Hundred Acre Wood from Winnie-the-Pooh sets auction record.

After a 10-year hunt, 1,300-pound crocodile finally caught in Australia.

Southwest Airlines to stop serving peanuts on all flights

After his dramatic phantom World Cup injuries, the Neymar challenge is sweeping the internet.

Clickbait: Interview Cat doesn't care about your serious political discussion

Historybook: HBD John Q. Adams (1767); Vice President Aaron Burr kills Alexander Hamilton in duel (1804); To Kill a Mockingbird is published (1960); RIP Laurence Olivier (1989); RIP Lady Bird Johnson (2007).

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- Lady Bird Johnson

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