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MLB All-Star Game.
The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game takes place tonight at Nationals Park in Washington DC (8pm ET, Fox), with Nationals ace Max Scherzer and Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox facing off as starting pitchers. You can check out the full rosters here - topped by Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (the reigning American League MVP), who led all vote-getters with close to 4.9 million votes. The game itself carries little weight - it used to determine home-field advantage for the World Series until a 2016 rule change - but marks the symbolic halfway point of the season. The story through the first half of the season has been the surprising dominance of the top American League teams - The Boston Red Sox (68-30), Houston Astros (64-35), and the New York Yankees (62-33) are all on track to post over 100 wins. The best National League team to date has been the Chicago Cubs (55-38), and the host Nationals are a disappointing (48-48) after entering the season with high expectations

Hometown favorite Bryce Harper mounted a furious comeback to win the Home Run Derby last night. 

Trump Meets Putin.
President Trump met one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday, reportedly discussing a range of issues including Russian involvement in Syria, US sanctions on Russia, and more. It was the first time the two had spoken in person outside of a brief exchange at the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit in 2017. The meeting came amid the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking into the Clinton campaign in 2016, and the late-breaking news that a Russian operative linked to the National Rifle Association had been arrested for espionage. Trump downplayed accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign during a post-meeting press conference, saying Putin made a "strong and powerful" denial of Russian involvement. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats reiterated the intelligence community's findings that Russia carried out a coordinated campaign of interference - though the agencies haven't taken a position on whether it tilted the election results. 

Netflix Whiffs on Expectations.
Shares of Netflix dropped sharply yesterday after the company announced it added 5.2 million new customers in the second quarter of 2018, about 1 million less than expected. The stock price, which had risen by 109% so far this year, fell by 14% in after-hours trading, erasing nearly $24B in value. While the company said it had "over-forecasted", investors took the numbers as a sign that the company's rapid subscriber growth may finally be slowing. Netflix has been part of a tech boom in 2018, with tech stocks representing 98% of the gains in the SP500 so far this year. Without the so-called FAANG stocks - or Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google - the index would be negative in 2018. 

On the bright side, the company released a teaser trailer for Season 3 of Stranger Things
In The Know.

Science & Technology.

CRIPSR gene-editing technique can cause unwanted deletion of DNA segments up to several thousand base pairs long (More) | What are DNA base pairs? (More)
New test cuts the time needed to identify the microbes in your body from weeks to hours, allows doctors to quickly identify diseases and infections (More)
Chemicals found in common plastics linked to smaller brains in rats when mothers are exposed during pregnancy and early feeding stages (More)

Business & Markets.

Amazon's website briefly crashes during Prime Day (More)
According to sources, Goldman Sachs to name David Solomon next CEO this morning (More)
Warren Buffett donates $3.4B to five charities, including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

House leaders agree on bipartisan bill to ease rules on companies looking to raise capital, package is made up of 32 smaller bills already passed by committee (More)
Federal Communications Commission sends proposed $3.9B Sinclair merger with Tribune Media to administrative review, likely dooming deal (More)
Federal judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families after ACLU claims government is not providing option to apply for asylum (More)

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Forbes releases 2018 Top 100 highest paid entertainers; Floyd Mayweather ($285M), George Clooney ($239M) top list (More)
MTV Video Music Award nominations announced; Cardi B leads all artists with ten nominations (More)
President Obama visits Kenya for first time since presidency, opens youth sports and resource center (More)
In Depth.

The Most Important Video Game On The Planet. 

NY Mag | Brian Feldman. Have you heard about the Fortnite phenomenon, but aren't really sure what it is? With over 125 million players, Fortnite - the 100-player battle royale video game - has been raking in around $300 million per month. See how the creators at Epic Games are disrupting the $137 billion gaming industry with this free game

Thailand Looks To Endorse Medical Pot. 

Bloomberg | Natnicha Chuwiruch. In the 1980’s Thailand was one of the largest exporters of marijuana in the world. Since then, the country has employed extremely strict anti-drug trafficking policies - but they are starting to change their minds. This is how Thailand hopes to lead Asia in the movement towards marijuana legalization
Income inequality in the US is rising most rapidly among Asian Americans

23 people hospitalized in Hawaii after a "lava bomb" hits a tour boat

It's not just your imagination - your brain may actually slow down during the summer

33 passengers hospitalized after Ryanair flight loses pressure mid-flight

Inside the San Francisco fire department where ladders are made by hand

Kate Middleton and Prince William release official photos of Prince Louis's christening.

Model walks down runway while breastfeeding, gets wild applause

Hear a mash-up of every ‘Goooooool’ from the World Cup.

Clickbait: Police use coin flip app to decide whether to arrest woman during traffic stop

Historybook: Tsar Nicholas II is executed (1918); Disneyland opens in Anaheim, California (1955); RIP Billie Holiday (1959); RIP Walter Cronkite (2009); Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down, 298 are killed (2014).

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- Walter Cronkite

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