7.19.2018

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7.19.2018
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Need To Know.
Charges Against Russian Agent Revealed.
Prosecutors say a suspected foreign agent arrested earlier this week had ties to Russian intelligence officers and was working undercover to advance Russian interests within US government and policy circles. Officials say Maria Butina, a recent graduate of American University in Washington DC, was part of an "influence campaign" run by senior Russian officer Alexander Torshin. Butina cultivated a strongly pro-gun image, reportedly as a means to use the National Rifle Association to facilitate inroads with politicians. Butina reportedly did not register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department, which was central to her indictment on charges of conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent. A federal judge ordered Butina jailed until trial, calling her a flight risk. 

Fires Rage in Oregon.
A fast-moving wildfire killed one person yesterday and forced hundreds to evacuate in western Oregon. More than 178 firefighters from 32 counties are fighting the blaze, which has consumed nearly 70 square miles along the Columbia River Gorge, about 85 miles east of Portland (see aerial view). Hot and dry conditions have led to high fire risk conditions up and down the West Coast - a fire on the border of Yosemite National Park had burned through nearly 10,000 acres earlier this week, causing the death of one firefighter. Analysis suggests that US wildfires have been increasing in size - despite the average number of fires each year remaining the same, the total number of acres burned each year has quadrupled since 1985. So far, fires have consumed 3.36 million acres in 2018, about 4% more than the historical average for this time of year. 

Intelligence Files on Mandela Made Public.
A trove of federal files detailing how federal agencies monitored Nelson Mandela in the years following his release from prison was made public yesterday. According to the files, made public on what would've been Mandela's 100th birthday, a number of US intelligence agencies tracked Mandela's rise both before and after his three decades in prison. At the time of Mandela's release in 1990, South Africa was under the apartheid system and the ruling National Party used the label of communism (see background) to justify repression of opposition parties. As the apartheid system collapsed, South Africa became a key battleground on the African continent in the Cold War. US agencies like the FBI, CIA, DIA, and NSA reportedly continued to monitor Mandela as a potential communist threat through his rise to power in 1994.

Mandela, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, actually remained on a US watch list until 2008

 
In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

San Antonio Spurs trade NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard to Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan & 2019 1st round pick (More)  
Gary Beach, Tony Award-winning star of The Producers and Beauty and the Beast, dies at 70 (More)
Golf's British Open begins today in Carnoustie, Scotland; see full preview (More) | Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods among the favorites to win (More)
 

Science & Technology.

Using principles from origami, engineers make underwater robots capable of nabbing fast moving fish; one motor controls five foldable, 3D printed pedals (More)
Internet messageboard website Reddit, the 3rd most-visited site in the US, to roll out live chat room feature for subreddits (More)
Health of expectant mother's microbiome linked to risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Earnings Season: SP500 Index increases to highest level in 5 months on strong company earnings (More)
Aluminum giant Alcoa cuts earnings guidance citing tariffs, stock down 2% (More) | IBM results top Wall Street expectations, stock up 1% (More)
US housing starts fall 12% in June to 9-month low as inventory increases (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R, OH-4), a former assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State, interviewed as part of ongoing investigation into sexual abuse of wrestling team members by team doctor (More)
Trump appears to say he believes Russia is no longer meddling in US elections, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says comment was misinterpreted and White House believes Russia to be an active threat (More)
Republican congressman, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R, FL- 26) to roll out carbon tax proposal (More)
In Depth.

The Rom-Com Makes A Comeback. 

Esquire | Akarensa Cadenas. With blockbuster action films offering guaranteed profits to shareholders, other types of film have fallen behind - especially the romantic comedy. But in recent years the genre has had some major successes like Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck and Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick. See how audiences might not have given up on love
 

The Relationship Between Juvenile Detention And Long-Term Health. 

Undark | Nicole Wetsman. During a child’s adolescence, there are many key moments that establish long-term health. When someone spends their childhood in a juvenile detention center, keeping up with healthy habits is very difficult. See why experts believe that unhealthy life in correctional facilities may be causing a health-gap between white and non-white adults
Etcetera.
When men earn less than their wives, both spouses lie about it

Aly Raisman and 140 victims of Larry Nassar accept Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last night's ESPY Awards

The most popular Netflix show in every country around the world

The 16 most Instagrammable spots across the US.

Sunken Russian warship discovered with an estimated $130B in gold on board

Ethiopian Airlines makes historic "peace flight" to Eritrea after 20-year conflict ends

Ugh Millennials: Like to post misleading photos on social media to make their holidays seem better than they actually are

Meet the opposite of FOMO, or JOMO - the joy of missing out (paywall).

New forensic tests suggest the Shroud of Turin may be fake

Clickbait: Man calls cops after being fouled in pick-up basketball game

Historybook: Rosetta Stone is discovered (1799); HBD Samuel Colt (1814); 1st US Women’s Rights convention held (1848); HBD Stuart Scott (1965); 1st GPS signal transmitted (1977).
 
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