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Boy Scout Leaders Welcome Policy Change To Allow Girls Into The Program

After more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America announced in October that this year it would begin letting girls join the 7- to 10-year-old Cub Scouts. More than 3,000 girls joined an Early Adopter program this spring. In 2019, the girls of Den 13 in McLean, Virginia, will be among the first female members of the newly named “Scouts BSA” program, which until the change will still be called “Boy Scouts” and only admit boys aged 11 to 17.  ...Read more

Democratic And Republican Leaders Receive Classified Briefings On Russia Probe From Justice Department

Top congressional leaders met with senior intelligence and law enforcement officials Thursday in a series of meetings to review highly-classified information about the Russia investigation, including possible details about a reported FBI informant who had contact with several Trump campaign advisers during the 2016 presidential campaign. S, the president’s new lawyer handling the Russia investigation, Emmet Flood, attended and participated in at least part of the briefings as did White House chief of staff John Kelly. Sources confirmed that the President’s new lawyer handling the Russia investigation, Emmet Flood, attended and participated in at least part of the briefings; as did White House chief of staff John Kelly. ...Read more

President Trump Cancels June Summit With North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled the planned summitwith North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which was set to take place June 12 in Singapore. In a letter addressed to Kim and released by the White House, Trump blamed the cancellation on the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent statement by the North Koreans. “I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” he wrote.Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place. You talk about you nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never be used,” the president added. ...Read more

President Trump’s Son-In-Law, Jared Kushner, Gets Permanent Security Clearance

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a White House senior adviser, has received a permanent security clearance. Kushner operated with an interim security clearance for more than a year inside the administration, giving him access to highly classified information while he underwent an FBI background check. His contacts with foreign government officials had raised concerns inside the administration and drew scrutiny during the process. HIs clearance was downgraded in February after procedures were revamped. Abbe Lowell, Kushner’s attorney, said that Kushner’s permanent security clearance “went through the normal process.” ...Read more

Federal Judge Rules President Trump Cannot Block People On Twitter

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump may not block people on Twitter over the political views they share on social media.  Siding with the Knight First Amendment Institute in a lawsuit against Trump and his communications team, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in New York concluded that blocking people on Twitter violated their First Amendment rights. Trump was engaging in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by blocking critics in a “public forum,” the court ruled. “We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account ― the ‘interactive space’ where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President’s tweets ― are properly analyzed under the ‘public forum’ doctrines set forth by the Supreme Court,” Buchwald said in her ruling. Twitter is often the first communication channel Trump turns to when making major announcements.  ...Read more

Stacey Abrams Makes History By Winning Georgia Democratic Primary In Bid To Become First Black Female Governor

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams won the Democratic primary Tuesday, bringing her closer to becoming the nation’s first African-American woman governor. The former state House minority leader beat former state Rep. Stacey Evans. In the GOP gubernatorial primary, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp advanced to a runoff on July 24. The candidates needed 50% of the vote, plus one ballot, to avoid a runoff election. “We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s future where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired,” Abrams said during her speech at her post-election party. “We are writing a history of a Georgia where we prosper together.” The candidates are vying to replace Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who is term-limited.  ...Read more

President Trump Suggests Summit With North Korea’s Kim Could Be Delayed

President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed. He said, “There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out” for June 12. Trump raised the possibility that the meeting could be pushed back during a White House meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, trying to coordinate strategy as concerns mounted over ensuring a successful outcome for the North Korea summit. “If it doesn’t happen, maybe it happens later. There are certain conditions that we want,” Trump said Tuesday. He added if they aren’t met, “we won’t have the meeting.” He declined to elaborate on those conditions. ...Read more

Baltimore County Police Officer Killed After Confrontation; Police Searching For Suspects

Backed by aircraft and trained dogs, police continued to search a greater Baltimore suburb early Tuesday, seeking up to 4 suspects believed armed and dangerous after the death of a female officer. Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said Monday evening that the enormous manhunt was continuing in the suburban community of Perry Hall, Maryland, where witnesses reported hearing a pop before seeing a Jeep run over the officer Monday afternoon. The officer, who wasn’t immediately identified, was bleeding badly from significant injuries and was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital. ...Read more

5 Women Sue USC, Alleging Sexual Abuse By Campus Doctor

Five women filed lawsuits on Monday against the University of Southern California, alleging the school’s former gynecologist had sexually abused them during medical examinations and that the university failed to protect students. More suits are expected to be filed by the end of the week. “There will be other women coming forward,” said Louanne Masry, a lawyer at Taylor & Ring, a law firm in Manhattan Beach, Calif., that represents one of the women. A second lawsuit, filed on behalf of four unnamed women, called the former gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, a “serial sexual predator” and blamed the university for “actively and deliberately” covering up Dr. Tyndall’s predations for years. ...Read more

Spurned Advances May Have Provoked Suspect In Santa Fe, Texas School Shooting

A teenage boy who allegedly shot and killed eight students and two teachers in Texas had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother has told the Los Angeles Times. Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, 16, told the newspaper her daughter rejected the aggressive advances from accused shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, for over four months while they both attended Santa Fe high school. As the investigation enters its third day on Sunday, no official motive has been announced for the massacre, the fourth-deadliest mass shooting at a US public school in modern history. Classmates at Santa Fe High School, with 1460 students, described the accused shooter as a quiet loner who played on the school’s football team. He wore a black trench coat to school on Friday before opening fire with a pistol and shotgun. ...Read more