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- President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, June 18, 2018.
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NEWS: President Trump, in his quest to end what he calls the "witch hunt" of the Russia investigation, underwent a kind of witch hunt of his own. Trump and his allies seized text messages that former FBI agent Peter Strzok sent to a former FBI lawyer, including one that suggested "we'll stop" Trump from being elected president.
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Falling bridge kills 22
A bridge in Italy collapsed during heavy rains this morning and at least 22 people were killed. A section of the bridge crashed onto the roof of a factory and other buildings. The death toll is likely to rise. (Reuters)
You may have noticed that the air outside is a bit smoky. Will it get better? Probably not today and likely not through this week, one meteorologist with the National Weather Service says. (KXLY)
Cost of (trade) war
Trump's tariffs and trade threats don't just have an impact on us at home. In China, the looming trade war is making leaders uneasy, as stocks drop and criticism is being heaped on President Xi Jinping. (New York Times)
NDA a day keeps the bad press away
Nothing seems normal these days. Are Trump's use of nondisclosure agreements to prevent aides from speaking out also, in fact, not normal? Officials from past administrations and legal experts say it's not common, and may not be enforceable. (Washington Post)