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“It’s been almost 100 years since anybody has reorganized the government on this scale.”

During the same cabinet meeting, Office of Mgmt & Budget Dir. Mick Mulvaney unveiled plans to merge the Labor & Education departments as part of a broader reorganization of the Fed Govt. The move would be subject to congressional approval.
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“I’m directing HHS, DHS, DOJ to work together to keep illegal immigrant families together during the immigration process and reunite these previously separated groups.”

Pres. Trump in a cabinet meeting directing federal agencies to reunite immigrant families separated by his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. 2,342 children have been separated from their parents between May 5 - June 9. 
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“…a game changer for the experience. You can literally go from curb to plane without having to interact with a human being if you so desire.”

Gareth Joyce, Delta SVP of Customer Service, as Orlando International, Florida’s busiest airport, becomes the 1st in the nation to require a face scan of passengers arriving & departing on intl flights, including U.S. citizens. Other major US airports may use face scans, but not for all international flights.
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“He has to see the head of state. Putting his foot on the ground of British soil, it’s job one.”

US Ambassador to the UK Robert Wood Johnson, announcing Pres Trump will meet Queen Elizabeth next month when he visits Britain. Bloomberg News is reporting Pres. Trump may also visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month after his trip to the UK.
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“Legit bawling like a baby right now. This news just breaks my heart.”

Jess Cameron's Facebook post on Gorilla Foundation's page on the death of Koko The Gorilla. Koko captivated the world with her ability to use sign language & revealed an empathetic side to great apes. She passed away in her sleep at age 46. Koko was believed to have had an IQ of 75-95 & could sign more than 1,000 words.
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“Trump is playing chicken with China. It will be important and telling to see how this plays out.”

Ray Dalio, founder of hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, on a possible trade war with China. Pres. Trump is threatening $200B in tariffs on Chinese goods, in addition to $50B in tariffs already imposed. Last month, Dalio has said a trade war with China would be a "tragedy."
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“To watch those families broken apart in real time puts to us a very simple question: are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?”

Pres. Obama, Facebook, for the first time on U.S. immigration zero-tolerance border policy. His administration cared for unaccompanied children identical to "separated" children now. However, his challenge was children WITHOUT adults - no separation required.
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“In obedience I accept the decision of The Holy See, that I no longer exercise any public ministry.”

Cardinal Theodore McCormick, former archbishop of Washington, on his removal from ministry after a teenager's sex abuse allegation while he was in New York almost 50 years ago. McCarrick served as D.C.’s archbishop from 2001 to 2006.
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“…my parents are abusive. They abuse us, and my two little sisters right now are chained up.”

17-year-old daughter of David & Louise Turpin to 911 dispatch. Her parents are accused of holding their 13 children captive in a "house of horrors." Mr. & Mrs. Turpin have pleaded not guilty to more than 40 charges including torture, child abuse & false imprisonment. They are being held on $12M bail each.
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“It’s mobile first. It’s simple and it’s quality. That’s IGTV.”

Instagram CEO Kevin System announcing its new video hub capable of hosting vertical videos as long as one hour. IGTV, a direct challenge to YouTube, is available now on iPhone & Android devices.
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“We want a country with heart, but when people come up they have to know they can’t get in. Otherwise, it’s never going to stop.”

President Trump defending his administration's zero-tolerance policy on immigration. Senior Republicans wrote President Trump a letter asking him to pause separation of families "...while Congress works out a solution."
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“Markets are responding to all of the rhetoric with the trade war. A lot of what we’re seeing may be negotiating tactics, but it’s just going to be a choppy ride due to this concern.”

Greg McBride, chief financial analyst, Bankrate.com, to NPR after the Dow dropped 287 points Tuesday due to concerns over a trade war between USA and China.
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“a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias.”

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley describing the U.N. Human Rights Council after withdrawing the U.S. from the 47-member council. She blasted the council for “its chronic bias against Israel” & the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers like China, Cuba, Venezuela & Congo.
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“I couldn’t think of a more fitting change.”

Jason Kamras, Richmond superintendent after the board's vote to change a Virginia school's name to Barack Obama Elementary. The school, which is 90% black, was originally named for Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart.
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“extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations.”

Elon Musk in an email seen by Reuters discussing an unnamed Tesla employee who was allegedly making unspecified code changes to its manufacturing operating system & sending what the email said was sensitive Tesla data to unnamed third parties. The disgruntled employee was reportedly passed over for a promotion.
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“Illegal actions have and must have consequences. No more free passes, no more get out of jail free cards.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defending the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" border policy while also calling on Congress to fix America's "broken immigration system."
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“Sometimes truth transcends party.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama on Former First Lady Laura Bush's Washington Post op-ed criticizing the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy, which demands all adults attempting to cross the border illegally be arrested (thereby separating children from the adults they arrive with).
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“In defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space…. We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force.”

Pres. Trump directing the Pentagon to establish a 'space force' as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces.
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“Researchers estimate that birds & mammals harbor anywhere from 631K to 827K unknown viruses that could potentially leap into humans.”

Ed Yong, The Atlantic "The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?" - A recent case of Plague (spread from rodents to fleas to humans) surfaced in Idaho, raising questions about America's preparedness for worst case scenarios.
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“I thought it would be a nice way of improving my look well, obviously that all went to hell. I feel bad about it. I apologized for it…. That was a mistake.”

HRH Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, to 'Good Morning Britain' on the infamous staged paparazzi photos he took in the days before the royal wedding. Markle said he agreed to take part in the photos in an attempt to change his image.
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“It will be challenging for both sides to find a way to de-escalate these tensions.”

Eswar Prasad, a professor of international trade at Cornell University, on the Trump Admin. moving ahead with tariffs on $50B of Chinese goods. In turn, the Chinese took retaliatory measures on $50B in U.S. goods like beef, poultry, tobacco & cars.
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“The earthquake detected in Mexico City originated artificially. Possibly by massive jumps.”

Translation from Mexican government's tweet following a small artificial earthquake in Mexico City in the moments after the country scored against Germany in the World Cup. Mexico won the match 1-0.
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“We came, and we conquered, now we’re happy in love.”

The final line of Beyoncé & Jay-Z's surprise album “Everything Is Love" which dropped Saturday. The 9-track joint release is available streaming on Tidal (which is owned in part by the couple). A video for the song “Apes**t” shot at Paris's Louvre was also released.
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“I think about it more now than I used to. I think I’m seeing that there’s definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later.”

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady acknowledging to Oprah for the first time that he's closer to retirement as he nears his 41st birthday. Last year, the NFL star led the league in passing yards - the oldest quarterback to do so. The conversation aired Sunday on Oprah's OWN Network.
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“We apologize to the game of basketball.”

Jimmy Kimmel after losing 11-9 to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in a two-hour one-on-one charity basketball match benefiting two Houston-area charities. The Houston Chronicle described the game as “a slow-motion car-crash of half-court basketball for charity and political one upsmanship."
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“Overall, I think youth are making better decisions, particularly about their sexual behavior & their drug use.”

CDC's Kathleen Ethier on its new survey which found fewer teens are having sex & using drugs. Disturbingly, however, it found increases in experiences of persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness & suicide ideation/behaviors.
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“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his business to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality.”

NY Attorney General Barbara Underwood on state's decision to sue the Trump Foundation & its directors, the President, his sons Eric & Donald Jr. and daughter Ivanka, alleging they violated state & federal charities law. Trump denies allegations & vows to not settle.
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“We’re taking a bet on a guy who doesn’t like to fail.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel after selecting Elon Musk's Boring company to build an underground high-speed rail line from downtown Chicago to O’Hare Intl Airport. Trip will take 12 mins while current above-ground trains take approx 45 mins. The Mayor says the project "won't cost taxpayers a single penny." Musk is also working on a similar project in L.A.
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“She was a pioneer and icon in the women’s game & made a profound and lasting impact at all levels as a player, coach, colleague & friend.”

Val Ackerman, the WNBA’s first president, on the death of Hall of Famer & Olympic Gold Medalist Anne Donovan. The 6-foot-8 center coached both in college & the WNBA died Wednesday of heart failure. She became the first female coach & the youngest person (42) to win a title in the WNBA, guiding the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2004.
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“Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my “plans to leave the WH” without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS”

Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders responding to reports of her supposed imminent White House departure.
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“Plague was confirmed this week in an Elmore County child. The child is recovering after receiving antibiotic treatment…. It is not known whether the child was exposed to plague in Idaho or during a recent trip to Oregon.”

Idaho's Central District Health Dep't announcing the country's first human case of plague in over two decades.
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“…it seems likely that Louboutin will be allowed to develop a monopoly for red-soled high-heeled shoes.”

Elaine O’Hare, an intellectual property specialist, as luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin wins a key legal case in a long-running battle to protect its signature red soles from copycats.
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“Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport.”

US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro reacting to the announcement that the U.S.'s joint bid with Canada & Mexico was selected to host the 2026 World Cup. The U.S. last hosted a World Cup in 1994, and Mexico in 1986. Canada has never hosted a World Cup. Kansas City is among the cities listed as a potential host city.
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“Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday. Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to it’s fullest everyday.”

Olympic skier Bode Miller on the devastating drowning death of his 19-month-old daughter over the weekend. According to the CDC, drowning is the second leading cause of death in children aged 1 - 14.
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“Some say 15 years, if you go rapidly.”

Pres. Trump to ABC News following the Singapore Summit on how long it will take to denuclearize North Korea. The historic summit did not produce a way to achieve this goal, but it did produce an agreement *to start another* agreement on denuclearization.
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“…little did we know he could run across the side of the building.”

An onlooker in St. Paul, Minnesota on a raccoon stranded on the ledge of the UBS building, captivating the city & social media. The raccoon made it as high as the 23rd floor. Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon with updates trending on Twitter Tuesday. The critter also spawned 2 parody accounts.
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“If there ever were an antitrust case where the parties had a dramatically different assessment of the current state of the relevant market & a fundamentally different vision of its future development, this is the one.”

Federal judge Richard J. Leon's opinion approving AT&T's $85B takeover of Time Warner. Deal gives AT&T ownership of HBO, CNN, & Warner Bros. DOJ sued to block the merger over concerns of higher costs for consumers.
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“The asylum system is being abused …. Asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems — even all serious problems — that people face every day all over the world.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing a new policy making it more difficult for victims of gang & domestic violence to obtain asylum in the U.S.
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“…a matter of time before a cybersecurity breach on an airline occurs.”

Researchers from the Pacific Northwest Natl Laboratory warning after a Dept of Homeland Security decided to launch "nose to tail" tests of a Boeing 757 for hacking weak spots in documents provided to CBS News. The 757 hasn't been made since 2004 but is an "aging workhorse" for American, Delta & United. Boeing maintains its planes are safe.
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How History Is Made

  • 9 a.m. historic handshake between Pres Trump & North Korean dictator.
  • One-on-one, 45 min mtg.
  • Working lunch w/others incl – Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, & Nat Security Advisor John Bolton.
  • Press Sec Sarah Sanders, and others join later.
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“The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the U.S., say the haters & losers. We have our hostages, testing, research and all missle [sic] launches have stoped [sic], and these pundits, who have called me wrong from the beginning, have nothing else they can say! We will be fine!”

Pres. Trump, via Twitter June 11, 2018, hours before the Singapore Summit with the North Korean dictator.
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“Well, it was not easy to get here. The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward. But we overcame all of them, and we are here today.”

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (via a translator) ahead of historic Singapore Summit during media availability w/ Pres. Trump.
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“Donald Trump reached out, he called his secretary, she called me and said ‘Donald Trump is so proud of you, he likes you a lot.’ And that means a lot. I don’t want to take any credit, we can all take credit and I’m just so glad this is happening.”

Dennis Rodman to CNN during Singapore Summit.
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“North Koreans are very tough to deal with. They don’t think like we do. We think in terms of a compromise, quid pro quo. You do this, we do that. Their idea of negotiating is they’ll give you more time for you to get to their position.”

Fmr NM Gov, Bill Richardson, who negotiated with North Korea several times, speaking to AP days ahead of the Singapore Summit.
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“We’re the piggy bank that everybody’s robbing, and that ends.”

President Trump speaking Saturday at the G-7 summit in Quebec on trade issues with allies. He warned retaliatory tariffs - which countries threatened - would be a mistake. Trump also surprised by suggesting the world should eliminate all tariffs and barriers to promote free trade, despite just imposing tariffs on Europe, Canada & Mexico.
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“Nobody started talking about a meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump until we suggested it at the Olympics.”

Dennis Alan, Pres. Trump impersonator to Associated Press. Alan and Kim Jong Un impersonator, Lee Howard Ho Wun aka "Howard X" traveled to Singapore. Their resemblance to the 2 leaders IS uncanny.
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“To me, he was a warm person, and you liked to spend time with him because he was interested. He wanted to talk about me and my home … he just didn’t talk about himself and his interest in food.”

92-year-old Marilyn Hagerty describing Anthony Bourdain, who took his own life last week. Bourdain published a book of Hagerty's food reviews as a North Dakota food critic, after one of her write-ups on a local Olive Garden became a viral sensation.
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“Good deeds come back to help you, and bad deeds come back to haunt you….It felt good to give it to them…They said it restored their faith in humanity.”

Kal Patel, parents own a "Pit Stop" in Kansas. He tracked down two long-time customers who bought a $1M ticket.
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“I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude. It’s about willingness to get things done.”

President Trump ahead of next Tuesday's meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. He also said it was not a "one-meeting deal" suggesting he would be willing to stay for continued talks, and enticing Kim with normalized U.S. relations, economic investment & even a White House visit.
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“We won the Stanley Cup. That’s all that matters. We won it. It doesn’t matter how we played or what happened before.”

Washington Capitals' captain Alex Ovechkin on having to wait 13 years for a Stanley Cup. His team defeated the Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in the city of Washington's first major sports championship since 1992.
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“I don’t believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani.”

Melania Trump's Communications Director, Stephanie Grisham, responding to Rudy Giuliani's remarks that the First Lady believes her husband's denials regarding his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels.
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“This should serve as a very good deterrent not only for them but for other potential bad actors.”

Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross to CNBC on a deal with Chinese telecom giant ZTE to end crippling U.S. sanctions. In exchange, ZTE will pay the U.S. a $1B fine & change its board of directors & exec team within 30 days. U.S. alleges ZTE violated trade agreements by working with Iran and N. Korea & then misled U.S. regulators about it.
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“I never gave up hope. Now I can’t tell you that everyday was a good day, but there was not a day that I could tell you that I was hopeless.”

Alice Marie Johnson to CNN on life before President Trump commuted her life sentence. Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender, served 21 years of her sentence before she was released from prison on Wednesday.
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“The May 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers show that for the third month in a row more than 50,000 illegal border crossers were apprehended.”

DHS Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton. This is an increase of 160% from May 2017. Compared to May 2017, family apprehensions jumped by 435% and apprehensions of unaccompanied minors went up by more than 300%.
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“I hope to continue this important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition.”

Kim Kardashian West after she learned Pres. Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a woman serving a life sentence without parole for non-violent drug charges. Kardashian West met with the President to advocate for Johnson and prison reform.
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“It looks like the lobster was cooked.”

Josh Naughton, Dir of Deli, Seafood and Bakery at the Westborough Roche Bros. supermarket talking to Newsweek about a super rare, 1 in 30 million lobster, delivered at random to the grocery. The phenom was saved from boiling water and butter.
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“As a result of the screening process so far, the department has sent a number of individuals for further evaluation and a comprehensive assessment of their symptoms and findings in the United States.”

State Dept spokeswoman Heather Nauert on the removal of gov't workers from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China. Staffers are said to be suffering from a mystery illness similiar to the one suffered by U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba.
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