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“We were part of showing the world that we would never back down from terrorism, and that we could all work together. No races. No colors. No politics.”

Ret. NYPD Detective & 9/11 first responder Luis Alvarez testifying in front of Congress Tuesday for more funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for those injured, sickened or killed during 9/11 or its aftermath at Ground Zero, and their families. Alvarez suffers from cancer related to his work after the terror attacks.
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“It’s an embarrassment to the country and a stain on this institution.”

Jon Stewart testifying in front of a House Judiciary subcommittee, criticizing the attendance by lawmakers and their attention to permanently fund the VCF program until 2090 (through the potential lifespan of the first responders and their children). The $7B fund is running out of money, meaning less or no compensation for thousands of claims. The bill, introduced last October, hasn’t advanced.
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“All these empty chairs, that’s because it’s for the full committee. It’s not because of disrespect or lack of attention to you.”

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) responding to Jon Stewart’s criticism. Only about half of the 14-member subcommittee was reportedly present. The bill will be voted on in committee Wednesday. It’s expected to pass and proceed to a full House vote after its “scored” (an estimate for its cost). A companion bill will also have to pass in the Senate.
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“The hot and mostly dry weather will increase the risk for wildfires.”

AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rathbun on the heatwave in the western United States – including California, a state that suffered from the most destructive, deadly wildfire in its history last year. Cities like San Francisco are seeing temperatures of 100 degrees – a rarity in the Bay Area and a first in the city for the month of June.
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“Lives are at risk because we do not have enough supplies.”

President of the Red Cross in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, Carlos Montiel, who says international aid organizations are severely limited because of actions by the Venezuelan gov't itself, including reportedly trying to spread false information about charities feeding the hungry. Gas shortages, power outages, stolen aid, and a failing economy has led a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
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“Japan wants to do as much as possible towards peace and stability in the region.”

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe before becoming the first Japanese leader to visit Iran in 40 years. He's meeting Wednesday with Iran's leaders amid rising tensions between the U.S. & Iran over a myriad of variables, including Iran's status as a state sponsor of terror and the future of the nuclear deal; the U.S. pulled out of the deal & Iran wants new terms with the remaining countries.
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