RationalWiki:What is going on in the world?/June 2018

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June 2018[edit]

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7This issue affects Afghanistan. DAESH have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing targeting religious minorities in Afghanistan, killing nineteen.
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17This issue affects the United States. The NSA deletes hundreds of millions of call records over privacy violations.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Estonia. The US ambassador to Estonia says he will resign next month over frustration with the Trump administration.
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9This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the European Union. The James Webb Space Telescope faces further delays due to technical problems. Due to its considerable scientific potential, however, funding is not cut.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the European Union. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) found statistically significant evidence for a fourth type of neutrinoWikipedia's W.svg, which is a candidate for dark matter. In related news, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is undergoing yet another round of upgrades.
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18This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. It makes economic sense to install specialized turbines in the U.S. state of Alaska and Canada's Northwest Territories to harness arctic winds.
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10This issue affects China. This issue affects Taiwan. This issue affects the United States. A diplomatic disagreement breaks out between the U.S. and China over how airlines refer to Taiwan. Several major non-American airlines have already acquiesced to Chinese pressure. Update: China is now coercing other multinational companies to stop listing Taiwan as a country, even though flights from mainland China to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are listed as "international".
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8This issue affects the United States. Complex Organics Bubble up from Ocean-world Enceladus
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13This issue affects the United States. A federal judge has blocked a Kentucky law that when put into effect would impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries.
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13This issue affects the European Union. EU leaders have reached an agreement on migration.
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19This issue affects the United States. California has passed the toughest data privacy law in the US.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. British agencies continued to supply intelligence to allies despite knowing or suspecting abuse of detainees.
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16This issue affects South Korea. The South Korean Constitutional Court has ruled alternatives to mandatory military service for conscientious objectors must be provided.
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17This issue affects the United States. Mass shooting, this time at a newspaper.
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11This issue affects the United States. Iowa's Rep. Steve King retweets and defends tweet from Mark CollettWikipedia's W.svg. A BNP member and a Nazi-sympathizer.
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19This issue affects the United States. Domestic terrorist James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged with 29 counts of hate crime.
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21This issue affects North Korea. Despite Kim Jong-un stating commitment to denuclearization, rapid upgrades to North Korea's sole known nuclear reactor have been discovered.
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4This issue affects the United States. SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire.
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21This issue affects the United States. Oklahoma has voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. Investigations by BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight programme reveal dodgy and possibly illegal financing between the Democratic Unionist Party and the official campaigning body Vote Leave during the Brexit referendum.
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15This issue affects Iran. Iran has the largest protests since 2012 in response to a sharp currency drop and rising cost of living.
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20This issue affects South Korea. The owner and three other admins of a notorious Korean revenge porn site have been arrested by police after a twelve year long investigation, taking place alongside protests against the country's epidemic of spy cameras.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Khalid Ali has been found guilty after a months-long trial over a planned knife attack in London last year, with contributions from the Afghan security forces directly tying him to the Taliban.
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19This issue affects the United States. Scientists have discovered the last missing visible matter.
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17This issue affects Philippines. Philippine ruler Duterte sparks outrage by calling the god of Christianity "stupid".
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14This issue affects the United States. Separated migrant families will be reunited on the condition they agree to deportation.
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10This issue affects Mali. Similar interethnic violence between hunters and herders in Mali results in the mass-murder of over thirty Fula villagers. Fulani Malians insist the government is supporting ethnic cleansing under the guise of counterterrorism.
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8This issue affects Nigeria. The annual cycle of inter-ethnic violence between the Berom and Fulani over farmland returns to Nigeria, leaving 86 dead over the weekend.
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9This issue affects Mexico. An entire Mexican town's police force has been detained after a mayoral candidate was murdered.
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25This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia lifts the world's only ban on female drivers.
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2This issue affects the United States. Trump calls for deporting migrants without due process.
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5This issue affects Nicaragua. A town that was former SandinistaWikipedia's W.svg stronghold declares itself "self governing and is fighting off repression by Daniel OrtegaWikipedia's W.svg.
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8This issue affects Italy. Italy warns SchengenWikipedia's W.svg is at risk
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5This issue affects the United Kingdom. Riot police keep Jolene Bunting's far-right "UK Freedom March" calling for the release of Tommy Robinson away from a larger United Against Racism counter-protest in Belfast, though gas bombs are successfully thrown.
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23This issue affects the United States. The biggest side effect of working in the Trump Administration? Not getting dates or being refused service at D.C. restaurants (bonus points for breaking ethics rules while complaining about it).
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10This issue affects Ukraine. The far-right Ukrainian nationalist group 'C14' has been linked to a series of attacks on Roma camps this year, and may be responsible for a recent murder.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. A 79-year old woman risks a jail sentence after praising Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust while standing for the 2017 General Election.
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7This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Syria. Israel fires missile at drone near Syria frontier.
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13This issue affects Vatican City. A Vatican ex-diplomat has been convicted for distributing child pornography.
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8This issue affects Zimbabwe. An assassination attempt on the Zimbabwean president.
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21This issue affects the United States. The Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant to get data on past location from cell phones.
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11This issue affects the United Nations. This issue affects Venezuela. The UN says Venezuelan security forces have arbitrarily killed hundreds.
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8This issue affects the European Union. EU takes first step in passing controversial copyright law that could ‘censor the internet’
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8This issue affects the United States. Charles Krauthammer dies at the age of 68 due to cancer.
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17This issue affects Israel. The wife of PM Netanyahu has been indicted for misuse of $100000 of state funds.
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11This issue affects the United States. A request to hold a second Unite the Right rally, this time across the street from the White House, has been approved.
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9This issue affects Australia. A documentary made by unqualified celebrity Pete Evans on the Paleo diet is thoroughly fact-checked and debunked by medical experts (again) after being published on Netflix.
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7This issue affects the United States. 146 were arrested in the largest ICE raid in recent history.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. An executive order ends the separating of migrant families at the border.
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5This issue affects Hungary. Hungarian Parliament has approved a bill criminalizing the act of assisting undocumented migrants.
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9This issue affects the United States. Trump's new health insurance rules are expected to hurt Obamacare.
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28This issue affects Canada. Canadian Parliament has voted to legalize recreational marijuana.
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25This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. Child separations: Trump faces extreme backlash from public and his own party
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18This issue affects the United States. The United Methodist Church files a formal complaint against member Jeff Sessions for child abuse, racial discrimination, and for being an asshole in general.
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10This issue affects the United States. A federal judge ruled that Kansas can't require documentary proof of US citizenship to register to vote.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. The SPLC apologizes to liberal Muslim Maajid Nawaz for labeling him and his organization as anti-Muslim extremist.
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13This issue affects Philippines. The Philippines will be giving community leaders free guns for the War on Drugs.
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12This issue affects the United States. The Supreme Court sidestepped a potentially historic ruling on gerrymandering.
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17This issue affects Israel. A proposed bill in Israel seeks to ban photographing or filming soldiers with "harmful intent".
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9This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. Nearly 2000 children were separated from their families during a six-week period of April and May.
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27This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Canada. More Americans back Trudeau on trade than Trump.
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9This issue affects Afghanistan. A car bombing in Afghanistan killed at least 26.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Nations. The US is reportedly pulling out of the UN Human Rights Council.
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21This issue affects Pakistan. The leader of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed.
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11This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. 25% tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods have been announced.
UPDATE: Chinese retaliation.
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30This issue affects the United States. Jeff Sessions claims there is Biblical justification for breaking up migrant families.
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16This issue affects Argentina. The lower house of Argentine Congress has approved a bill legalizing abortion up to fourteen weeks.
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21This issue affects the United States. A growing number of children are missing out on recommended vaccinations in states that permit parents to skip inoculations due to their personal beliefs even when there's no medical reason kids can't be vaccinated, a U.S. study suggests.
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25This issue affects Antarctica. Antarctic ice is melting three times as fast as five years ago.
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11This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects United Arab Emirates. This issue affects Yemen. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have launched an attack on the major Yemeni port city of Hudaida, which the UN warns will affect 250,000 people and worsen the humanitarian crisis.
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18This issue affects the United States. Fact checking Donald Trump on trade.
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2This issue affects the United States. An $85 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner has been approved.
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19This issue affects Macedonia. This issue affects Greece. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece have come to a provisional conclusion it the 27-year long Macedonian name dispute, the FYROM will now be known as the “Republic of North Macedonia” (Macedonian: "Република Северна Македонија", Greek: "Δημοκρατία της Βόρειας Μακεδονίας").
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44This issue affects Ireland. Sweet Jesus! The Irish government is planning to hold a referendum in October in repealing the section of the Irish constitution (Article 40.6.1.i.) that bans blasphemy. Plus a referendum on removing the section that states that a women's place is in the home (Article 41.2).
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11This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. Trump's North Korean gamble ends with 'special bond' with Kim
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8This issue affects the United States. Sessions ruled that domestic or gang violence isn't enough reason for asylum.
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11This issue affects the United States. The US has officially repealed net neutrality.
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15This issue affects Hong Kong. A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist has been sentenced to six years for rioting and assaulting police.
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5This issue affects Switzerland. Swiss voters overwhelmingly reject a proposal to prohibit banks from lending more money than they have in their deposits.
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4This issue affects Somalia. An Islamic terrorist attack in Somalia killed one and wounded four.
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. 1768 immigrant families were separated at the US-Mexico border between October 2016 and May 2018.
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10This issue affects China. This issue affects the United States. Chinese hackers stole 614 gigabytes of sensitive data from the US Navy.
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11This issue affects Austria. The Austrian government will close seven mosques and review the visas of dozens of imams.
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14This issue affects the United States. Trump administration have announced that they will not defend the Affordable Care Act in court cases brought by GOP states. (CNN story).
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12This issue affects the United States. 1600 immigration detainees are being sent to federal prisons.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. The editor of the Daily Mail Paul Dacre is to leave his post in November, and his nemesis Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig is to replace him. Speculation is that Dacre's extreme conservatism was jarring the newspaper’s owner and there is possible plans to merge the three units of Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline into one unit.
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26This issue affects the United States. NASA's Curiosity rover finds organic matter on Mars.
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9This issue affects the United States. Despite attempts to deter crossings, border arrests have risen dramatically.
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13This issue affects China. Newly discovered 546 million-year-old "footprints" are the oldest found to date.
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12This issue affects Afghanistan. Afghanistan and the Taliban have negotiated a ceasefire lasting until June 20.
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11This issue affects the United States. A massive workplace raid by the ICE led to 114 arrests.
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18This issue affects Bermuda. Bermuda re-legalizes same-sex marriage due to a Supreme Court ruling.
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18This issue affects the United States. Betsy DeVos says the school safety panel made in the aftermath of Parkland will not look into the role of guns in school shootings.
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12This issue affects the United States. In Michigan, Medicaid recipients are required to work at least 29 hours per week, unless you live in a largely white county, in which case, it's cool.
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15This issue affects Mexico. This issue affects the United States. Mexico imposes retalitory tariffs on $3 billion worth of US exports.
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13This issue affects the United States. The judge who gave Brock Turner a light sentence for sexual assault has been recalled by voters.
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14This issue affects Ethiopia. This issue affects Eritrea. Ethiopia lifts its state of emergency two months early along with accepting the terms of a peace deal made with Eritrea after the 1998-2000 war.
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15This issue affects the United States. The trust fund for Medicare will run out three years earlier than previously expected.
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16This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia issues the first women's driver's licenses as activists remain imprisoned.
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10This issue affects the United States. Prosecutors say Paul Manafort tampered with witnesses in his ongoing criminal case.
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9This issue affects Jordan. The Jordanian PM resigns over massive anti-austerity protests.
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11This issue affects Afghanistan. A suicide bombing committed after a group of Muslim clerics issued a fatwa on suicide bombings killed 14.
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14This issue affects the United States. The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused service to a gay couple.
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9This issue affects Germany. This issue affects the United States. Bayer will be buying Monsanto for $30 billion.
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20This issue affects the United States. Illinois becomes the 37th state to pass the equal rights amendment. One more and it's in the constitution... maybe.
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7This issue affects Spain. The new leader of the reinstated Catalan autonomous government vows to continue efforts for secession.
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19This issue affects the United States. Debate erupts over the possibility of Trump pardoning himself.
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7This issue affects Nicaragua. Six killed in ongoing violence in Nicaragua.
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7This issue affects Syria. This issue affects North Korea. Syrian dictator Assad announces plans for a meeting with North Korea.
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8This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Talks are underway for a US-Russia summit.
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16This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. The Israeli army killed a Palestinian nurse attempting to help a wounded protester.
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10This issue affects the United States. Ex chemical industry lawyer to lead Superfund task force. DRAIN FILL THE SWAMP!
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11This issue affects the United States. The EPA spent $1560 in taxpayer money on a dozen fountain pens for Pruitt.
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8This issue affects Ukraine. This issue affects Russia. Ukraine discovered a Kremlin hit-list of 47 people.
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9This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. The US-North Korea summit is back on.
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14This issue affects the United States. US unemployment rates are at their lowest in eighteen years.
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14This issue affects Spain. Pedro Sánchez becomes the new prime minister of Spain