Reuters: Stocks advanced and were on track to end the week with a slight gain as a drop in the dollar helped boost slumping oil prices. The dollar fell against major currencies as peliminary data on US factory and services activities in June fell short of analyst forecasts, stoking doubts about U.S. economic growth for the rest of 2017. That drop in the dollar helped crude oil pull away from 10 month lows although prices were still set for their worst first half performance since 1997
CNN: "Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening. Mueller is interviewing a early as this week three top intelligence officials as part of the probe the Post reported, citing 'five people briefed on the requests.' The three officials the Post says Mueller is interviewing are Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Richard Ledgett.."
CNN: Officials in a Washington Post article suggested that President Obama struggled to find a way to respond to Putin without being aggressive so that he would be perceived as trying to influence the election in Hillary Clinton's favor. There was enormous bias in the election because of the Russians, but how do you balance that out without further damaging the situation, the official said. It was an extremely difficult problem. Before the election the Obama administration issued several warnings to Moscow and expelled a few dozen diplomats, and the closure of two Russian compounds.