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CNN : "Donald Trump has never been a big believer in the idea that Russia actively interfered in the 2016 election to help him and hurt Hillary Clinton...despite the intelligence community and special counsel Robert Mueller's assertion that there is zero question Russia meddled in the election to help Trump...But that's far from the only real-world impact of Trump's ongoing unwillingness to acknowledge a reality that is right in front of his face...Trump's stated doubts...have made officials in the national security and intelligence communities less willing to broach sensitive operations..."
CNN: "In the struggle between Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Democratic-controlled House, the immovable object may finally have met an irresistible force. McConnell has been the immovable object. He's frustrated House Democrats by systematically blocking Senate votes so far on the lengthening list of bills they have passed...But McConnell's blockade faces a new challenge as the House turns to a series of bills meant to fight foreign interference in the 2020 election...aimed at defending fundamental American institutions..."
CNN: "The President will try to turn back time Tuesday, officially lighting the touch paper on his reelection bid in the embrace of a besotted Florida crowd primed for pure, untamed Donald Trump. Yet while he never tires of reliving his first White House race...Trump must face a truth even he will struggle to deny once the euphoria of his return to the trail abates: 2020 may not be like 2016. ...He must defend the most controversial presidential record in decades against a Democratic Party that may be in ideological turmoil but is unified on one goal: ejecting him from the Oval Office..."
Kim Jong Un and generals BBC: "North Korea has fired two short-range missles in its second weapons test in less than a week, the South Korean military says. The missiles were fired from the north-western city of Kusong travelled 420km (260 miles) and 270km towards the east. It came hours after the top US envoy arrived in South Korea for talks..."
BBC: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared the first glimpse of their newborn son. Introducing the child, who was wapped in a white shawl, Meghan said:'He has the sweetest temperament, he's really calm. He's been the dream.' As they both laughed, Prince Harry said: 'I don't know who he gets that from.'..."
The Queen and TrumpCNN: "The streaks of light in NASA's latest image look like air traffic routes, but it's a different way of looking at the entire sky. The arcs are actually tracing X-rays, recorded by the Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer, known as NICER. NICER acts as a detector of cosmic sources from the International Space Station..."
CNN: "About 30 million light-years from Earth, two galaxies came together in an epic collision, and the beautiful fallout was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The collision was more like an accidental hit and run between two neighboring galaxies..."
Cillian JacksonCNN:"Due to a genetic condition, Cillian Jackson, 2, can't walk. But the Minnesota boy now motors around in style, thanks to some enterprising students at a local high school. It all started when Cillian's physical therapist told his parents about a program calld Go Baby Go..."
Alan NaimanCNN:"Alan Naiman was known for his frugality--he wore Costco jeans, bought his pocket T-shirts at a grocery store and squirreled away every penny he could. So when he died, friends were surprised to learn that he had left more than $11 million to charities in the Seattle area..."