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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump addresses migrant separation: The U.S. won't be a 'migrant camp'

  • Senate rebukes Trump, votes to reinstate penalties against ZTE

  • Kamala Harris, other Democratic lawmakers call on Kirstjen Nielsen to resign

  • Local tech billionaire buys Los Angeles Times

  • World Cup: England pulls out 2-1 win over Tunisia with stoppage-time goal

Speaking about the growing controversy surrounding the separation of children and parents at the border on Monday, President Trump declared "the United States will not be a migrant camp" like "what's happening in Europe." He then reiterated the falsehood that Democrats are responsible for the "horrible laws" behind his zero-tolerance policy and called on them to "sit down instead of obstructing" and fix it. Republicans and Democrats have increasingly condemned the Trump administration policy over the last few days, and Trump can immediately end family separation with an executive action.

Source: The White House, CNN

By passing the National Defense Authorization Act on Monday evening, the Senate voted to reimpose the ban on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE. The defense spending bill was passed by a vote of 85-10, and must still be reconciled with the House version. A provision of the measure would prohibit the U.S. government from buying or subsidizing equipment from ZTE and another Chinese telecom company, Huawei, among other penalties. U.S. lawmakers consider ZTE a national security threat, and are concerned that its equipment could be used to spy on the U.S. and carry out cyberattacks. In April, the Commerce Department enacted a seven-year-ban on American companies doing business with ZTE, but President Trump in May tweeted that he was working to keep ZTE afloat because "too many jobs in China" were being lost.

Source: Politico

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Monday said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen should step down due to her record of making "misleading statements" about the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy that separates children from their parents at the border. On Sunday, Nielsen tweeted that the administration does "not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period." The Department of Homeland Security "should have a commitment to transparency and accountability," Harris said, but under Nielsen, it "has a track record of neither." Several other Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Ted Lieu of California, have also called on Nielsen to resign.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

The Los Angeles Times is locally owned for the first time in nearly 20 years, after Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong took ownership of the newspaper Monday. Soon-Shiong acquired the Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and the rest of the California News Group from Tronc for $500 million, telling employees in a memo that he hopes to make the Times competitive with The New York Times and The Washington Post. The Times was previously owned by Tronc, the Chicago-based newspaper group, but the company announced its intention to sell the Los Angeles publication in February. Soon-Shiong is a surgeon and part-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, and he has also expressed interest in buying other regional papers around the country.

Source: NPR, CNN Money

England was looking to settle for a 1-1 draw with Tunisia, the top-ranked African team, on Monday in the World Cup group stage. But Tottenham striker Harry Kane headed Harry Maguire's corner kick past Tunisia's Farouk Ben Mustapha in the first minute of stoppage time, ending the match 2-1. Kane was also responsible for England's first goal in the 11th minute, and Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi scored the equalizing goal on a penalty in the 33rd minute. With his stoppage-time goal, Kane became the first English player since Gary Lineker in 1990 to score multiple goals in a World Cup game. The win gives England an important 3 points, with the Three Lions next facing Group G rival Panama on June 24.

Source: The New York Times, ESPN
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