News Roundup 6/23/17

  • The man who entered a DC pizza restaurant with a gun hoping to free imprisoned sex slaves has been sentenced to four years in jail. [Link]
  • The Senate releases their version of the Healthcare bill. Four Republican Senators are refusing to vote for the Senate bill without changes. Without at least two of those Senators changing their vote, the Republicans will be unable to pass the bill. [Link] Healthcare Fyle
  • Jeff Sessions has asked Congress to get rid of rules that prevent Federal funding from being used in marijuana cases in states that have laws that allow marijuana users. [Link] War on Drugs Fyle
  • A bipartisan Senate bill will amend the Controlled Substance Act to prevent the DEA from going after marijuana in states where it has been legalized. [Link] War on Drugs Fyle
  • F-35 flights at Yuma Airbase have been suspended due to a software issue. The issue is expected to be corrected quickly. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • Saudi Arabia issues Qatar a list of demands that must be met before diplomatic relations can be reestablished. The demands include shutting down Al-Jazeera and cutting ties with Iran. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • At least seven people have been killed by an explosion in Somalia’s capital. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The UN secretary-general is calling for an end to the war is South Sudan. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Russia’s Foreign Minister says that Russia believes the ISIS leader has been killed. Several reports in the past claimed the ISIS leader had been killed but turned out not to be true. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Gareth Porter explains the history of US and its Middle East allies arming Syrian jihadists. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • A group of seven State Department employees are going to Syria to help to resettle people. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • About 500 civilians remain in areas of Marawi that are controlled by an ISIS-linked group. [Link]
  • In Venezuela, protesters outside of a military base were fired upon by soldiers. One person was killed by gunfire. 76 people have died in this round of protesting in Venezuela. [Link] Venezuela Fyle

Will Porter return to Foreign Policy Focus to update the wars in Afghanistan and Syria. Will discuss his recent articles on events in Afghanistan. Will’s articles are on the US looking to send an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan and General Mattis admitting the US is not winning in Afghanistan. Will also explains the crazy events in Syria. LISTEN HERE!!

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