News Roundup 6/29/17

  • NSA Director Mike Rodgers says he cannot convince Trump that Russia meddled in the election. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • On July 1st, a new surgery drink tax in Chicago will take effect. The tax will be one percent per ounce. [Link] Regulations Fyles
  • Sycamore Partners will acquire Staples for $6.9 billion. [Link]
  • A member of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team was indicted for lying during the investigation into the death of LaVoy Finnicum. [Link] FBI Fyle
  • The current draft of the new NDAA ends support to the Iraqi Kurds if they become independent from Iraq. This year, the US allocated  $480 million in support for the Iraqi Kurds. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The UK currently pays about 12% of the funding for the EU. [Link] UK Fyle
  • The UK Defense Secretary says the UK can respond to cyber attacks with bombings. [Link] UK Fyle
  • North Korea says it feels the US is taking a hostile policy towards North Korea. North Korea said it plans to continue to advance its nuclear weapons program. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • The UAE ambassador to Russia said that Qatar must meet demands or face sanctions and terminate isolation. [Link]
  • IS forces in Afghanistan are gaining power. A pair of Taliban group switched allegiance to the Islamic State. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • US Special Operations forces have been deployed to Tal Abyad Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • James Mattis claims the US warning to Assad prevented him from carrying out a chemical weapons attack. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • In the Deir Ezzor province of Syria, 15 civilians were killed by a cluster bomb. [Link] Other sources put the death toll at 30. [Link] Syria Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #59, I give my take on the Putin/Stone interviews. The four hours of interviews covered several important subjects. Stone questions Putin on his early life to recent geopolitical events. The interviews shed light on the world from a Russia perspective. LISTEN HERE!!

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