Progressive Briefing for Monday, July 16, 2018

12 Russian intelligence officers indicted for election interference, the royal family snubs Trump, 28 civilians killed by U.S.-led bombing in Syria, and more.


12 Russian intelligence officers indicted for conspiring to interfere with 2016 presidential election

Despite President Donald Trump’s incessant false claims of a witch hunt against him and his campaign team, a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment on Friday against 12 Russian GRU agents for participating in a criminal conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. During the campaign, Trump directly implored the Russian government to illegally obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails and release them to the American media.

Royal family ‘simply refused to attend’ meeting with Trump and Melania during UK visit: ‘It was a snub’

According to the Sunday Times, members of the royal family, including Prince Charles and Prince William, refused to meet with President Donald Trump and his wife Melania during their stop-over in London.

Trump says he sees the European Union as a ‘foe’ of U.S.

During an interview with CBS that aired on Face the Nation, President Trump stated that “I go in with very low expectations. I think that getting along with Russia is a good thing.” The President also stated that he sees the EU as a “foe” of the U.S.

At least 28 civilians killed by US-led bombing of ice factory in Syria

The U.S. has admitted it may have been responsible for an airstrike in eastern Syrian that a war monitoring group says killed 28 civilians.

The bombing took place late Thursday in the eastern province of Deir al Zour, hitting near the villages of al Soussa and al Baghouz, according to Syrian state news agency SANA and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

To combat ‘political malpractice’ of Democrats in the Midwest, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez joining forces to boost progressive agenda in Kansas

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  are joining forces next week as they both head to Kansas to give progressive contenders a lift as they run on a similar agenda of bold and progressive policies in that state’s upcoming Democratic primary.

According to the Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel, “Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez will head to Kansas on July 20. They’ll begin in Wichita, where James Thompson, who narrowly lost a special election in 2017, wants another chance to win the 4th Congressional District. They’ll continue with an event in the Kansas City suburbs for Brent Welder, a former Sanders delegate now seeking the Democratic nomination in the 3rd Congressional District.”


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