POLITICS: Yesterday, Prez Trump said ‘why can’t we all just get along’ and announced that he’s open to meeting with Iran’s prez - Hassan Rouhani - within weeks. Plus that he’s up for a “short-term line of credit or loan” to help out Iran’s economy. This comes after Iran’s supreme leader repeatedly said he’s not interested in chatting with the Trump team. Plot twist. Speaking of which, yesterday, the G7 summit came to a close. Headlines were made. As in world leaders agreed to hand Brazil $20 million to help fight fires in the Amazon. Money that Brazil...rejected. Yes, really. Around the same time, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared he’d be sending $15 million to help fight Amazon fires. No word yet on this from Brazil.
USA: All eyes are on Newark. Reminder: for months, there’s been talk that the water there is contaminated with lead. Talk that city officials have dismissed...until recently. See: yesterday, the city announced a plan to borrow $120 million to cut the time it takes to replace the pipes responsible for the contaminated water from 10 years down to 2 ½. Officials are set to vote on the plan today. Speaking of which, recently, Rob Porter (as in the former White House aide) was subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee as part of its impeachment inquiry into Trump. And meanwhile, prosecuters are reportedly getting close to a decision on whether to indict Andrew McCabe (the former FBI deputy director) on charges of lying to federal agents.
WORLD: Recently, Indonesia announced that it’d be moving its capital city from Jakarta to...Borneo Island. For years, Indonesia’s been talking about moving its capital city from Jakarta - one of the world’s most overpopulated cities. The why: the city’s quickly sinking into the Java Sea due to things like rising waters and over-extraction of groundwater. Now, it looks like Indonesia’s deciding to unzip its wallet and spend $34 billion across 10 years to build a new capital city. In other news, a new study shows US films are lacking when it comes to Latino representation. Think: across a 12 year period, only 4.5% of speaking characters were Latino - with a quarter of those characters being gangsters, criminals, and drug dealers. Not good.