The Brief

Key Speakers At The 2017 SALT Conference
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A Turning Point

Trump tried doing things the Washington way. But in hiring Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, Trump overruled the advice of his top advisers and relied on the guidance of his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner

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Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Shooting

The Minneapolis police chief has resigned following the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a police officer. Chief Janee Harteau stepped down one day after making her first remarks on the death of 40-year-old Justine Damond

Israel Palestinians

6 Killed in Violent Clashes in Jerusalem

Tensions over the Holy Land's most contested shrine boiled over into violence that killed six people — three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement

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Al-Qaeda Suspect Brought to the U.S.

An al-Qaeda suspect linked to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist has been brought to Philadelphia from Spain to face terrorism charges in a civilian court rather than being sent to the prison at Guantanamo Bay


North Korea Will Be Off-Limits to Americans

Americans will be barred from traveling to North Korea following a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country. The move follows the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who fell into a coma while in North Korean custody


Mexico Just Had Its Deadliest Month in 20 Years

Mexican government statistics show June was the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, with murders reaching 2,234. The one-month total also makes 2017 the deadliest first half of a year that Mexico has seen in at least two decades

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Can President Trump Pardon Himself?

As the special counsel investigation swirls around President Trump, the Washington Post reported that he's trying to learn about his pardoning powers. But could he actually pardon himself?


Hawaii to Announce Emergency Plan for N. Korea Attack

Hawaii is launching a plan to prepare residents in case North Korea fires an intercontinental missile at the island state. The educational campaign aims to inform residents and visitors on what to do if North Korea strikes

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Salvador Dali's Mustache Still Intact After Body Exhumed

Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test. Officials said Friday that the artist's famous mustache has also stayed in its classic shape

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Fantastic Four Is Getting a Surprising Spinoff Movie

Noah Hawley announced at Comic-Con in San Diego that he is working on a Doctor Doom movie for 20th Century Fox. He revealed very few details about the project, but for fans, this might actually work for the flagging Fantastic Four franchise


GOP Faces Uphill Battle on Health Care

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing John McCain's potential absence and a report that the number of uninsured Americans would soar