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5 things for Thursday, July 13: President Trump, FBI nominee, missing men, Chinese base, flood threat
The President may be in Paris -- he and the first lady are there for Bastille Day celebrations -- but that Russia-related cloud still hangs over him. Shock waves over Donald Trump Jr.'s emails and 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer are still reverberating through DC. Democrats can't stop talking about it (one has even filed an impeachment bill); Republicans would rather talk about something -- anything -- else.
Before he left, the President told Pat Robertson on the Christian Broadcasting Network that Russian President Vladimir Putin actually wanted Hillary Clinton to win last year's election.
Back in Paris, Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron will talk about security and fighting terrorism before taking questions from reporters and dining with their wives at the Eiffel Tower. The relationship between Macron and Trump will be interesting to watch, since many think Macron will be Europe's main point of contact with the unorthodox American president.
With all of the Russia-related stuff swirling around DC, the confirmation hearing for Chris Wray, President Trump's pick for FBI director, was almost overlooked. Wray said he'd be independent, would run the agency without outside influence, and would rather resign than comply with an order he felt was illegal or immoral. He said no one in the Trump administration had asked him for a loyalty pledge (like ex-director James Comey alleged) and that he didn't think the Russia investigation was a witch hunt. Wray's remarks got a thumbs-up from at least one Democrat: Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she'll vote to confirm.
The body of one of four missing men in Pennsylvania has been found. Nineteen-year-old Dean Finocchiaro's body was found in a 12-foot-deep grave on a 90-acre property north of Philadelphia. Other human remains were found in the grave, but they haven't been ID'd yet. "This is a homicide, make no mistake about it," the district attorney said. The 20-year-old son of the property's owners was arrested on suspicion of stealing and trying to sell a car owned by one of the missing men. The car was found on the property.
China is spreading its wings militarily, setting up its first overseas military base in Djibouti. Two Chinese warships and an undisclosed number of troops are headed to the African country. State-run media says the base will be used to support the country's warships as they conduct anti-piracy and humanitarian operations and is "not about seeking to control the world." Good to know.
So why do the Chinese want to be there? The country, in the Horn of Africa, is strategic because it sits on the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Mediterranean Sea (via the Suez Canal and the Red Sea) to the Indian Ocean. That's why everybody else wants to be there, too: the US, France and Japan have bases there, as well. Some 1 million Chinese nationals live in Africa.
Within 20 years, almost 200 coastal American cities may be unlivable because of constant flooding brought on by rising sea levels. The grim outlook, based on a study from the Union of Concerned Scientists, said major US cities like New York, San Francisco, Miami and New Orleans, along with smaller coastal towns, may be subjected to flooding so chronic and widespread over the coming decades that people will have to move. By the end of the century, the study predicts the number of coastal cities deemed uninhabitable by flooding will increase to almost 500.
The weight, in tons, of the section of an iceberg that has broken away from western Antarctica. Scientists are still trying to figure out if climate change played a role in speeding up the rift.
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