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5 things for Thursday, July 6: President Trump, North Korea, Volvo
President Donald Trump went after North Korea over its latest missile test but also found time to blast CNN and former President Barack Obama during his press conference this morning with Polish President Andrzej Duda. He also said, yeah, Russia "and others" meddled in the 2016 election but downplayed US intelligence agencies' assessment of it all. Poland is Trump's first stop on a European trip that will take him to Germany for a G20 summit, including a much-anticipated face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Later this morning Trump is expected to get a warm welcome in Warsaw's historic Krasinski Square, where he'll address the Polish people. Poland generally likes it when US presidents visit, but the good vibes may dissipate some when Trump arrives in Germany, where he's much less popular.
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, had a simple response to North Korea's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile: We're not having it. Haley, during a meeting of the UN Security Council, said the United States would do whatever it needed to do -- including possibly using military force -- to stop the North Koreans. She went after China, too, saying its trade with the United States would be in jeopardy if it kept helping Kim Jong Un's regime. US officials said what the North tested Tuesday was a new kind of missile that was capable of hitting Alaska.
The unrest in Caracas went from the streets and into the halls of power as supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stormed the National Assembly and attacked opposition lawmakers on the country's Independence Day. Wednesday's attack, which happened after government supporters forced open the chambers' large wooden doors, left dozens of lawmakers bloodied. Some journalists were attacked, too. At least 12 people were injured. Maduro condemned the violence. Things have been tough this year in Venezuela, which faces a deepening economic crisis and violent street protests from people seeking changes in government.
There's renewed concern this morning about the health of US Rep. Steve Scalise. He was readmitted to intensive care over worries about infection, and his condition is listed as serious. Scalise, the House majority whip, was critically injured during a shooting last month at the GOP House baseball team's practice. Scalise was shot in his left hip and suffered significant damage to blood vessels, bones and some internal organs.
Is this the beginning of the end of gas-only cars? It is if Volvo has its way. The Swedish automaker says it will stop making cars with only internal combustion engines. By 2019 all of its vehicles will either be hybrids or all-electric, making Volvo the first traditional carmaker to make such a move. But some analysts have put the brakes on the idea that gas-only cars are going away forever. Sure electric cars are becoming more popular, they say, but most automakers will be hesitant to stop making gas-only cars for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that the vehicles are so profitable.
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