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El Salvador Bans Gold Mining (Dan)
In an effort to protect their water, El Salvador passed into law a moratorium on all gold mining.
Maryland General Assembly Approves Fracking Ban (Jimmy)
Governor Larry Hogan has promised to sign the bill, making Maryland the second state to ban fracking by law.
Wasserman Schultz to Sanders: Dems Already a Grassroots Party (Trevin)
Cites defeat of Trumpcare as example, and declares that “it’s more like semantics.”
Chinese President Xi and Trump to Meet at Mar-a-Lago, Not White House (Dan)
President Xi desired to meet somewhere less formal than the White House to discuss growing public disputes between the two countries, including North Korea, the South China Sea, and Taiwan.
Soros Funded University Could Be Shuttered in Hungary (Dan)
Hungary’s right-wing leader Viktor Orban has targeted the Soros-funded university because it does not have a US campus, even though its academic freedom is predicated on operating like an American institution.
Baltimore Mayor Vetoes $15 Minimum Wage (Jimmy)
Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed the measure after the City Council passed it 11-3.
UN Envoy Nikki Haley Calls Human Rights Council ‘So Corrupt’ (Dan)
Without stating names, Haley called out the UN Council during a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations. While China and Saudi Arabia sit on the Council, as well as the US who has protected allies who have committed human-rights abuses, Trump’s administration has appeared disinterested in human rights complaints about these countries as well as internationally.