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US Air Force officer on Thai cave rescue plan

US Air Force Public Affairs Officer Jessica Tait says rescue teams are trying to find the safest way to save 12 boys and their soccer coach as a number of elements make the rescue effort difficult.

Posted: Jul 4, 2018 12:51 AM
Updated: Jul 4, 2018 12:51 AM

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1. NATO

President Trump has rattled traditional US allies again, this time in the form of letters sent to leaders of NATO nations. The letters, first reported on by The New York Times, were delivered last month to the leaders of Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada, among others, and demanded they increase their defense spending. Trump threatened to alter America's global military presence if they didn't. The President is going to a NATO summit meeting next week in Brussels, so yeah, it'll be awkward.

2. Thailand cave rescue

A wave of relief swept around the world after word got out that the 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand had been found alive. The group has been trapped in a flooded cave in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system in northern Thailand for more than a week. But that rush of excitement has now turned to trepidation. It will not be easy getting them out. The only way out is flooded and attempts to pump water out of the cave have failed. So rescuers are considering teaching the boys how to scuba dive in order to save them. This entire rescue operation might take awhile. How long? Officials plan to supply the group with four months' worth of food.

3. Supreme Court

The White House is in full-blown Supreme Court mode, as it prepares for the announcement of President Trump's Supreme Court pick next week. Trump said he's already interviewed four candidates. Reports are that he's intrigued by the prospect of picking the first truly conservative female justice (Sandra Day O'Connor ultimately disappointed many conservatives). That may mean that federal judge Amy Coney Barrett is Trump's dream candidate. CNN's Chris Cillizza says for a President who considers image to be everything, Coney Barrett -- a woman, a mother, a reliable conservative -- comes straight out of Central Casting.

4. Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached an agreement on how to deal with migrants in her country which also keeps her coalition government from unraveling. Merkel agreed to set up transit centers to return migrants to countries where they've already registered for asylum. It's a big concession for Merkel, who had stuck with a policy of welcoming migrants to Germany, despite the political pushback she's gotten from the country's right-wing. But the pressure has been mounting and reached a criticial point when the country's interior minister threatened to quit over Merkel's migration policies. That would have likely left Merkel's political coalition in shambles.

5. Portland State protests

Students at Portland State University are protesting having armed police on campus after a man trying to break up a fight was shot and killed by officers. Jason Washington was trying to stop the fight outside of a sports bar late last week when a gun fell out of his holster. When he reached for it, officers shot him. Protesters demonstrated over the weekend at the Oregon school, which has only had armed campus officers for a couple of years. The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

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Prime Day (and a half)

The next Amazon Prime Day is coming, but it's really not a day at all. The uber popular online savings event, set for July 16, will now be 36 hours long.

All star teams

First Lebron went to the Lakers. Now DeMarcus Cousins has joined the Warriors. Everybody else in the NBA should just throw in the towel.

Baby boom

Ever wanted to see a planet being born? Thanks to a "planet-hunting instrument," now you can.

Parting gift

Some needy kids can still be Toys 'R' Us kids, thanks to an anonymous shopper who spent $1 million right before the stores closed for good.

Flower power

A 3-year-old girl beat cancer, then served as the flower girl in her bone marrow donor's wedding. Just go ahead and grab those tissues now.

Crew member miracle

A man fell off a cruise ship, then was rescued almost a full day later -- by another cruise ship.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Stay in the country and let's look for solutions to support you."

Honduran first lady Ana García Carías, discouraging her country's citizens from trying to cross the US-Mexico border illegally. García Carías toured an immigration processing center in McAllen, Texas.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

60 million

The number of Americans under a heat watch, warning or advisory today, as the worst heat wave of the year torches the East

AND FINALLY

Play time

Multiplayer games aren't just for humans. Dogs like them too! (Click to view)

ONE MORE THING

There's no newsletter tomorrow, because of the Fourth of July holiday, so enjoy the fireworks and parades and we'll see you all back here on Thursday.

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