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Julian Assange, Puerto Rico, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, racist tweets, teens & screens: 5 things to know for July 16



1. Politics

The House of Representatives plans to vote on a resolution condemning President Trump's racist tweets about four Democratic women of color. It is not clear when the vote will take place, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged GOP lawmakers to join Democrats in "condemning the president's xenophobic tweets." A few Republicans emerged yesterday to condemn Trump's tweets, but others stayed silent
And a few like US Sen. Lindsey Graham, backed the President, with Graham saying the "squad" – as US Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have come to be called – there is just a bunch of communists who hate America. Trump doubled down on his extreme rhetoric, saying his tweets were not racist and that he was unbothered by statements of support from white nationalists, who say they hear a common cause in President's words. The congresswomen responded in a news conference urging Americans not to be distracted by Trump's taunts

2. Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange turned the Ecuadorian Embassy in London into a command center and coordinated a series of damaging disclosures that rocked the 201
6 US presidential campaign. The evidence for this comes in new documents obtained exclusively by CNN. Surveillance reports describe how Assange – now serving a one-year prison term in London – received potentially hacked materials related to the election via in-person deliveries. The documents built on the possibility, raised by special adviser Robert Mueller in his report on Russian interdiction, that couriers brought hacked files to Assange at the embassy

3. Puerto Rico

Pressure is building on Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to step down after remarks he made in a private group chat were made public. Puerto Ricans demonstrated against Rosselló over the weekend, and police gassed some protesters last night in San Juan. The messages between the governor and his inner circle revealed a seemingly vengeful approach to running US territory, including attacking journalists by discrediting stories and threatening to turn over political opponents to the police. The Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages from the private group chat.

Sadie Roberts-Joseph

Why would anyone want to hurt Sadie Roberts-Joseph? The 75-year-old community leader and activist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was found dead last week in the trunk of her car. The death is being investigated as a murder, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said. Roberts-Joseph was suffocated, an autopsy found. She was the founder of an African-American museum in the city and a nonprofit focused on creating a safer environment for children. "She's a jewel in this community," said Paul, who promised an arrest in the case

5. Teens and screens

Do your teenagers spend a lot of time on social media? Are they glued to TV too, too? It might be a good idea to have them unplug for a while. A new study suggests a link between heavy amounts of screen time and depression. The study, published yesterday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, says that for every additional hour spent on social media or watching TV, the severity of depressive symptoms goes up within that same year. "Our knowledge, the present study is the first to present a developmental analysis of variations in depression and various types of screen time," the researchers wrote.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Super surprise

Erick Hill's 6th birthday was anything but special: His house burned down. But some firefighters stepped in to save his special day

Elvis has entered the building

Actor Austin Butler (yes, we had to him, too) will play King of Rock 'n' Roll in a new biopic opposite to Tom Hanks

Back to Paradise

, California.

Not a Florida story

Police are telling people in one Tennessee town to stop flushing drugs down the toilet because it could create "meth gators."

] The robots are coming

The next time you shout at the Umpire at a MLB game, you might be screaming at a "robo ump."

HAPPENING LATER

Awards time

Emmy nominations will be announced this morning.

An Air

Air Force is always ready to protect America and its assets. Force spokeswoman telling the Washington Post that UFO enthusiasts should stand down from their plan to storm Area 51 and "see them aliens."

TODAY'S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Foraging fun

and make a reservation at the high-end New York restaurants that use weeds – yes, weeds – to create their dishes. (Click to view.)

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