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Welcome to the Morning Scoop for July 20, 2018. Sounds like the president is in for some double trouble; if it didn’t work the first time, does he think it’s going to work a second? We guess so.

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Trump Invites Putin for Second Summit in Washington, D.C.

Shaking hands at the Helsinki conference. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

Just days after the Helsinki summit, President Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet with him once again, this time in the U.S. capital.

The invite follows a public backlash over declining to condemn Putin while in Helsinki for Russian interference in the 2016 election.

President Trump reported that he “looks forward” to talking issues with Putin, including nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, and North Korea. Upon being informed of the potential Washington summit at a national security conference, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was not aware of the invite, and looked surprised. Director Coats is still unsure of what both presidents spoke about during their two hours alone in Helsinki.

The summit would take place sometime in the fall.


San Diego Comic Con 2018: What to Look Forward to at This Year’s Convention

San Diego Comic Con 2018 is the biggest event in fan and nerd culture, showcasing upcoming movies, toys, comic books, collectibles, television shows and more.

Last year convention was jam-packed and was a debut for a lot of new movies and shows such as “Black Panther,” “Infinity War,” “Justice League,” “Stranger Things” and “Westworld.” However, this year’s convention is more fan-focused and less jammed pack as it was announced Marvel Studios and “Game of Thrones” will not be in attendance, making SDCC feel a bit more relaxed and less hectic than last year.

Regardless of  missing GOT and Marvel, there is still a lot to look for to this year with DC/Warner Bros unveiling the trailer for their new superhero “Aquaman,” “Wonder Woman” 1984, the release of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” season 9, Fox’s new upcoming movie “The Predator” and many more.

Check out Jessica Watson’s full list of Comic-Con specials here. 


California Supreme Court Blocks a Proposed Ballot Initiative to Break up the State

A unanimous decision by the seven judges of  the state Supreme Court of California on Thursday, July 18, blocked a ballot initiative proposal that would break up or partitioned the state into three states. The initiative officially known as Proposition 9, originally proposed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, would split the state into three separate individual states.

The court sided with a state environmental non-profit, the Planning and Conservation League, who brought up a lawsuit against Draper’s group, Citizens for Cal 3, because they said that breaking up the state could harm or deter current environmental regulations and standards. Furthermore, the Court also said that any proposed partition of the state must be approved by the state legislature as well as the federal Congress.

Get the full picture from Duane Murphy’s report here. 


Today in a Tweet: Moon Landiversary

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, during which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to set foot on the moon. 


Last But Not Least: Six Albums for Navigating the Complexities of College

Music can be absolutely vital to navigating the stress of university. Whether you’re walking to class, enduring a lengthy study session, or unwinding with friends after a long day, it’s important to have music available to you that parallels and narrates these sentiments of young life. There are plenty of lists on the internet with headlines like “Top 20 Essential Albums for Every College Student!”, but these are mostly concocted by 30-somethings praising the banality of getting stoned and truly understanding ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’. (Spoiler alert: ‘The Wall’ is better.)

This is not one of those lists.

This is a list of albums about the trials of being a young adult and maneuvering through the complexities of situations and feelings that we are often not yet able to comprehend.

Check out Anna Rahkonen’s complete list here. 


This pre-weekend Morning Scoop was made possible by Jessica WatsonDuane MurphyAnna-Maria Rahkonen, and the CMN Staff. We initially wrote “3018” at the top instead of the actual year, and we almost left it in. And if we didn’t tell you that, would you have actually noticed? Probably not, but now you’re going to read our introduction paragraph more closely. 

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