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Wednesday Scoop: Mr. Trump Goes to Europe

Plus, how many movies can one person watch?

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Welcome to the Morning Scoop for July 11, 2018. This morning, we’re watching the president upset everyone in Europe, and learning just how incredible those Thai soccer players were. 

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Today in Trump: Europe, Family Reunions and Kavanaugh

Speaking his mind at the White House before heading to Europe (Image: NBC News video)

President Trump sure has a knack for dominating the news cycle. If you’re still keeping track, here’s the latest:

  • The president started a European trip by attending the NATO Summit in Brussels and attacking the organization for failing to pay their fair share on defense, then tearing into Germany for being “controlled by Russia.” European Council President Donald Tusk responded by saying, “dear America, appreciate your allies. After all you don’t have that many.” In London, some are turning to rock and roll to protest the president’s visit.  
  • The Trump administration missed a deadline yesterday to reunify all 98 detained immigrant children under five years old with their parents. The Justice Department announced they are in the process of reuniting 51 young children with their parents who are in detention. Reunited families will be released, with parents wearing an ankle monitor to ensure they show up for court hearings. There is a July 26 deadline to reunite all children with their parents.
  • With the president out of the country, parties are lining up for a confirmation battle over SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. However, there seems to be no single argument for opponents to line up behind and some observers think there won’t be much of a battle at all. 

How Thailand Cave Drama Ended

All 12 soccer players and their coach were rescued yesterday after being stuck in a cave in northern Thailand for nearly three weeks. Details are now emerging about how luck and skill played a part. 

Each boy was led out of the submerged cave by two divers — a team made up of 13 foreign divers and five Thai Navy SEALs. They covered over 2.5 miles. The boys wore full-face diving masks, as one of the divers held their oxygen takes in front of them to get through tight crevices in almost total darkness. All three were attached to a line that lead to the entrance of the cave. 

“They are forced to do something that no kid has ever done before,” Ivan Karadzic, a diver on the rescue team, told the BBC

Amazingly, water pumps draining the area failed just hours after the last boy had been evacuated. If they had failed during the rescue mission, it could easily have been fatal. 


Movies with Julie Has Begun!

We got one brave member of the CMN team — Julie Rosner, a junior majoring in Journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University — a Movie Pass and told her to go to as many movies this summer as she can take. Sound fun? Sound awful? Sound crazy?

Either way, Julie started her quest yesterday by taking in the bonding comedy “TAG.” Read her review and follow along to see how she holds up this summer. She may never be able to smell popcorn again.

Movies with Julie: Tag, you’re it!


Today in a Tweet

July 11th. 7/11. 7-11. Seven Eleven!!!

Last But Not Least: North West Makes Her Modeling Debut With Kim K for Fendi

Setting the bar high for kindergartners everywhere, Kim Kardashian’s five-year-old daughter, North West, has been recently featured in a Fendi ad campaign alongside her mother and grandmother, Kris Jenner.

CMN Senior Editor Carla Loebenstein has the lowdown and all the pics. 


Wednesday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Erin WhittenNatalia KolenkoHannah DemissieJulie Rosner, and Carla Loebenstein. We gotta go, it’s free Slurpee Day. 

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