North Korea Threatens Guam
Explosive rhetoric continues between North Korea and President Trump after news that North Korea can now fit nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles thought capable of reaching the United States. Pyongyang said on Wednesday that plans for a missile strike against the U.S. territory of Guam will be ready in days, adding that “only absolute force” can work on Trump. Meanwhile, U.S. officials are trying to tamp down tensions after the president’s “fire and fury” threats against North Korea on Tuesday. Read the story from NPR.
Canada Sees Spike in Asylum-Seekers Arriving From U.S.
Hundreds of asylum-seekers have crossed the border illegally into Quebec in recent weeks, fleeing the U.S. in fear of deportation. The Canadian military is building a large camp to house the recent arrivals, many of whom are Haitians who left their country after the 2010 earthquake. Read the story from NPR.
Cuban Diplomats Expelled After Bizarre ‘Incidents’ in Havana
The U.S. State Department expelled two Cuban diplomats earlier this year after Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Havana developed strange medical symptoms. Reports indicate Cuba used a covert sonic device that left the victims with severe hearing loss. Read the story from NPR.
Transgender Military Members Sue Trump
Five transgender service members are suing President Trump over his planned ban on transgender individuals in the military, calling the policy unconstitutional, destabilizing, and harmful. The president announced the proposed policy reversal via Twitter, but the Pentagon has yet to enact the ban while it waits for official White House guidance. Read the story from NPR.
Russian Surveillance Plane Creates Buzz in Washington
Flying low over the Pentagon, Capitol, and other Washington sites on Wednesday, the Russian surveillance plane was cleared by the U.S. government under the Treaty on Open Skies, which allows signers to make observation flights over member nations. Read the story from The AP.
Bruce Springsteen Goes to Broadway
The Boss will make his Broadway debut this fall in a series of intimate, solo shows in a 960-seat venue. He will be performing his songs and reading from his best-selling memoir “Born to Run.”