Yesterday the Guardian broke the story of the Kremlin papers, documents purporting to show that Vladimir Putin personally authorized a secret multi-agency spy operation to support Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election.
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In dive deeper into the papers, it seems that the plot was presented as completely defensive: “Right now, the Russian Federation is in a dire situation. American measures continue to be felt in all areas of public life,” the papers begin.
The papers list Trump’s personality flaws and “inferiority complex” as reasons why he would be perfect for weakening the US’s bargaining power.
Evidence of Trump’s Flaws Was Gathered by Surveillance and observation of his previous trips to Russia, the documents say.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House, where they promised to work together to defend against Russian aggression.
At least 81 dead in devastating floods in Germany
Merkel expressed her deepest condolences to the victims of the “catastrophe” of flood that has devastated the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, while the death toll rose to 81 Friday morning.
The authorities were still trying about 1,300 people find as of Thursday night, though they thought the figure was high due to damaged cell phone networks.
Climate scientists shocked by the floods in Germany, saying they didn’t expect it records to break so much, over such a large area, so quickly.
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty under nine arrested in protest against voting rights
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, an Ohio Democrat, was… participate in a protest at the Capitol called on the Senate to pass the For the People Act when she was taken away wearing ties. “Let the people vote,” she tweeted. “Fight for justice.”
The western US and Canada brace for another heat wave as more than 70 wildfires continue to burn
The fourth scorching heat wave in five weeks is expected to worsen forest fires already ravaging an area larger than Rhode Island in the western US and Canada this weekend.
In other news…
Execution of death row inmate Rodney Reed was called off, days before it would take place, after Kim Kardashian West took his case. His case is yet another in the debate over the role that celebrities and publicity have come to play in the American justice system.
The Texas Democrats Who Fled the State to Thwart a Restrictive Voting Bill to have energetic voters in the struggle for voting rights.
The full picture of the racial impact of the pandemic in the US is unclear because of the systemic errors in collecting race and ethnicity data around Covid-19 – even in states that are leading the way in promoting health equity.
The Supreme Court Stephen Breyer he said hadn’t decided when he would retire yet, amid calls from liberal activists and Democratic lawmakers that Biden. want to see nominate a younger liberal judge.
Statistic of the Day: At least 5.5 million Americans have received water that exceeds Environmental Protection Agency-approved levels of lead
Across the country, lead pipes still connect homes to local water supplies. As the White House pushes for a national plan, Newark in New Jersey has been removed more than 20,000 lead water pipes.
Don’t Miss: An Interview With The Olympian Who Turned Away From The Flag
Hammer thrower Gwen Berry became a face of athlete activism when she earned a spot on her second Olympic team in June, when she turned on the podium and draped a shirt that read “activist athlete” over her head. “I’m trying to fight for a better America for everyone,” she said in an interview with the Guardian. “That doesn’t make me anti-American.”
Last Thing: Stop Telling Women To Smile
Over the past 400 years, a painter restorer decided that a Dutch vegetable seller needed to brighten up a bit and put on a smile in a mysterious, unsigned painting. The English Heritage has brought her back to her previous enigmatic state.
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