5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump tells Republicans to stop 'wasting their time on immigration'

  • EU hits U.S. with $3.3 billion in retaliatory tariffs

  • Military preps for return of U.S. remains from North Korea

  • House overwhelmingly passes massive package to combat the opioid epidemic

  • Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dies at 54

President Trump said Friday that "Republicans should stop wasting their time on immigration." "Even if we get 100 percent Republican votes in the Senate, we need 10 Democrat votes to get a much-needed immigration bill," Trump said in a tweet, vowing that if more Republicans are elected, they "will pass the finest, fairest, and most comprehensive immigration bills anywhere in the world." Later in the day, Trump hosted an event at the White House for the relatives of people who had been murdered by undocumented immigrants, calling them members of "permanently separated" families. There, he claimed that 63,000 people have been killed by undocumented immigrants since 9/11, a claim for which The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale notes there's "no apparent basis."

Source: The Toronto Star, PBS NewsHour

The European Union retaliated against President Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs Friday with tariffs on about $3.3 billion worth of American goods, including bourbon, orange juice, peanut butter, and motorcycles. The tariffs, mostly at 25 percent, are designed in part to "make noise" by targeting politically important states like Kentucky, Florida, and Wisconsin, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said. Trump announced plans to impose a 20 percent tariff on all cars imported from the EU in response, sending shares plummeting for European and American car companies alike. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that by early next month, $75 billion in U.S. products will be hit by new foreign tariffs.

Source: The New York Times, The Associated Press

The military said Saturday it is delivering more than 200 caskets to the North Korean village of Panmunjom, close to the South Korean border, in preparation for the return of the remains of U.S. soldiers missing since the Korean War in the 1950s. The return was part of the agreement reached by President Trump at his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore. About as many soldiers' remains were returned between 1999 and 2005. Trump has celebrated the return of the "hero remains" and, implausibly, claimed the soldiers' parents begged him to make this happen.

Source: The Associated Press, NBC News

The House on Friday decisively passed a massive package meant to address the opioid crisis, by a vote of 396-14. "This is costing us lives. This is why we're so focused on ending this opioid epidemic," said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in comments last week. There are 58 individual bills in the package, including Jessie's Law, which will require medical records to list addiction histories so that doctors can avoid prescribing opioids to such patients. Privacy advocates have expressed concern, but some say the legislation does not go far enough: "I do question if this bill will have a meaningful impact on the opioid crisis," said Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). Experts say the opioid epidemic could claim 1 million lives by 2020.

Source: NBC News

Drummer Vinnie Paul, a founding member of the metal band Pantera, has died, the band's Facebook page announced late Friday. He was 54. "Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah," the brief statement said. "No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time." Paul cofounded Pantera with his brother, known as Dimebag Darrell, and vocalist Terry Glaze in 1981, and their work proved widely influential for heavy music in the following decades. The Texas-based group split in 2003.

Source: Rolling Stone, CNN
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