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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump signs order imposing new 'hard-hitting' sanctions on Iran

  • Migrant children relocated from 'inhumane' Texas facility

  • Trump denies new rape allegation because 'she's not my type'

  • Watchdog to testify on Kellyanne Conway's 'unlawful' behavior

  • U.S. moves on to quarterfinals in Women's World Cup

President Trump on Monday announced he is imposing new "hard-hitting" sanctions on Iran. Speaking in the Oval Office before signing an executive order, the president said his sanctions will deny Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and others "access to key financial resources and support." It follows what Trump referred to as a "series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks," including Iran's recent shooting down of a U.S. drone. Iranian navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi on Monday described the drone being shot down as a "firm response" that "can be repeated." Trump on Monday also said, "We cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon."

Source: ABC News, NBC News

Almost all of the children who had been staying at a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, have been removed from the facility, following reports that the kids were hungry and living in filthy conditions. The Associated Press reported last week that lawyers visiting the detention center were shocked to learned children weren't given access to showers and were complaining of hunger, while some of the older kids were taking care of sick toddlers because there weren't enough workers. More than 300 children were housed at the facility, described by Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) as being "inhumane," but only 30 remain. Migrants are not supposed to stay at Border Patrol stations longer than 72 hours, but some of the kids had been there for three weeks.

Source: USA Today

President Trump issued another denial Monday that he raped writer E. Jean Carroll in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990, telling The Hill: "I'll say it with great respect: No, 1, she's not my type. No. 2, it never happened," and she is "totally lying." Trump has used similar language in denying some of the other dozen-plus public allegations of sexual assault against him. Carroll told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday night, "I love that I'm not his type," but Trump's response to the myriad allegations — "He denies, he turns it around, he threatens, and he attacks" — is damaging. Carroll laid out her allegations in New York on Friday, and two friends confirmed she told them about the alleged rape after it happened 23 years ago.

Source: The Hill, Vox

A government watchdog will criticize White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's "unacceptable" and "unlawful" behavior while testifying before Congress this week. The Office of Special Counsel recommended earlier this month that Conway be fired for "repeatedly" violating the Hatch Act, which limits the political activities federal employees can engage in, and Special Counsel Henry Kerner will discuss this while testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday. In an opening statement released on Monday, Kerner criticizes Conway for her "egregious and repeated Hatch Act violations," as well as her "unrepentant attitude," which he says are "unacceptable from any federal employee." Conway has denied that she violated the Hatch Act. Trump has said he has no plans to fire Conway.

Source: The Daily Beast

The U.S. conceded their first goal of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Monday when Spain's Jennifer Hermoso scored in the 9th minute during the knockout stage contest. The U.S.'s Megan Rapinoe converted two penalty kicks, giving the U.S. a 2-1 win. The U.S., the tournament favorites, infamously pounded Thailand in their group stage opener, 13-0, before shutting out Chile and Sweden, 3-0 and 2-0, respectively, to clinch the group. Spain, though, gave the U.S. their toughest challenge of the tournament in a win-or-go-home situation. The U.S. will now move on to play France, who beat Brazil 2-1 on Sunday, in the quarterfinals.

Source: ESPN
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