Above: Former Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo.)
President Trump is in France for the Bastille Day celebrations (on invite from French President Emmanuel Macron). In recent days, he has been protective and angry about the coverage on his son, Donald Jr. and his meeting with Russian lawyers about potential dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Also in US politics, Republican Senators are set to unveil a new health care bill, potentially a replacement for the bill that was revealed at the beginning of this month. The first senate health bill was met with bipartisan reprimand and even defection from some Republican Senators.
In medicine, the Food and Drug panel recommended (unanimously) that the FDA approve a new form of cancer treatment--gene therapy. This type of treatment would transform a person's gene makeup in order to fight the harmful cells. This particular form of treatment is set to combat Leukemia--a cancer of the white blood cells.
Liu Xiaobo, the Former Nobel Peace Prize winner who became a Chinese political prisoner for dissidence, died today at age 61. He was under guard at a state hospital.
The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, was found guilty recently of corruption and money laundering. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The nominees for the 69th annual Emmy Awards for the best in television will be announced today.
In a bit of local news--for me, that is--today marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary 1977 New York City blackout that gripped the city for two days and left millions without power.
Hopefully it doesn't happen again today!
Have a great Thursday everybody!