(Above: U.S. President Donald Trump has previously had a meeting with newly declared heir to the Saudi Arabian throne, Mohammaed bin Salman)
Karen Handel, the Republican candidate in the Georgia special election, won the Congressional seat for the sixth district yesterday. Some see her victory as an affirmation of Trump from certain parts of his voting base.
Here is an opinion piece related to this election:
Also in American politics, a divisive rift is emerging in the Republican camp that could affect the health care bill. Issues causing the divide are Medicaid spending and the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. The New York Times article below is a breakdown of how Republican senators view the bill.
Donald Trump tweeted last night: "While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!" His intentions are unclear, but coupled with the death of Otto Warmbier, this statement (presumably tied to China's lack of success in convincing the North Koreans to curb their nuclear testing) seems to point towards frustration with North Korea, who Trump has called, according to the New York Times, the United States' 'most urgent foreign threat.' The timing of the tweet is also of particular interest, as China and the U.S. have meetings scheduled for today (Wednesday).
King Salman of Saudi Arabia (one of the few absolute monarchies remaining in the world) has changed his pick for next in line to the throne--he named his 31 year old son, Mohammed bin Salman, as the heir.
In business, Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from his post yesterday, amid scandals relating to sexual assault and workplace culture. It seems that shareholders have forced him out.
Today is the first day of summer, marked by the estival solstice, or summer solstice! It's the longest day of the year! Enjoy the daylight!
Have a great Wednesday!