Republican Senators Criticize Trump After Putin Summit, Metro Union Votes In Favor Of Strike

Republican Senators Criticize Trump After Putin Summit

(Washington, DC) — President Trump is facing criticism from three Republican senators after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham tweeted that Trump missed an opportunity to hold Russia accountable for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Graham also said Trump should have given Putin a strong warning to stay out of future U.S. elections. Graham said Trump’s performance will be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and will create far more problems than it solves. Arizona’s Jeff Flake tweeted that it is “shameful” that Trump would blame the U.S. for Russia’s bad behavior. Trump said both nations have been foolish over many years. Nebraska’s Ben Sasse argued that blaming both countries was bizarre and flat-out wrong. In a statement, Sasse said Putin “and his thugs” are responsible for Soviet-style aggression.

Metro Union Votes In Favor Of Strike

(Forestville, MD) — A majority of the largest union of Metro workers are supporting a strike. The president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 says of the thousands who lined up to vote yesterday, 94-percent were in favor of authorizing a strike. The union accuses Metro leadership of repeatedly violating their collective bargaining agreement. It is still unclear if and when the strike will happen. Union leaders acknowledged it would have a significant impact on commuters.

Chicago Police Department Releases Body Cam Footage Following Shooting

(Chicago, IL) — The Chicago Police Department is releasing the body cam footage of an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead. In a press conference yesterday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the department is releasing the video in the interest of transparency and to dispel inaccurate information. Violent protests broke out over the weekend after officers fatally shot 37-year-old Harith Augustus during a confrontation in South Shore, Illinois. Two foot patrol officers approached Augustus about a concealed weapon. Police say Augustus reached for his weapon, which resulted in the officers opening fire.

MGM National Harbor Expands

(Oxon Hill, MD) — The biggest casino in Maryland is growing. The MGM National Harbor opened up a 48-million dollar expansion yesterday. The Baltimore Sun reports the expansion includes a brand new poker room, off-track horse betting, and nearly 300 slot machines. That also includes a terrace overlooking the Potomac River.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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