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The Trump Administration asked for more time to reunite some families separated at the border, and U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego approved. Tuesday was the original deadline to reunite about 100 children younger than five with their parents. The White House says about half of those families will be released together by the deadline. The judge wants an update on the rest by tomorrow. These kids represent a tiny fraction of the 3000 or so who are supposed to be back with their parents by the end of this month
This spring, the World Health Organization introduced a resolution supporting breastfeeding babies. Ecuador was supposed to introduce the resolution. But U.S. opposed it. The New York Times reports that the U.S. threatened to punish Ecuador with harsh trade measures and to withdraw military aid. So Ecuador backed out, as well as other countries that were afraid of American reprisals. Finally, Russia stepped in and introduced the resolution. It passed with some minor modifications.
“Sorry to Bother You” is a surreal comedy set in the near future in Oakland. Lakeith Stanfield plays a telemarketer who becomes successful after he begins using a “white voice” on his calls. Stanfield talks about why the script spoke to him.
Actor Lakeith Stanfield at KCRW. Photo by Amy Ta.
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