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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump said he will impose a new 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods beginning in September; Republican Senator Lindsey Graham broke longstanding congressional rules to advance a complete overhaul of U.S. asylum requirements; The fathers of two American teenagers jailed in Italy over the death of a police officer arrived in Rome to support them, and more.
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1.) Escalating a trade war with no end in sight, President Donald Trump said Thursday he will impose a new 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods beginning in September.
2.) Republican Senator Lindsey Graham broke longstanding congressional rules Thursday to advance a complete overhaul of U.S. asylum requirements, a bill that would authorize the United States to detain immigrant children indefinitely.
3.) Gun manufacturer Remington Arms asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn a ruling from Connecticut’s high court allowing the company to be sued by one survivor and the families of nine victims killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
4.) The prospects of Jeffrey Epstein awaiting a sex-trafficking trial from his $77 million Upper East Side mansion were always remote, but a Second Circuit ruling Thursday dropped those odds to virtually nil.
5.) Dealing a short-term setback to the Trump administration’s plan to raise the height of one of California’s tallest dams – and inundate a scenic and protected river – a state judge barred the project’s main investor from completing a crucial environmental report.
6.) A business hoping to cash in on an untapped aquifer beneath the Mojave Desert will have to clear extra environmental reviews before it can sell the water, under legislation signed late Wednesday by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
7.) A federal judge blocked a controversial plan for a copper mine south of Tucson, Arizona, halting a decade-long process for a Canadian company that hopes to extract copper from a valuable deposit in the Santa Rita Mountains.
8.) The fathers of two American teenagers jailed in Italy over the death of a police officer arrived in Rome to support them, with one saying his son didn’t know his friend had the 7-inch, military-style knife said to have been used in the stabbing.