The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday July 13)

July 13, 2017

Here are links to the biggest stories in the world today.

Donald Trump Jr.’s emails undermine what the White House has been saying Donald Trump Jr.’s emails undermine what the White House has been saying

That may not cut it anymore. The President’s son and namesake, in a sensational revelation that significantly escalated the drama over alleged Russian election meddling incessantly battering the White House, may have provided the flames by releasing an email chain that detailed his expectations of getting Kremlin dirt on Hillary Clinton in a meeting he had with a Russian lawyer last year.

Trump defends embattled son after Fox News interview

The younger Trump is a key player in the controversy over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. According to emails released by Trump Jr., he met on June 9, 2016 with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer described to him as an emissary of the Russian government with information that was part of the country’s effort to help elect his father.

Kushner under fire for role in meeting after Trump Jr. email release

Trump Jr. agreed to meet with someone he was told was a “Russian government attorney” after receiving an email offering him “very high level and sensitive information” that would “incriminate” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to emails from publicist Rob Goldstone that Trump Jr. publicly released Tuesday.

Trump’s Russian web grows with Miss Universe links

The meeting adds four more characters to President Donald Trump’s complex web of Russian ties, a thorny issue that has dogged the President’s first months in office and has prompted formal investigations. The New York Times first reported the meeting between lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and Trump’s eldest son, who was joined by Trump’s campaign chief, Paul Manafort, and the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Former Vatican official strikes back at Pope

“I cannot accept this way of doing things,” Cardinal Gerhard Muller said in an interview with German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse. “As a bishop, [the Pope] cannot treat people in this way.”

Rare Enigma machine fetches 45,000 euros at auction

The collector who put the machine up for sale at the Artmark auction house in Bucharest, Romania, had spotted it at a flea market in the city and bought it for just 100 euros ($114). Vitally important to Nazi war efforts, the Enigma machine was used by the German military to encrypt messages into a form they believed was unbreakable.

Paris and Los Angeles set to get 2024 and 2028 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to break with tradition and award two games at once. Paris and LA are the only competitors left for 2024. But it’s been clear since early this year that the IOC is leaning toward awarding the next two games at the same time, to streamline the selection process and provide greater financial stability to the games.

Melissa Rauch reveals past miscarriage in pregnancy announcement

In guest column written for Glamour, the television actress reveals she’s “pretty much terrified” that her current pregnancy will result in a another loss, but said she hoped sharing her full story would help others.

‘See You Again’ takes YouTube top spot

Wiz Khalifa’s video “See You Again” featuring singer Charlie Puth hit nearly 2.9 billion views on YouTube on Tuesday morning, taking the top spot for most viewed video from Psy, the Korean pop star behind the previous record holder “Gangnam Style.”

Donald Trump Says His Son Is An ‘Innocent’ Victim Of ‘Witch Hunt’

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his son Donald Trump Jr. is “innocent” and news that he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer is part of “the greatest Witch Hunt in political history.” The president had released a brief statement through White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders a day earlier, calling his son “a high-quality person.”

Trump Associates Face Growing Concern And Frustration Over Donald Jr. Crisis

Fresh off one foreign trip and preparing for another, Donald Trump was enjoying a period of relative calm – until the White House was rocked by a fresh controversy over contacts between the president’s campaign and Russia.

Donald Trump Jr. Says He Didn’t Tell His Father About Meeting With Russian Lawyer

Just hours after Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out an email conversation in which he makes it clear he arranged a meeting with a Russian lawyer in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election, he was set to appear on Fox News to defend himself.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Aide To Press: We Told You Russia Was A BFD

The most ignored story of the 2016 presidential campaign is the press corps’ unwillingness to focus on Russia’s election meddling before election night, according to one of Hillary Clinton’s former top aides. After all, the circumstances that led to the accusations of collusion that continue to dog President Donald Trump were visible during the campaign itself.

Twitter Users Beg #BringBackObama As Russia Scandal Mounts

As Donald Trump Jr. defended his decision to meet with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign on Sean Hannity ‘s Fox News show on Tuesday night, folks on Twitter yearned for days gone by ― specifically the ones in which President Barack Obama was president.

Anonymous Woman’s Wonderful Act Of Kindness To 25 Firefighters Goes Viral

An anonymous woman selflessly treated a group of around 25 hungry firefighters to a meal in Southern California on Saturday. The unidentified woman secretly picked up their $355.22 tab at a Denny’s restaurant in Colton to show her appreciation for them battling a brush blaze in the nearby La Loma Hills.

Let the Games Begin – Safaricom Stadium Kasarani Looks Beautiful (PHOTOS)

135 countries are participating in the IAAF Under 18 Youth Championships. Kenya is only the second African country (after Morocco) to host it, and despite the ‘not so much’ media hype, it’s a big deal.

‘Resurrect Nkaissery or Shut Up.’ Kenyan Atheists Tell Prophet Owuor

Atheists in Kenya (AIK) are back at it again. The association, known for making sensational headlines, have now challenged Prophet Owuor to resurrect the late Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery. This comes after the popular preacher allegedly resurrected a dead woman in West Pokot Cou

Rasanga to Gumbo: ”Blame your Mother for Marrying a Poor Man”

Siaya governor Cornel Rasanga has made probably the most bizarre statement of this campaign season. Speaking about his opponent Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, Rasanga said that ”he should blame his mother for marrying a poor man, thus making him have a difficult childhood.” He was attacking Gumb

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded just broke free of Antarctica

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded – measuring about the size of Delaware and containing a volume of ice twice the size of Lake Erie – has broken free from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in northwest Antarctica, according to scientists monitoring the region.

London’s iconic black taxis are going electric

The iconic London black taxi has been reinvented in a way that could hit back at that four-letter app which shall not be named – whilst helping the environment, too. The new electric taxi, called the TX, retains the look and size of the classic design, but has a variety of features that really just make sense.

15-year-old takes over railway’s Twitter and things escalate quickly

It’s valuable to explore your career options early to get a better idea of what you want to do in life. A 15-year-old named Eddie did a work placement with Southern Rail UK to get a sense of what a career working on the railways is like and he got more than he bargained for.

Google Earth reveals hidden message from feuding neighbors

Revenge is best served via satellite. Finding little gems on Google Earth and Google Maps is a great way to explore the world from the comfort of your home. In the past, people have discovered shipwrecks, a lost forest, and even minefields.

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