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US ELECTION: President Obama Takes On Trump Candidacy

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  • Obama takes on Trump.

President Obama took sharp swipes at Mr. Trump on Sunday during his commencement address at Rutgers University. It could be the beginning of a forceful effort to help elect a Democratic successor.

Eight years ago, Mr. Obama was an antiwar candidate, but he has now been at war longer than any other U.S. President.

  • The transgender debate.

Breaking from her party, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami Republican, will appear today in an ad for SAVE, an advocacy group for gay and transgender rights. She’ll be joined by her husband and her transgender son.

Conservatives have called the Obama administration’s directive on school bathrooms an illegal overreach, while advocates for transgender rights are hailing it as a breakthrough.

  • Battleground: Syria.

Al Qaeda is getting help in northern Syria from top operatives from the tribal areas of Pakistan. It signals an effort by the group to challenge the Islamic State group in the Mideast.

Foreign ministers, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia, are meeting this week  to try to restart the collapsed peace negotiations.

  • Brazil’s ousted leader isn’t alone.

By one count, more than half of the 594 members of the country’s legislature face Legal challenges, including accusations of murder and drug trafficking.

The decline of the impeached president, Dilma Rousseff, and two other female South American Leaders, points to a persistence of macho attitudes in the region’s political establishment.

  • Maoist anniversary.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the start of China’s cultural revolution, a decade-long upheaval that had drastic, often violent effects across the country.

We tell the story of one son who is still awaiting answers on his father’s death.

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