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Inside Daily Brief (Jun 19th, 2019)

1. 🗽 President Trump officially kicked off his re-election campaign at a rally in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday in front of a crowd of 20,000. Trump said he would continue to fight for a border wall and talked about his efforts to place conservative judges nationwide. He referred to the Mueller probe into his 2016 election campaign as a "great hoax." Hours before the rally, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper announced it wouldn't endorse Trump, saying "enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults ... and especially the lies." -- HUFFPO

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3. 🌏 President Trump said the U.S. and China will begin trade talks before the G20 summit next week in Japan. Trump said in a tweet that he had a "very good" conversation with China's president on the phone and the two leaders would have an "extended meeting" during the summit. The U.S. and China have been involved in a trade war for the past year and most recently the U.S. raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. -- BBC 

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4. 🗽 More than 16 tons of cocaine, worth about $1 billion, were confiscated Tuesday at a Philadelphia port in one of the country's biggest drug busts ever. Authorities arrested some crew members aboard the MSC Gayane, a cargo ship that began its travels in Chile before passing by Panama and the Bahamas. The Mediterranean Shipping Co. said it was aware of reports of an incident at the port and said it was committed to working with authorities to ensure illegal practices are dealt with rapidly. -- FOX 

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5. ⚖️ Pacific Gas and Electric Co. may pay the California town of Paradise, as well as some Northern California counties, $1 billion in a settlement after a string of wildfires. The settlement covers fires started by PG&E equipment in 2015 and 2017 as well as last year's Camp Fire in Paradise. Both caused massive destruction throughout the region. A federal bankruptcy judge still must approve the settlement. -- SACRAMENTO BEE

6. 🌎 Canada has approved an oil pipeline expansion project and said government profits linked to the project will be used for clean energy. The new pipeline, near an existing one, will increase capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil a day from 300,000. It represents about $500 million in annual corporate tax revenue that will be used for clean energy projects, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. -- CNN 

7. 🌎 Permafrost in the Canadian Arctic is warming up 70 years earlier than expected, according to a team from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The observation indicates that the current climate is warmer than it has ever been in the past 5,000 years or so, one of the researchers said. Scientists worry that if permafrost thaws too quickly, it may release heat-trapping gases that could favor temperature increases. -- REUTERS 

8. 🎢 Disney World has raised the prices of its annual passes ahead of the Aug. 29 opening of a Star Wars land at its Florida park. The Platinum Plus pass for those who don't live in Florida will increase by 28 percent to $1,219, while the Florida-resident version goes up 18 percent to $999. -- THEME PARK INSIDER

9. 🎵 Countdown to summer... That lovely season begins on Friday, so to get yourself ready, have a listen to this Summer Throwback playlist. 

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This month Inside is looking at immigration in an effort to educate our readers and ourselves about this important topic. The goal is to be informative and non-partisan. Today's story reveals which nations host the most refugees. -- Adria Cimino, Inside Writer

10. 🌎 Developing countries are hosting most of the 70 million people who have been forced to leave their homes due to poverty or violence, the United Nations said Wednesday. Filippo Grandi, U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said the U.S., Europe and Australia don't have a refugee emergency. "Most of the refugees are in fact in the country next to where the war is, and unfortunately, that means mostly in poor countries or in middle-income countries," he said. The annual Global Trends report said that at least two-thirds of refugees come from Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia. -- REUTERS 

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This newsletter was curated by Adria Cimino, a Paris-based writer and reporter. Adria covered the European stock market for Bloomberg News for more than a decade and has written for Associated Press, Quartz and various newspapers in the U.S. What does she do for fun? More writing of course! She has written four novels, and you can keep up with her at her blog or on Twitter at @Adria_in_Paris

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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