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Jun 23, 6:15 AM EDT

10 Things to Know for Today

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WHO IS STAKING IT ALL ON THE HEALTH CARE BILL

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made himself practically the sole arbiter of the bill and will be largely responsible for the outcome, whether it's a win, a loss or a win that turns into a loss over time.

2. QATAR'S NEIGHBORS ISSUE PUNITIVE DEMANDS INCLUDING SHUTTERING AL-JAZEERA

Kuwait has given the embattled Gulf nation a list, obtained by the AP, from Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that also include severing all ties with Iran, immediately closing Turkey's military base in Qatar and ending military cooperation with the NATO member.

3. SUPREME COURT COULD REVEAL TRAVEL BAN DECISION ANY TIME

The Supreme Court has almost certainly decided what to do about President Donald Trump's travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries.

4. WHO'S CALLING ITSELF 'BIGGEST VICTIM' AFTER DETAINED AMERICAN'S DEATH

In its first comments about Otto Warmbier since he died in Ohio, North Korea defends its treatment of its former detainee while saying it had "no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal."

5. WHY THERE WILL BE PROTESTS AT GAY PRIDE PARADES

The protesters say increasingly corporate pride celebrations prioritize the experiences of gay white men while ignoring issues facing black and brown LGBT people.

6. US JUDGE HALTS DEPORTATION OF IRAQI CHRISTIANS

The U.S. district judge halted the deportation for 14 days while he decides whether his court has jurisdiction to hear the plight of 114 Iraqis who fear torture and possible death if they are sent back to Iraq.

7. PENCE TO VISIT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY AT KEY TIME FOR RELIGIOUS RIGHT

The vice president is celebrating the anniversary of the group, which has dialed back political involvement in an effort to withdraw from partisan culture wars.

8. WHERE EVERY HOTEL ROOM IS BOOKED FOR THE SOLAR ECLIPSE

As many as 100,000 people are expected to visit the Oregon town of Madras, predicted to be one of the best viewing locations for the Aug. 21 eclipse.

9. 76ERS TAKE FULTZ WITH NO. 1 PICK; LAKERS GRAB BALL

Fultz and Ball led a record-setting run of college freshmen opting for the NBA draft.

10. MASSIVE SEQUOIA TREE IS MOVING TWO BLOCKS

The tree, sent to Idaho's capital as a seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago, is being moved Friday to make way for a hospital's expansion.

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