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Members of Congress Call on FIFA to Raise Women’s Soccer Wages

leonid4210/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — At least two members of Congress are calling on equal pay for female soccer players following the US Women’s National Team’s commanding World Cup win Sunday night.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) penned a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter Monday calling on the embattled FIFA leader to raise payouts for female soccer players.

Despite the 5-2 victory of Japan -– the most-watched soccer match in U.S. television history -— the winners will be paid just $2 million, four times less than a men’s team bounced from the first round of the men’s tournament, Maloney noted.

“This year’s World Cup proved that women playing soccer can inspire a country and bring a crowd to its feet just as men can,” wrote Maloney. “But women will never achieve equality in the sport if FIFA itself discriminates against them.”

According to Politico, the total payout for the Women’s World Cup was $15 million, or roughly 40 times less than the men’s World Cup payout of $576 million in 2014 -– when the German men’s national team netted $35 million.

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, also tweeted her support for equal athlete pay.

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Gilmore to Run for President, Announce in August

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former Virginia governor and unsuccessful 2008 presidential candidate Jim Gilmore plans to announce a presidential run the first week of August, aide and spokesman Dick Leggitt told ABC News on Tuesday.

The announcement is timed with the week of the first GOP presidential debate, which Fox News will hold on Aug. 6.

Gilmore would face steep odds to qualify, even if pollsters included him in time.

Gilmore has been making trips to New Hampshire and will run out of concerns about U.S. military strength, Leggitt said.

There are currently 14 Republicans are running for president.

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Hillary Clinton Speaks Out About Donald Trump’s Immigration Comments

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton took a swipe at Donald Trump on Tuesday, adding her voice of disapproval to the chorus of critics against the Republican presidential candidate’s recent remarks about Mexican immigrants.

“I’m very disappointed in those comments,” she told CNN. “I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and with the Republican Party for not responding immediately and saying, ‘Enough! Stop it!’”

Some Republican presidential hopefuls, including Rick Perry and Jeb Bush, have since distanced themselves from Trump’s comments. But others, like Ted Cruz, have expressed support for Trump.

In Trump’s announcement speech, real estate mogul lashed out at immigrants from Mexico, calling them “rapists” and “drug dealers” while saying that “some, I assume, are good people.”

Clinton, who is leading in the polls among those seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, then pointed to the views of other Republican nominees on immigration.

“They are on a spectrum of hostility, which I think is regrettable in a nation of immigrants like ours,” she said. “We shouldn’t be stopping people from having the opportunity to be fully integrated legally within our country. It’s good for us.”

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Hillary Clinton Speaks Out About Donald Trump’s Immigration Comments

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton took a swipe at Donald Trump on Tuesday, adding her voice of disapproval to the chorus of critics against the Republican presidential candidate’s recent remarks about Mexican immigrants.

“I’m very disappointed in those comments,” she told CNN. “I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and with the Republican Party for not responding immediately and saying, ‘Enough! Stop it!’”

Some Republican presidential hopefuls, including Rick Perry and Jeb Bush, have since distanced themselves from Trump’s comments. But others, like Ted Cruz, have expressed support for Trump.

In Trump’s announcement speech, real estate mogul lashed out at immigrants from Mexico, calling them “rapists” and “drug dealers” while saying that “some, I assume, are good people.”

Clinton, who is leading in the polls among those seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, then pointed to the views of other Republican nominees on immigration.

“They are on a spectrum of hostility, which I think is regrettable in a nation of immigrants like ours,” she said. “We shouldn’t be stopping people from having the opportunity to be fully integrated legally within our country. It’s good for us.”

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Another Deadline Passes on Iran Nuke Talks

Photo by Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The White House has not committed to a new deadline for reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, as negotiations continue to drag on Vienna.

Both the June 30 and July 7 deadlines have now past.

In a briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters those deadlines “have allowed us to make some important progress.”

Earnest added, “the fact is there are still some obstacles that continue to remain despite the fact that we’ve gone past a couple of deadlines now.”

Earnest left things open-ended, saying that talks will continue so long as conversations continue to be productive. “If we’re unable to reach an agreement, then Secretary Kerry and Secretary Moniz and the rest of the negotiating team will come back home,” he said.

Though July 9 has been identified as a drop dead date for a deal to avoid giving Congress an extra 30 days to review it, Earnest brushed off the concern since Congress would theoretically be away for more than 30 days of a 60-day review period for their August recess.

“The 60 day review period may require additional delay, but it doesn’t ensure additional scrutiny,” Earnest said. However, he noted that the White House would “welcome additional scrutiny” if a deal is reached.

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PGA Announces its Moving Grand Slam From Trump National Course

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — The Professional Golfers Association has announced that it will move its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf event from a Trump course in Los Angeles amidst the controversy surrounding Donald trump and the comments he made about illegal immigrants.

In a statement the PGA said, “The PGA of America met with Donald J. Trump yesterday and the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National — Los Angeles.”

Trump, who recently announced he would be running for the Republican presidential nomination, made controversial remarks about Mexicans and illegal immigrants. His campaign acknowledges that the PGA’s decision was caused by the controversy.

A statement released by the Trump campaign said, “Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf.”

Mr. Trump said, “I have great respect for the PGA of America and everything they stand for. This also allows me the time to rebuild the golf course in Los Angeles, fronting the Pacific Ocean and considered to be one of the finest parcels of land anywhere in the United States, into the course I always wanted it to be.”

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PGA Announces its Moving Grand Slam From Trump National Course

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — The Professional Golfers Association has announced that it will move its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf event from a Trump course in Los Angeles amidst the controversy surrounding Donald trump and the comments he made about illegal immigrants.

In a statement the PGA said, “The PGA of America met with Donald J. Trump yesterday and the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National — Los Angeles.”

Trump, who recently announced he would be running for the Republican presidential nomination, made controversial remarks about Mexicans and illegal immigrants. His campaign acknowledges that the PGA’s decision was caused by the controversy.

A statement released by the Trump campaign said, “Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf.”

Mr. Trump said, “I have great respect for the PGA of America and everything they stand for. This also allows me the time to rebuild the golf course in Los Angeles, fronting the Pacific Ocean and considered to be one of the finest parcels of land anywhere in the United States, into the course I always wanted it to be.”

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PGA Announces its Moving Grand Slam From Trump National Course

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — The Professional Golfers Association has announced that it will move its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf event from a Trump course in Los Angeles amidst the controversy surrounding Donald trump and the comments he made about illegal immigrants.

In a statement the PGA said, “The PGA of America met with Donald J. Trump yesterday and the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National — Los Angeles.”

Trump, who recently announced he would be running for the Republican presidential nomination, made controversial remarks about Mexicans and illegal immigrants. His campaign acknowledges that the PGA’s decision was caused by the controversy.

A statement released by the Trump campaign said, “Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf.”

Mr. Trump said, “I have great respect for the PGA of America and everything they stand for. This also allows me the time to rebuild the golf course in Los Angeles, fronting the Pacific Ocean and considered to be one of the finest parcels of land anywhere in the United States, into the course I always wanted it to be.”

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White House Takes Executive Action on Solar Energy

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration is taking new steps to make solar energy more accessible to low-income Americans.

While solar power has become an increasingly cost-efficient alternative to traditional source of energy in recent years, the White House says solar power has remained largely out of reach for many low-income Americans who would stand to benefit the most from the cost-savings.

So, through a series of executive actions, the administration is upping a previously set goal threefold to make solar energy available to more low-income Americans by 2020 and is also setting up a program to help low-income households and renters find out how to go solar, while also making it easier to get a loan to invest in the necessary panels.

On a call with reporters, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) applauded the administration’s efforts as a win-win for the environment and for low-income Americans.

“I cannot tell you the number of calls I get in my office from constituents who have to make choices about which bills they’ll pay each month, and those choices can mean having their electricity cut off,” Cummings said. “Solar energy not only serves planet by reducing pollution and battling climate change, it also serves people by lowering their energy bills.”

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Carter Says Raqqa Airstrikes Aimed at Preventing ISIS Response to Kurdish Advance

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian hold a press conference at the Pentagon, July 6, 2015. (DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett)(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday that the large number of airstrikes north of Raqqa over the July 4th weekend were designed to prevent ISIS from attacking Syrian Kurdish forces moving near the city.

Carter made the comments at an on-camera briefing at the Pentagon with visiting French Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian.

“We are doing more in Syria from the air. I think you saw some of that in recent days. And the opportunity to do that effectively is provided in the case of the last few days by the effective action on the ground of Kurdish forces, which gives us the opportunity to support them tactically,” he said.

Carter explained that the airstrikes were to “limit ISIL’s freedom of movement and ability to counter those capable Kurdish forces.”

He spoke also of the effectiveness of the Kurdish forces that are currently about 30 miles north Raqqa, which is ISIS’s de facto capital in Syria.

Carter described the airstrikes as “tactical opportunities” aiming at ISIS’s freedom of movement and “its ability to counter the advances of the YPG.”

He added, “When there are effective local forces on the ground that we can support and enable so that they can take territory, hold territory and make sure that good governance comes in behind it.” “So we are looking for those opportunities and trying to create those opportunities in Syria. And that — but it’s the success on the ground that occurs that explains the uptick over the last few days.”

The Kurds “nominate” targets “we validate those targets, including validating that there won’t be damage to innocent civilians associated with strike, and then we take the strike.”

Le Drian said that for now the French will continue to conduct airstrikes only in Iraq where they have stopped ISIS advances. He said coalition airstrikes will also continue to target ISIS leaders in airstrikes if needed, including Omar al Baghdadi. “If we had an opportunity to go after Baghdadi, that opportunity presented itself and we looked for the opportunity, we would certainly take it,” said Carter.

Le Drian also said the Greece referendum would not impact that country’s participation in NATO, saying “It would be a very bad analysis to think that the vote in Greece is against NATO. It was never mentioned on either side.”

He also noted Greece’s strong participation in the alliance and said the referendum was “not at all a vote against the alliance or the West. They have refused financial proposals that have been given to them, discussions to restart. It is not a vote to get out of Europe nor to get out of Europe for political affirmation, and there will be new discussions.”

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