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Putin Orders U.S. to Cut 755 Diplomatic Employees in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that he was ordering the United States to reduce its diplomatic staff in the country by 755. In an interview with the state-owned broadcaster Russia 24, Putin said the move was in response to "illegal restrictions" imposed by the United States. Putin claimed that more than a "thousand" U.S. diplomatic employees are in Russia, but "755 will have to cease their activities in the Russian Federation." Initial reports said Putin had ordered 755 Americans out of the country, but in the interview, he said only that he had ordered a reduction in staff, without saying specifically whether all of them were American nationals. A U.S. State Department official told NBC News that the order would cut the number of diplomatic staff to 455 by Sept. 1. "This is a regrettable and uncalled-for act," the official said. "We are assessing the impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it." MSNBC contributor Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, said he didn't believe Putin's order targeted only U.S. diplomats. "When I was U.S. ambassador, we didn't have that many Americans in Russia," he said. But McFaul called the move a "major escalation" far out of proportion with the Obama administration's decision to expel 35 suspected Russian spies in December. The Russian order came days after Congress passed a new round of sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow for interfering in the United States' presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. The bill, which also included sanctions against Iran and North Korea, passed overwhelmingly in the House and the Senate, with only five dissenting votes between them. A provision in the veto-proof legislation would limit President Donald Trump's ability to unilaterally lift the sanctions. On Friday, the White House said that Trump intended to sign the legislation into law. Putin said it was unclear whether additional retaliatory measures would be taken, and he cited other areas of common interest — cyber crime, energy and aviation — as evidence that Russia and the United States can work together. Putin also said a cease-fire in southern Syria brokered by the United States, Russia and Jordan was a "concrete result of joint work." "We work and achieve results even now, even in this rather complicated situation," Putin said, again dismissing the conclusion among U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Related: Intelligence Director Says Agencies Agree on Russian Meddling "Instead of beginning to work constructively, we only hear groundless accusations of interference in the internal affairs of the United States," he said. After then-President Barack Obama expelled 35 suspected Russian spies over the interference, Putin declined to retaliate — despite being urged to so by Minister Sergei Lavrov. In a post on Twitter, the Russian Embassy in London derided Obama's move "Cold War déjà vu." "Everybody, incl [American] people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.," the post said.

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Tennessee County to Inmates: Sterilize Yourself, Get 30 Days Off Your Sentence

Forget good behavior or community service, in White County, Tennessee the quickest way to get your sentence reduce is to become sterile real quick, Per an ABC15 report. For the small price of a free vasectomy, male inmates can get a whole 30 days removed from their sentence. Not to be left out, women can also receive time off if they receive a Nexplanon implant in their arm which will prevent pregnancies for up to four years. Since the program was instituted, county officials claim 32 women have gotten the Nexplananon implant and 38 men are in line to get a vasectomy procedure performed. This controversial program was signed into being on May 15, 2017 by General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield. Benningfield’s reasoning is that drug offenders keep ending up in jail and failing to pay for child support. If they didn’t have kids, they couldn’t hurt anybody. I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, to not to be burdened with children. This gives them a chance to get on their feet and make something of themselves… I understand it won’t be entirely successful but if you reach two or three people, maybe that’s two or three kids not being born under the influence of drugs. I see it as a win, win. By contrast, District Attorney Bryant Dunaway is not at all on board with the program. He sees the potential to have several lives ruined by a rash decision made during an early stint in prison. It’s concerning to me, my office doesn’t support this order. It’s comprehensible that an 18-year-old gets this done, it can’t get reversed and then that impacts the rest of their life. On Wednesday, the ACLU released a statement on the matter expressing similar concerns: Offering a so-called ‘choice’ between jail time and coerced contraception or sterilization is unconstitutional. Such a choice violates the fundamental constitutional right to reproductive autonomy and bodily integrity by interfering with the intimate decision of whether and when to have a child, imposing an intrusive medical procedure on individuals who are not in a position to reject it. Judges play an important role in our community – overseeing individuals’ childbearing capacity should not be part of that role. It’s pretty difficult to see how any of this would be justifiable—or even indeed legal.

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Tesla’s Model 3 Arrives With a Surprise 310-Mile Range

Three hundred ten. That’s the electric range of a $44,000 version of Tesla’s Model 3, unveiled in its final form Friday night. It’s a jaw-dropping new benchmark for cheap range in an electric car, and it’s just one of several surprises Tesla had in store as it handed over the keys to its first 30 customers. Tesla has taken in more than 500,000 deposits at $1,000 a piece, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told reporters ahead of the event. This has created a daunting backlog that could take more than a year to fulfill—and that was before Musk took the stage in front of thousands of employees, owners, and reservation-holders to lift the curtain on the company’s most monumental achievement yet. “We finally have a great, affordable, electric car—that’s what this day means,” Musk said. “I’m really confident this will be the best car in this price range, hands down. Judge for yourself.” Here’s some of what Tesla disclosed at its plant in Fremont, California: Two Battery Versions Tesla has simplified the manufacturing process “dramatically,” Musk said. In the same factory space where Tesla can build 50,000 Model S or Model X cars, it will soon be able to produce 200,000 Model 3s. Part of that is due to a simplified package of options. The car comes in two battery types: standard and extended range. Here’s how they break down: Standard Battery: Price: $35,000 Range: 220 miles (EPA estimated) Supercharging rate: 130 miles in 30 minutes Zero to 60 mph time: 5.6 seconds Long Range Battery: Price: $44,000 Range: 310 miles Supercharging rate: 170 miles in 30 minutes (Same as Tesla’s Model S) Zero to 60 mph time: 5.1 seconds Only one other electric car in the world has broken the 300-mile range barrier: the most expensive versions of Tesla’s Model S, an ultra-luxury car that costs $97,500 or more. The new Model 3 has cheaper range availability than the current record holder, the $37,500 Chevy Bolt, which is outclassed in nearly every way by the Model 3.

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NICKI MINAJ IS A GLITTERY GODDESS IN NEW "YOU DA BADDEST" VIDEO WITH FUTURE

  There is nothing quite as enjoyable as watching an ever-unreal Nicki Minaj... look so damn banging she leaves nothing but destruction in her wake, so you best believe the visual for Future's latest "You Da Baddest" is a good time. The Benny Boom-directed video shows Future and Nicki living the sweet life in a (presumably) Miami-type situation, dressed to the nines and strutting down the street like they own the damn show. "You Da Baddest" is the new finale track on Future's HNDRXX — the second album he released this year. Watch Nicki shine below.      

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