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A glorious month for Taurus, June horoscopes



"Taurus", plate 17 in Urania's Mirror, a set of celestial cards accompanied by A familiar treatise on astronomy ... by Jehoshaphat Aspin. London. Astronomical chart, 1 print on layered paper board : etching, hand-colored.

Capricorn 12/22 -1/19

The tides are shifting in your favor, dear Capricorn. As the jovial giant Jupiter goes direct on June 9th you will begin to ride the waves of change. The lense that other people choose to see you is that of a receptive and thoughtful leader. Like the capricious sea-goat that you are, you balance well with Taurus, a fellow earth sign. Venus enters Taurus on June 6th, so bring out your influential capacities and exude your powers to the fullest.

Aquarius 1/20–2/18

June will be a serene month for you, Aquarius. A fun-loving time to enjoy mother earth and the great outdoors. Your masculine (outgoing) and fixed (stable/persistent) qualities will be put to wonderful use if you channel your energy accordingly. Libra is your sister sign, and the biggest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, enters Libra on June 9th. This can electrically charge your psyche. It would be wise to embrace your powers of: idealism, friendship and intellect.

Pisces 2/19–3/20

You are an unrestrained body of water, dear Pisces. On the outside you look inviting and harmless, but if someone gets on your bad side they should be prepared for a treacherous undertow to carry them away. You are ruled by Neptune, God of the Sea and Jupiter, King of the gods. You are the final sign in the zodiacal cycle. Prepare for emotions to get shaken and stirred as Mars enters Cancer on June 4th. Your ruling planet, Jupiter, goes direct in Libra on June 9th, this is a game-changer.

Aries 3/21–4/19

Your ruling planet, Mars, enters Cancer on June 4th. This can awaken your inner dragon that lays dormant along that ol’ country road. Beware, for this alignment can cause your emotions to become fiery. Rather than burning down a town — why don’t you mellow and roast some marsh. If you can control your tongue you won’t have to ask for forgiveness later. Your energy runs hot and you are a natural born leader yet you are about to enter a predominantly water-based month, so balance is the key. With just enough heat and water, things can get steamy (find some vegetables).

Taurus 4/20–5/20

This will be an especially glorious month for you, Taurus. Your governing sign, Venus (planet and Goddess of beauty and love) will enter your sign on June 6th. You may start to feel extraordinary, sexy, beaming, and on top of your game — all aspects which will circumnavigate the concept of love. You’re giving, grounded, and stable — so spread your gift on planet Earth when friends and family may seem dazed and confused. It may seem that while you get wiser, all those other signs stay the same age.

Gemini 5/21–6/21

Happy birthday, Gemini! Your ruling planet, Mercury (messenger of the Gods) enters Cancer on June 6th. Get some soap by the ready, and prepare to get your hands extra dirty as you whip out the twins (Castor and Pollux). This is a month to get in some light-hearted trouble, after all it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Your wit and banter are unmatched this lunar cycle so feel free to ask for what you want; the hardest part will be to actually decipher what that is and figuring out what to do with it. Wish big or go home.

Cancer 6/22–7/22

Your birthday cycle starts at the end of the month. So by the time you’re reading this, this page may have coffee grounds embedded in the pulp. Zing! Yet, the cosmos told me to genuinely wish you a happy birthday. If you didn’t know it already, your sign is highly influenced by the waxing and waning of our nearest satellite, the Moon. The Moon enters Sagittarius on June 9th (Full Moon) and your sign on June 23rd (New Moon). The waxing and waning of the moon is like a stop light. The time to receive (red) is June 9th, and the time to plant your ideas (green) and come out of your shell is June 23rd.

Leo 7/23–8/22

Roar! The Full Moon on June 9th happens in fellow fire sign Sagittarius. Set the world ablaze as you trip the light fantastic into the summer nights. The Full Moon is a time of receiving. So reap what you’ve sewn at the beginning of the month. If you’re empty-handed then your farming skills are bollocks. Paint your thumb green and pat yourself on the back. Your ruling celestial object, the Sun, enters emotional Cancer on June 21st, so soak in the rays. Make sure to use proper skin care equipment, I cannot be held liable for any sunburns or worse, covfefe. If life hands you covfefe, make covfefemonade.

Virgo 8/23–9/22

Ah, Virgo. You are an earth sign governed by Mercury, messenger of the Gods. Venus enters fellow earth sign Taurus on June 6th while your ruling planet enters Cancer on June 6th. So what the heck does that mean? It means if you don’t play the hell out of the cards that life handed you, then you’re going to be sitting on a pile of covfefe. So for everyones sake and for the love of the Gods, learn how to sail and get your ship together, Francis. Afterall, ships were not built to sit safely in the harbor. You’re very compatible with water signs, and the end of the month can be a great time to harness your feminine powers to properly receive the elixir of life.

Libra 9/23–10/22

Your ruling sign Venus (planet and Goddess of beauty and love) enters Taurus on June 6th, so prepare to get an extra ‘oomph’ in your step. The new pep can lead you to unexpected opportunities as you trip the light fantastic. Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system goes direct in Libra on June 9th, so prepare for a cosmic makeover. Your adept social skills and outgoing nature will help you to lasso the ship out of a harbort; enabling you to steer the rudder of your life in any direction you choose.

Scorpio 10/23–11/21

Your ruling celestial object, Mars (God and planet of war) enters fellow water sign Cancer on June 4th. This alignment has the magical ability to either create life, mud, or covfefe. The right balance can make you feel like the puzzle of your life is finally coming together piece by piece. June 9th is also an especially favorable day, the Moon will be fully illuminated in Sagittarius so rewards are likely to come your way around this time. Control is your forte, so master your mind, and your problems will likely go away.

Sagittarius 11/22–12/21

Your ruling planet, Jupiter, starts going direct in Libra on June 9th. This is a big deal because Jupiter is so massive that many moons, and asteroids have been sucked into its gravitational pull. The Great Red Spot (a hurricane-like storm) on Jupiter is so big that it could fit three Earth’s. Yet, that spot is a fractional size of the mighty planet. A definite change is coming, whether that be in your energy, demeanor, or mindset. This is a time to steer your shoes any direction you choose. A definite tilt will happen on June 21st, the Summer Solstice, enjoy. If you don’t imbibe in this cosmic energy, prepare to have an evil apparition visit you in your dreams. Sleep tight and don’t let the covfefe bite.

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Trump is considering firing special counsel Mueller, friend says



WASHINGTON — A friend of the president says Donald Trump is considering “terminating” special counsel Robert Mueller.

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy tells Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour”: “I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he’s weighing that option.”

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about Ruddy’s claims.

Under current Justice Department regulations, such a firing would have to be done by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ deputy, Rod Rosenstein, not the president— though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

Mueller is leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and potential ties between Moscow and Trump’s presidential campaign. Sessions has recused himself from the investigation.

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Puerto Rico votes for statehood, opponents boycott the vote



SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the U.S. territory overwhelmingly chose statehood on Sunday in a nonbinding referendum held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland.

Nearly half a million votes were cast for statehood, about 7,600 for free association/independence and nearly 6,700 for the current territorial status, according to preliminary results. Voter turnout was just 23 percent, leading opponents to question the validity of a vote that several political parties had urged their supporters to boycott.

And the U.S. Congress has final say in any changes to Puerto Rico’s political status.

But that didn’t stop Gov. Pedro Rossello from vowing to push ahead with his administration’s quest to make the island the 51st U.S. state and declaring that “Puerto Rico voted for statehood.” He said he would create a commission to ensure that Congress validate the referendum’s results.

“In any democracy, the expressed will of the majority that participates in the electoral processes always prevails,” Rossello said. “It would be highly contradictory for Washington to demand democracy in other parts of the world, and not respond to the legitimate right to self-determination that was exercised today in the American territory of Puerto Rico.”

It was the lowest level of participation in any election in Puerto Rico since 1967, according to Carlos Vargas Ramos, an associate with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York. He also said that even among voters who supported statehood, turnout was lower this year compared with the last referendum in 2012.

“Supporters of statehood did not seem enthusiastic about this plebiscite as they were five years ago,” he said.

Puerto Rico’s main opposition party rejected the pro-statehood result.

“The scant participation … sends a clear message,” said Anibal Jose Torres, a party member. “The people rejected it by boycotting an inconsequential event.”

The referendum coincides with the 100th anniversary of the United States granting U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans, though they are barred from voting in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

Among those hoping Puerto Rico will become a state is Jose Alvarez, a 61-year-old businessman.

“Now is the moment to do it,” he said. “We’ve spent a lot of years working on a socioeconomic model that has not necessarily given us the answer.”

Many believe the island’s territorial status has contributed to its 10-year economic recession, which has prompted nearly half a million Puerto Ricans to flee to the U.S. mainland and was largely sparked by decades of heavy borrowing and the elimination of federal tax incentives.

Puerto Rico is exempt from the U.S. federal income tax, but it still pays Social Security and Medicare and local taxes and receives less federal funding than U.S. states.

Those inequalities and the ongoing crisis prompted 66-year-old Maria Quinones to vote for the first time in such a referendum, the fifth on Puerto Rico’s status.

“We have to vote because things are not going well,” she said. “If we were a state, we would have the same rights.”

Quinones said many of her relatives are among the nearly half a million Puerto Ricans who have moved to the U.S. mainland in the past decade to find a more affordable cost of living or jobs as the island of 3.4 million people struggles with a 12 percent unemployment rate.

Those who remain behind have been hit with new taxes and higher utility bills on an island where food is 22 percent more expensive than the U.S. mainland and public services are 64 percent more expensive.

Those who oppose statehood worry the island will lose its cultural identity and warn that Puerto Rico will struggle even more financially because it will be forced to pay millions of dollars in federal taxes.

“The cost of statehood on the pocketbook of every citizen, every business, every industry will be devastating,” Carlos Delegado, secretary of the opposition Popular Democratic Party, told The Associated Press. “Whatever we might receive in additional federal funds will be cancelled by the amount of taxes the island will have to pay.”

His party also has noted that the U.S. Justice Department has not backed the referendum.

A department spokesman told the AP that the agency has not reviewed or approved the ballot’s language. Federal officials in April rejected an original version, in part because it did not offer the territory’s current status as an option. The Rossello administration added it and sent the ballot back for review, but the department said it needed more time and asked that the vote be postponed, which it wasn’t.

No clear majority emerged in the first three referendums on status, with voters almost evenly divided between statehood and the status quo. During the last referendum in 2012, 54 percent said they wanted a status change. Sixty-one percent who answered a second question said they favored statehood, but nearly half a million voters left that question blank, leading many to claim the results weren’t legitimate.

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Cyptic Trump counterpunches Comey, says ‘100 percent’ willing to testify, no word on tapes



WASHINGTON — Punching back a day after his fired FBI director’s damaging testimony, President Donald Trump on Friday accused James Comey of lying to Congress and said he was “100 percent” willing to testify under oath about their conversations.

Trump cryptically refused to say whether those private exchanges were taped — a matter at the heart of the conflicting accounts of what passed between them at a time when Comey was leading an FBI investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election and its ties to the Trump campaign.

He asserted that nothing in Comey’s testimony to the Senate pointed to collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice. “Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction,” Trump said.

He further denied ever asking Comey for his “loyalty,” contradicting Comey’s detailed sworn testimony about a private dinner the two men had in the White House.

“No I didn’t say that,” Trump stated abruptly, taking questions at a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden. Asked if he would make that denial under oath, he said, “100 percent.”

Trump’s aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russia investigation have been recorded, and so did the president, in series of teases.

“Well, I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future,” Trump said. Pressed on the issue, he insisted he wasn’t “hinting anything,” before adding, “Oh you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry.”

The House intelligence committee sent a letter Friday asking White House counsel Don McGahn whether any tape recordings or memos of Comey’s conversations with the president exist now or had existed in the past. The committee also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos in his possession about the discussions he had with Trump before being abruptly fired last month. The committee is seeking the materials by June 23.

Comey told the Senate intelligence committee Thursday about several one-on-one interactions with the president, during which he said Trump pressed him to show “loyalty,” to back off on the FBI investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and to disclose that Trump himself was not under investigation.

Comey said he refused on all points, told senators of the detailed memos he had written after his conversations with Trump and said he hoped those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity.

Standing with the president of Romania, a NATO partner, Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance’s mutual defense pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at NATO’s gathering in Belgium last month. On Friday he said he was “committing the United States to Article 5.”

He also accused Qatar, a key U.S. military partner, of funding terrorism “at a very high level,” and said solving the problem in the tiny Persian Gulf nation could be “the beginning of the end of terrorism.” It was a forceful endorsement of this week’s move by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to cut off ties to Qatar, but a very different message from the one delivered just an hour before by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson had called on the Arab nations to immediately ease their blockade on Qatar.

Trump also saluted the United States’ relationship with Romania and praised its contribution to the global fight against terror.

The president had previewed his attacks against Comey in an early-morning tweet that broke his previous day’s silence on his favorite social media megaphone.

“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication,” Trump wrote. It was a stunning accusation, suggesting that the former FBI director had lied to Congress, while under oath.

He also seized on Comey’s revelation that he had directed a friend to release contents of memos he’d written documenting his conversations with the president to a reporter.

“. . . and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” Trump wrote at 6:10 a.m. He derisively repeated the “leaker” moniker when speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden.

Trump’s private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey’s admission that he had orchestrated the public release of the information. Kasowitz is expected to file a complaint with the Justice Department inspector general next week, according to a person close to the legal team who agreed to speak before the filing on condition that the person’s name is not used.

Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, and Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, both said Thursday they believed Comey’s account of the events.

“And I think you saw today the overwhelming majority of the intel members, Democrats and Republicans, feel that Jim Comey is credible. Even folks who have been his critics don’t question his integrity, his commitment to the rule of law and his intelligence,” Warner said.

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