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Nicki may not have won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2017 BET Awards, but she appears happy as hell to have received the key to her hometown of Queens on Monday. “This is a #MajorKeyAlert,” she tweeted Monday evening. “I just got the #KeyToTheCity #ProudQueensGirl.” The award was presented to Minaj by Queens president Melinda Katz for her “outstanding career achievements in music,” just before her performance with 2 Chainz at the first-ever NBA Awards.

Another Emmett Till memorial was defaced in Money, Mississippi, reports CBS News. The sign, which was placed on the Mississippi Freedom Trail in 2011, was found scratched and peeled according to Allan Hammonds, “whose public relations firm made the marker,” according to CBS. Students of St. Louis temporarily fixed the memorial by adorning it with writings and drawings of Till, who was kidnapped and lynched in 1959. Last year, 40 bullet holes were found in an Emmett Till sign in Tallahatchie County, not far from where his body was discovered in 1955.

Big Facts

Democratic and Republican senators are standing together in opposition of the Senate healthcare bill, which they say is “fatally flawed and doesn’t deserve a vote,” according to New York Daily News. Though GOP leaders were hoping to see the bill voted upon before July 4, “there’s no way on God’s Earth that this bill should be passed this week,” Sen. Bernie Sanders reportedly told NBC News’ Meet the Press. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the bill “devastating to the middle class” while talking to the folks at ABC News’ This Week, while Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said on Meet the Press, “There’s no way we should be voting on this next week. No way.” Read more about concerns regarding the healthcare bill here.

Big Lies

Remember when Trump asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election? Nah? Well he basically did, though White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he was just “joking” on Monday. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said in July 2016, later telling NBC’s Katy Tur, “That a person in our government, Katy, would delete or get rid of 33,000 emails. That gives me a big problem. After she gets a subpoena. She gets subpoenaed, and she gets rid of 33,000 emails. That gives me a problem. Now, if Russia or China or any other country has those emails, I mean to be honest with you, I’d love to see them.”

Enter Spicer, who in the same vein as the Trump campaign said on Monday, “He was joking at the time. We all know that.” As CNN notes, the revisited interest in Trump’s comments during the 2016 campaign comes after Trump’s accusing Obama of collusion on Monday morning.

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