The summer news cycle is traditionally a slow period as families and politicians take vacations, but that doesn't mean the world stops turning.

Indeed, the world's turning is one of the big news stories of the coming summer, as the Earth spins right into alignment with the moon and sun to create a total solar eclipse. Other stories include North Korea's claim of being "on the brink of war" with South Korea and the United States, and what might happen to the world economy as Great Britain begins the process of withdrawing from the European Union.

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We're not suggesting you forgo your trashy beach novel for a 24-hour newscast, but there are definitely a few things worth keeping your eyes on this summer.

1. Presidential impeachment
Russia. Health care. Climate change. Whether or not President Donald Trump is guilty of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors in relation to these and other issues — as required by the Constitution to initiate impeachment proceedings — talk of impeaching the president is on the rise.

A recent Politico/Morning Consult poll showed that "support for beginning impeachment proceedings among voters rose from 38 percent to 43 percent" over the previous week, said Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult's co-founder and chief research officer.

Yet only 43 percent of those supporting impeachment believe that Trump has committed an offense serious enough to meet the high constitutional standards for impeachment. A 54 percent majority simply believe that Trump has "proven he is unfit to serve and should be removed from office, regardless of whether he committed an impeachable offense or not."

This is a covfefe worth watching over the summer.


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2. Total solar eclipse
On Monday, August 21, for the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will be visible in a coast-to-coast swath of the continental United States. The entire country is planning a myriad of festivities surrounding the unusual celestial event.

If you live outside the "path of totality" but plan to travel to watch the eclipse, make your plans now; many hotels, motels and campgrounds have been booked solid for months. To see the exact path of totality and precise timing of the eclipse, just click on any location within this interactive map from NASA.

This awe-inspiring natural wonder is definitely something to keep your eyes on, but be sure to do it safely!
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3. North Korea
North Korea continues testing short-range missiles, while South Korea and the United States work together to try to keep North Korea in check. North Korea claims that it is "on the brink of war" with the two countries, and leader Kim Jong-un promises to send an even "bigger 'gift package' to the Yankees," according to the UK's Express news outlet.

Meanwhile, the Japanese navy and air force have rendezvoused with American warships and fighter jets in the Sea of Japan and are conducting combat simulation exercises.

It is impossible to predict what will happen in this part of the world in the coming months, but whatever happens is sure to have a global impact.
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4. Melania Trump
First lady and first son Melania and Barron Trump have finally moved into the White House. Mrs. Trump prepared for the move by making her mark indoors and outdoors, hiring designer Tham Kannalikham to redecorate the White House's private living areas and announcing her intention to retain her predecessor's kitchen garden.

This summer, the first lady will presumably spend time preparing for Barron to attend St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Maryland. What remains to be seen is what progress she will make in declaring a cause; it was expected that she would coordinate an anti-cyberbullying campaign, but as of this writing it is unclear whether she will pursue that topic.

Watch the East Wing this summer to see what develops. 5. Brexit
Great Britain began the formal "Brexit" process in March, notifying the European Union of its intention to withdraw from the organization. The proposed timeline of two years sets the stage for great uncertainty not only for Britain and Europe but also the United States.

The U.S. dollar is currently strong against the British pound, making British travel and imported goods more affordable for Americans. It is uncertain how long this will be the case, however. New trade agreements between Britain and the European Union may or may not result in high tariffs that more than offset the weak pound.

Pay attention to Brexit this summer, especially if you have financial interests in Britain or plan to travel there soon.
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