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In a passionate address to the nation yesterday, President Joe Biden called for stricter gun laws — including a ban on assault weapons, tougher background check laws and a higher minimum age of purchase if lawmakers cannot agree on an outright ban. His plea to lawmakers comes as many Americans remain rattled by the recent deadly mass shootings in Oklahoma, Texas and New York. “How much more carnage are we willing to accept?” Biden asked during his speech, demanding Republicans end their blockade of gun control votes. Both Biden and his advisers have suggested they have exhausted their options on executive action to address guns. In Congress, the House Judiciary Committee approved a wide-ranging bill that would likely pass the Democratic-controlled House but wouldn’t overcome a Republican-led filibuster in the Senate.
After 100 days of war, about 20% of Ukraine’s territory is now under Russian control, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said yesterday, adding that the Donbas region is “almost entirely destroyed.” About 800 people, including some children, are hiding in several bomb shelters underneath a chemical factory in Severodonetsk, which has been targeted by Russian missile attacks, the head of Luhansk region military administration said. Those in hiding are locals who were asked to leave the city but refused. Separately, the US military’s hacking unit confirms it has conducted offensive cyber operations in support of Ukraine and to potentially deter Russia from conducting cyberattacks against US infrastructure.
3. Tulsa shooting
The gunman who killed two doctors and two others at an Oklahoma medical building Wednesday did so after he blamed one of the physicians for causing him pain from a recent back surgery, a police chief said yesterday. Earlier that afternoon before the rampage, the shooter purchased an AR-15 style rifle used in the slaughter, city Police Chief Wendell Franklin said. He killed himself after the shooting, Franklin added. Officials also found a letter on the shooter that “made it clear that he came in with the intent to kill [the physician] and anyone who got in his way.” The Tulsa shooting is one of the 233 mass shootings in the US this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
4. January 6
During the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows received a series of urgent pleas from Republicans who believed then-President Donald Trump had the power to stop the violence. One of the key questions the House select committee is expected to raise during high-profile hearings next week is why Trump failed to publicly condemn the attack for hours, and whether that failure is proof of “dereliction of duty” and evidence that Trump tried to obstruct Congress’ certification of the 2020 election. CNN obtained the 2,319 text messages that Meadows selectively handed over to the January 6 committee in December before he stopped cooperating with the investigation.
Covid-19 shots for kids under 5 could begin in the US as soon as June 21, the White House said yesterday. The vaccination program for the youngest Americans would come more than 18 months after vaccines were first authorized for adults. Despite some reluctance from parents, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha expects “the vast majority” of kids will be vaccinated by their primary care providers. The good news, Jha said, is the US has “plenty of supply” of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to start the vaccination program for children younger than 5, and 10 million additional doses would be made available for states, pharmacies, community health centers and federal entities to order starting today.
14-year-old wins Scripps National Spelling Bee after a historic spell-off
Congratulations are in order for Harini Logan!
An opossum wanders into a bar… and gets tossed out
Watch what happens when wildlife meets nightlife. Yikes!
LeBron James is now a billionaire
It’s LeBron’s world. We’re just living in it.
A rare, 5-planet alignment will take over the sky
Calling all stargazers. Look up this weekend for a stellar sight in the night sky.
Christie’s to offer rare first edition ‘Harry Potter’ book in private sale
The auction house is inviting offers starting from $250,000. Let me guess what you’re thinking… “Maybe I have copy hidden on a shelf somewhere.”
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in Britain’s history, is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this weekend. How many years has she been on the throne?
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That’s the year Americans will stop receiving their full Social Security benefits — which help support payouts for the elderly, survivors and disabled — if lawmakers don’t act to address the pending shortfall, according to a new report released yesterday by the Social Security and Medicare trustees. Among the changes Congress could make to improve the solvency of Social Security would be to raise revenues by one-third, cut costs by one-quarter, or some combination of the two, said Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration.
“We have not yet seen how bad this energy crisis is going to get.”
— Former Obama energy adviser Jason Bordoff, on the world careening toward a 1970s-style energy crisis — or worse. Already, gasoline prices in the US have surged by 52% over the past year to record highs, angering the public and contributing to the nation’s inflation crisis. Prices for natural gas, a vital fuel for heating homes and powering the electric grid, have also nearly tripled over the past year.
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Choir surprises travelers with sky-high performance
In honor of President Biden in June as Black Music Appreciation Month, enjoy this uplifting on-board performance of “Stand By Me” sung by an outstanding group of gospel singers. (Click here to view)