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Trump unmoved by Jan. 6 violence, committee hears

“President Trump did not fail to act…he chose not to act,” Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger said during the hearing. Others familiar with his actions and whereabouts on January 6 have described Trump ignoring pleas from his children to condemn the violence on Capitol Hill. Yesterday was the last of the hearings scheduled for this summer, but more have been promised. That could be bad news for Republicans, who hope to take control of Congress midterm in November. GOP voters are increasingly swayed by the explosive testimony: Today, 40% partially blame Trump for the riot, up from 33% before the hearings began. (Source: Politico, Reuters)

Food crisis

Agree or not agree? Ukrainian grain exports are at stake

We have an agreement. According to Turkey, at least. He said an agreement will be signed today in Istanbul to ease the global grain shortage with the resumption of Ukrainian exports via the Black Sea. Ukrainian representatives are more cautious, saying a document “could be signed” during the UN-led negotiations. “We don’t trust the Russians at all. So let’s wait until tomorrow for a final decision and that there will be no pushback from Russians and last-minute changes,” Odessa MP Oleksiy Honcharenko warned. Any agreement will include a provision that Russia must observe a truce during shipping delays. (Source: BBC)


SCOTUS hands White House temporary loss on immigration

Yesterday, the court’s conservative majority ruled in favor of Louisiana and Texas, allowing a temporary freeze on the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement guidelines. According to a Texas federal judge, these guidelines would allow undocumented migrants with criminal records to be released into the community. The White House introduced the new rules nearly a year ago, reversing some of the previous administration’s more draconian approaches to immigration. The guidelines set priorities for which immigrants the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency should detain, emphasizing ‘national security, public safety and border security’ rather than the general approach of the Trump administration. (Source: NYT)

Persistent Questions

Japan grapples with the death and legacy of Shinzo Abe

An investigation into images and footage of the former prime minister’s assassination earlier this month revealed flaws in his personal security details and security gaps in the area. Experts who viewed the footage say a two-second delay between the first blow and the second fatal blow should have given security enough time to intervene. Meanwhile, a civic group has pleaded in court to ban the planned state funeral for Abe. It would be just the second state funeral for a post-war leader in Japan and critics say it could bring high praise for the controversial former prime minister. (Sources: Nikkei Asia, Kyodo)


here are some things you should know today:

He is positive. President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19. White House officials say he has mild symptoms and has been given antiviral medication. (Source: WaPo) The tragedy. At least 18 people have been killed in a police raid in the Brazilian favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Police said a law enforcement official and a local resident were killed, saying the other 16 deaths were linked to organized crime. (Source: Al Jazeera) Sorry. The BBC has apologized to Alexandra Pettifer, a former nanny to Britain’s Princes William and Harry, for alleging she had an affair with Prince Charles and terminated a pregnancy. (Source: NYT)

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New York detects first polio case since 2013

A Rockland County resident has been diagnosed, but officials stress they are no longer considered infectious. Yet they suffer from paralysis, underlining the seriousness of the disease. Americans were inoculated with inactivated vaccines — that is, those containing dead germs from the disease — after live vaccines were phased out in 2000. It is likely that this patient was infected in a country that still using the old vaccine. CDC data shows no cases of polio have emerged in the United States since 1979, but public health officials warn there’s no reason to be complacent. Make sure you get vaccinated, says New York City Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan. (Source: NPR)


Tech layoffs threaten diversity gains in the industry

Pandemic-proof platforms are feeling the economic crisis — and progress in hiring could be a victim. Years of concerted and high-profile efforts to welcome underrepresented, LGBT and non-white female workers into the industry have met with some success, but researchers warn they are likely to be the first employees out. Sarah Kaplan of the Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto warns that these groups often fill less prestigious roles that are seen as unnecessary. She says: “While companies have tried to make progress, that progress hasn’t always been in the most prestigious and best-paying fields.” (Source: wired)

Closing the curtains

The show almost didn’t last for Dave Chappelle in Minneapolis

Local venue First Avenue canceled the comedian’s Wednesday show just hours before it opened, citing backlash over his insensitive gags. “To the staff, the artists and our community, we hear you and we are sorry. We know we have to hold ourselves to the highest standards and we know we let you down,” he said in a statement. Chappelle’s brand of avant-garde comedy found itself increasingly at odds with the culture. Its 2021 Netflix special The closest was criticized by viewers and Netflix employees for his anti-trans views. Chappelle took the stage anyway on Wednesday, moving his show to another Minneapolis venue. (Source: The Week)

Dead end

FBI empty-handed once again in ongoing Jimmy Hoffa pursuit

The former Teamsters boss was not buried under the Pulaski Skyway in New Jersey, the FBI said Thursday. It is the latest in a long list of potential burial sites in the eastern half of the country, but the Bureau considers the search open. “Although we currently do not anticipate any additional activity at the site, the FBI will continue to pursue any viable leads in our efforts to locate Mr. Hoffa,” spokeswoman Mara Schneider said. Hoffa, who allegedly planned the return of the powerful Teamsters union, disappeared in Detroit in 1975 and is widely believed to have been murdered by gangsters. (Source: AP)

Podium winner

Noah Lyles sprints into history books at world track championships

The 25-year-old world champion broke the American record for the 200 meters held by Michael Johnson on Thursday at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Lyles clocked 19.31, shaving a hundredth of a second off Johnson’s record at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and smashing his personal best of 19.50. It’s a welcome return to the top for Lyles, who raced for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics last year but fell short of expectations. He said: “Today is my day and I finally got to do what I had been dreaming of for years. I have my whole family here. (Sources: USA Today, ESPN)

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