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The Week provides a compelling and entertaining summary of the most interesting stories from the past seven days – and what everybody said about them.
Normally it looks from Wednesday onwards for seven days, but here on Some View on the world, we are going to present the coverage now from Monday to Sunday, like for the other Newspapers.
Therefore for today a shorter version, just ending the 4th week of June:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal of the multimillion-dollar verdict against the maker of Roundup weedkiller for not warning about its cancer risks. The decision lets stand a $25 million judgment in favor of Edwin Hardeman of California, who said he got cancer from years of using Roundup to control poison oak and weeds. Bayer, which inherited responsibility for Roundup when it acquired Monsanto in 2018, had appealed the verdict in hopes of blocking thousands of Roundup lawsuits similar to Hardeman’s. The Environmental Protection Agency says Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, isn’t likely to cause cancer in humans, but California adopted stricter labeling requirements after an international research group in 2015 classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic.” [The Wall Street Journal, ABC News]
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday thatarecession is possible but unlikely. He said the central bank is committed to bringing down high inflation, which hit a four-decade high of 8.6 percent in May, through interest-rate hikes and other measures. “We need to get inflation back down to 2 percent,” Powell said. “We’re using our tools to do that.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said the Fed shouldn’t raise borrowing costs so high it sparks mass layoffs while supply-chain problems continue to push prices higher. “You know what’s worse than high inflation and low unemployment?” Warren said. “It’s high inflation and a recession with millions of people out of work.” [NPR]
A federal judge on Wednesday postponed the trial of five Proud Boys leaders charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Prosecutors and defense attorneys jointly asked for the delay to keep the trial and the work of the House committee investigating the attack from interfering with each other. Judge Tim Kelly put off the start of jury selection until Dec. 12, and possibly after the holidays. He said the need to push back the trial was “the first thing that all of the parties in this case have agreed on,” even though one defendant — former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio — opposes the delay. [Politico, The New York Times]
Members of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack have received a surge of threats thisweek, following the start of their public hearings, and all are expected to be assigned a security detail, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing three people involved with the investigation. The panel, which is conducting its fifth public hearing on Thursday, is focusing on the effort by then-President Donald Trump and his allies to pressure other Republicans to overturn Trump’s 2020 election loss to President Biden. Over the weekend, one of the two Republicans on the committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), warned that “there is violence in the future” after his wife received a written death threat at their home. [The Washington Post]
American Airlines announced Wednesday that it has made the “difficult decision” to stop flying to four small cities due to the “regional pilot shortage affecting the airline industry.” The carrier said it would halt service on Sept. 7 to Dubuque Regional Airport in Iowa, the Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport in Ohio, and the Long Island MacArthur and Ithaca Tompkins International airports in New York. American said it would “proactively reach out to customers scheduled to travel after this date to offer alternate arrangements.” American currently has two daily flights from each of the airports. A MacArthur Airport spokesperson said officials hope the decision “will not be permanent.” [NBC News]
The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Thursday struck down a New York law that restricted the right to carry concealed weapons in public. The decision marked a significant expansion of gun rights that could topple other gun laws and result in more armed people in U.S. cities. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority thatthe Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home. President Biden said the 6-3 ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all.” The decision came as Congress speeds toward passing bipartisan gun legislation following last month’s Texas school shooting, which left 19 children and two teachers dead. [The Associated Press]
The Senate voted 65-33 on Thursday to pass the first major bipartisan legislation to address gun violence in nearly three decades. The House plans to vote Friday — a month after the Uvalde, Texas, school massacre — and send the bill to President Biden for his signature. The $13 billion Bipartisan Safer Communities Act seeks “enhanced” background checks on gun buyers ages 18 to 21 and closes the “boyfriend loophole” to bar gun purchases by people convicted of domestic violence against a romantic partner. It also encourages states to use “red flag” laws to seize guns from people deemed a threat to themselves or others, and provides funding for community mental health programs and school security, among other provisions. [CNN, Rolling Stone]
European leaders on Thursday approved formally designating Ukraine as a candidate to join the European Union, a big early step in a years-long process toward admitting the country into the 27-nation trading bloc. Ukraine has called for quick action on its application as it struggles to defend itself against a Russian invasion that has battered its military, its population, and its economy. Moldova’s candidacy was also approved. The backing of EU leaders “is a signal to Moscow that Ukraine, and also other countries from the former Soviet Union, cannot belong to the Russian spheres of influence,” Ukraine’s ambassador to the EU, Vsevolod Chentsov, told Reuters. [Reuters]
The House Jan. 6 committee heard live testimony Thursday describing then-President Donald Trump’s push for the Justice Department to investigate his false claim thatthe 2020 election was stolen from him. Three Trump administration Justice Department officials said they faced relentless pressure to pursue baseless vote-fraud allegations. Committee members displayed a note by Richard Donoghue, the acting No. 2 official in the Trump DOJ, recording what Trump told him in a December 2020 phone call: “Just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.” Donaghue said Trump proposed making a mid-level official, Jeffrey Clark, acting attorney general to push his claims. He said he warned Trump that DOJ officials would resign in droves if he did so. [The Associated Press]
Federal investigators thisweeksearched the Virginia home of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark. Former President Donald Trump wanted to name Clark acting attorney general at the end of his term because Clark was the highest-ranking DOJ official willing to push Trump’s false claim the 2020 election was stolen from him. The search occurred Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports. A lawyer for Clark, who ran DOJ’s environmental division during the Trump administration and is now a fellow at the Center for Renewing America, did not immediately reply to theJournal‘s request for comment. Russ Vought, a Trump White House official who now leads the center, said the investigators took Clark’s electronic devices during the pre-dawn raid. [The Wall Street Journal, CNBC]
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) this week sent a letter to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, saying that if certain conditions are met, he will testify before the panel. Brooks participated in the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021, that took place immediately before the Capitol attack by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Several witnesses have told the Jan. 6 committee that before former President Donald Trump left office, Brooks asked for a presidential pardon. Earlier this week, Brooks lost Alabama’s Republican Senate primary, after Trump rescinded his endorsement and switched his allegiance to Katie Britt, a first-time candidate. [The New York Times]
The Supreme Court has issued a bombshell ruling officially eliminating the constitutional right to abortion in the United States, undoing nearly 50 years of precedent. In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday abortion is not a constitutional right and thatthe 1973 ruling guaranteeing that right, Roe v. Wade, is overturned. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and John Roberts. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote. [TheWeek, U.S. Supreme Court]
By the end of the day on Friday, Missouri, Louisiana, Kentucky, South Dakota, Alabama, Arkansas, and Utah had all announced that abortion was now illegal in the state. Abortion clinics in Texas and Wisconsin — which still has a pre-Roe ban on the books — shut down, while clinics in Oklahoma have been closed since May. Five states have delayed trigger laws that will automatically outlaw abortion in the coming weeks. Nine other states are considered likely to ban abortion. [The New York Times, CNN]
The Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, and Justice Clarence Thomas suggests several other hugely consequential rulings could be next. Thomas joined the court’s other conservative justices on Friday in eliminating the constitutional right to abortion in the United States. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion, but Thomas also wrote his own concurring opinion, in which he argues the justices “should reconsider all of this court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” adding that “we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents.” The three cases Thomas mentioned established constitutional rights to contraception, gay sex, and same-sex marriage. [The Hill, TheWeek]
President Biden said Friday that abortion rights are “on the ballot” in the midterm elections after the constitutional right to abortion was officially eliminated by the U.S. Supreme Court. Biden delivered remarks from the White House after the Supreme Court in a landmark ruling overturned Roe v. Wade, ending Americans’ constitutional right to abortion access after nearly 50 years. “It’s a sad day for the court and for the country,” Biden said, calling the ruling a “tragic error” that means the “health and life of women in this nation is now at risk.” [TheWeek]
Former President Donald Trump said Friday thatthe Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, was “the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation” and was “only made possible” by his three Supreme Court appointees. Privately, however, Trump has expressed concerns about the decision’s political consequences. Two of Trump’s advisors said the former president favors limiting abortion rather than banning it and has complained thata too-zealous crackdown on abortion rights could hurt Republicans in the suburbs. “He is convinced it won’t help him in the future,” one advisor said of Trump’s response to theDobbs decision. [The Washington Post]
The most significant piece of gun safety legislation in decades was sent to President Biden’s desk on Friday, after easily passing the House 234-193. 14 Republicans joined all Democrats in supporting the bill. The bipartisan legislation, concocted by a group of senators in response to an influx of mass shootings nationwide (including those inside an elementary school in Texas and a supermarket in Buffalo), had cleared the Senate 65-33 the night prior. The gun safety bill includes increased funding for mental health, incentives for states to pass so-called “red flag” laws, enhanced background checks, and the end of the “boyfriend loophole.” President Biden is expected to sign the bill immediately. [TheWeek, NBC News]
Two people were killed and more than 20 injured when a gunman opened fire at a gay bar in Oslo, Norway, just hours before the city’s annual gay pride parade was set to begin. The alleged gunman, whose name has not been publicly released, is reportedly a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent. Oslo police are treating the mass shooting as an act of terrorism. “There is reason to think thatthis may be a hate crime,” police said. “We are investigating whether the Pride was a target in itself or whether there are other motives.” [The New York Post, Reuters]
Ukrainian forces are withdrawing from the city of Sievierodonetsk, a regional official said Friday, bringing Russia one step closer to total control of Luhansk Oblast. Luhansk Gov. Serhiy Haidai said the city’s infrastructure had been “completely destroyed” and that it “makes no sense to stay.” Russia’s next major objective is likely to be Lysychansk, the twin city of Sievierodonetsk located on the opposite side of the Siverskyi Donets River. Russian forces are reportedly attempting to approach Lysychansk from the south rather than launching a costly frontal assault across the river. [CNN, The Associated Press]
President Biden on Saturday signed the major federal gun control bill in 30 years into law. “God willing, it’s going to save a lot of lives,” Biden said after signing the bill. He also said the Supreme Court “has made some terrible decisions,” alluding to the court’s ruling on Thursday that Americans have the right to carry handguns for self-defense and to its Friday decision overturning Roe v. Wade. The gun control bill, which passed the Senate with the support of 15 Republicans and all 50 Democrats, encourages states to pass “red flag” laws, closes a loophole that allowed some abusive romantic partners to purchase firearms, and directs billions of dollars to mental health services. [CBS News, Reuters]
Ukrainian military intelligence accused Russian of attempting to “drag Belarus into the war” after Russian military aircraft fired missiles into Ukraine from Belarussian airspace on Saturday. These attacks, which were carried out by Tu-22M3 jet bombers, reportedly mark the first time since the war began that Russian warplanes have fired missiles from within the borders of Belarus. Russian forces used Belarus as a staging ground for their invasion of Ukraine, but no Belarussian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine. [The Associated Press, Fox News]
A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world.
We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".
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