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President Joe Biden will arrive at the G7 summit in Italy armed with over 300 new sanctions aimed at further isolating and financially weakening Russia. The measures are “guided by G7 commitments to intensify the pressure on Russia,” according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and they mark the latest attempt to limit the Kremlin’s revenues and hamper Moscow’s ability to source materials for its war in Ukraine.U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed his frustration about Hamas submitting “numerous changes” to a U.S.-backed proposal for a cease-fire and the release of hostages in Gaza—a development that casts further doubt on the prospects of quickly securing a deal the United States hopes will bring “an enduring end” to the war. Mr. Blinken did not go into specific details about the changes, but continued to cast exclusive blame for the stalling of the deal—and the prolonging of the suffering of the people of Gaza—on the Hamas terrorist group, and not on Israel.The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a resolution holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over audio files of President Biden’s interview in his classified documents case, a move that comes just weeks after the White House blocked the release of the recording to lawmakers. The contempt action represents House Republicans’ latest and strongest rebuke of the Justice Department and of Mr. Garland’s leadership.
Hunter Biden has been convicted of all three felony charges related to the purchase of a revolver in 2018 when, prosecutors argued, the president’s son lied on a mandatory gun-purchase form by saying he was not illegally using or addicted to drugs. A sentencing date has not yet been set. The jury reached the verdict on June 11 after around three hours of deliberations.Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced more than $400 million in new humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza as he again called on Hamas to accept a cease-fire proposal that he described as the most effective way to address the humanitarian emergency in the territory. The United States' top diplomat was speaking at an emergency humanitarian aid conference in Jordan, where he also called on other nations to give more aid in support of civilians in the war-torn strip.Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima has been killed in a plane crash along with nine other passengers, the country’s President Lazarus Chakwera has announced. The aircraft went missing on Monday after it failed to land at Mzuzu International Airport, about 240 miles to the north of the capital Lilongwe. The wreckage of the plane has been located, Mr. Chakwera said in an address to the nation.
The criminal trial of President Joe Biden’s son resumed on June 10 and is heading into its final stretch as jurors hear instructions from the judge. The defense and prosecution have rested their cases and Hunter Biden did not testify. Closing arguments are expected after a lunch break. Hunter Biden is facing three felony charges related to a 2018 firearm purchase. Authorities accuse him of lying to the federally licensed gun store by illegally claiming on his application that he was not a drug user at the time of purchase and then unlawfully possessing the gun for 11 days.Israel’s dramatic weekend rescue of four hostages from the Gaza Strip, in an operation that local health officials say killed 274 Palestinians, came at a sensitive time in the 8-month-old war, as Israel and Hamas weigh a U.S. proposal for a cease-fire and the release of the remaining captives. Speaking after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Hamas was the only side that had yet to agree to President Biden's plan, which Washington says already had Israel's backing before Biden announced it on May 31.French political parties were racing to field candidates and discuss possible alliances following President Emmanuel Macron's shock decision to call a snap election after a bruising loss in Sunday's vote for the European Parliament. There is no certainty Marine Le Pen's National Rally party will end up with enough seats to run the government, after trouncing Macron's party in Sunday's European Parliament vote. Other scenarios include a wide-ranging coalition of mainstream parties.
Federal prosecutors wrapped up their gun case against Hunter Biden on June 7 with two final witnesses in their effort to prove that the president’s son lied on a mandatory gun-purchase form when he said he was not illegally using or addicted to drugs. Prosecutors called an FBI forensic chemist, Jason Brewer, who tested a residue found on the leather pouch that contained Hunter Biden’s gun. It came back positive for cocaine, though the amount was minimal, he told jurors. A Drug Enforcement Administration agent testified about text messages Hunter Biden sent to alleged dealers.President Joe Biden for the first time publicly apologized to Ukraine for a monthslong congressional holdup in American military assistance that let Russia make gains on the battlefield. President Biden met in Paris with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who appealed for bipartisan U.S. support going forward “like it was during World War II.” The meeting comes a day after the United States announced it will send about $225 million in military aid to Ukraine, in a new package that includes ammunition Kyiv’s forces could use to strike threats inside Russia to defend the city of Kharkiv from a heavy Russian assault.The Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government will have to provide more funding to Native American tribal health care programs to cover expensive overhead costs associated with billing insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid. The ruling is a victory for the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona and the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming, which had each sued over the funding.
President Joe Biden delivered remarks on June 6, commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day landings at the Normandy American Cemetery in Northwestern France. “History tells us freedom is not free. If you want to know the price of freedom, come here to Normandy,” President Biden said during a nearly three-hour ceremony honoring those killed during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The president was accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden as well as French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron.On day four of Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial in Wilmington, Delaware, defense lawyers cross-examined the firearms dealer who sold Hunter Biden the gun in 2018. Hallie Biden, the widow of Hunter Biden’s late brother, Beau, took the stand after that. The president's son is accused of illegally purchasing and possessing a gun while abusing or being addicted to drugs, a violation of federal law. He pleaded not guilty to the three charges, though he's been open about his struggles with alcohol and crack cocaine addiction. The charges were brought by special counsel David Weiss.Border authorities are already starting to deport migrants, after President Biden invoked presidential powers to stop asylum processing when arrests for illegal crossings top 2,500 in a day. The Associated Press cited two senior Homeland Security Department officials who confirmed the first deportations under the new rule took place Wednesday, though they did not say how many were deported. The officials briefed reporters on condition their names not be used in keeping with regulations.
Boeing launched astronauts for the first time on June 5, belatedly joining SpaceX as a second taxi service for NASA. A pair of NASA test pilots blasted off aboard Boeing’s Starliner capsule for the International Space Station, the first to fly the new spacecraft. The trip by Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams was expected to take 25 hours, with an arrival Thursday. They will spend just over a week at the orbiting lab before climbing back into Starliner for a remote desert touchdown in the western U.S. on June 14.Tensions are escalating on the Israel-Lebanon border as the Israeli military warned it was prepared to launch a large-scale attack in the north to deter the Iran-backed group Hezbollah. Cross-border attacks from Lebanon led to large fires blazing through Israel’s northern region this week, consuming swathes of land and leading to the evacuation of residents. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the northern city of Kiryat Shmona near the Lebanese border, saying that Israel is prepared for “very intense action” in the north.First son Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial continues in Wilmington, Delaware with Kathleen Buhle, Hunter’s ex-wife, taking the stand. Her testimony comes after the defense team cross examined the prosecutor’s first witness, FBI special agent Erika Jensen. Jensen introduced key evidence, including Hunter Biden's laptop. Both sides laid the groundwork of their case in opening statements Tuesday, as they battled over the fundamental issue at play: whether Hunter Biden purchased a gun while addicted to drugs.
Attorney General Merrick Garland pushed back on Republican lawmakers’ claims of a weaponized Justice Department on Capitol Hill on June 4 amid their threats to hold him in contempt of Congress. In his opening remarks, Garland defended the Justice Department’s work "to uphold the rule of law," and said he and the department will "not be intimidated” by what he called “unprecedented” attacks on the department. Garland has repeatedly refused to provide House impeachment investigators with the audio recordings of special counsel Robert Hur’s interviews with President Joe Biden and his ghostwriter. Those refusals led members of the Judiciary and Oversight and Accountability panels to advance contempt resolutions against him.The federal gun case for President Joe Biden’s son Hunter begins on June 4 as lawyers make their opening arguments one day after a jury was seated. Hunter Biden is facing three felony charges from a 2018 firearm purchase during a time when he was addicted to crack cocaine, according to his memoir. Authorities accuse him of lying to the federally licensed gun store by illegally claiming on his application that he was not a drug user at the time and then unlawfully possessing the gun for 11 days.Arizona would step directly into immigration enforcement by making it a state crime to cross the Arizona-Mexico border anywhere except a port of entry, under a proposal that’s up for a final vote by lawmakers on Tuesday. If approved, voters would decide in November if the measure becomes law. The measure, scheduled for a vote in the Arizona House, would let state and local police arrest people crossing the border without authorization. It also would empower state judges to order people convicted of the offense to go back to their home country.
One of the most influential U.S. officials during the COVID-19 pandemic is testified to Congress on June 3, days after one of his former advisers admitted deleting emails. Dr. Anthony Fauci, 83, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from 1984 to late 2022, sat down in front of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic in Washington to answer questions. Lawmakers asked Fauci about the growing scandal at his former agency, which centers on attempts to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a law that establishes the right of the public to obtain government information such as emails.Jury selection is set to begin this week in first son Hunter Biden’s federal gun crime case. The first round of the jury selection process began at the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware. Hunter Biden has been at the center of a series of controversies since the campaign era of the 2020 election cycle for a series of alleged personal, business, and legal failures. The trial will focus on allegedly untruthful statements that Mr. Biden made on a form to receive a firearm in 2018.Two New York City police officers were shot by a man identified by authorities as an illegal immigrant from Venezuela. Nineteen-year-old Bernardo Raul Castro-Mata was allegedly driving a scooter the wrong way when the officers tried to pull him over. While fleeing on foot, he reportedly opened fire at the officers, who returned fire. Castro-Mata is also a suspect in a series of robberies involving motorized scooters. Both officers are in stable condition and expected to recover.
Former President Donald Trump on May 31 responded to his felony conviction for falsifying business records in New York, saying the trial was “very unfair” and said his team will appeal the case. “If they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone,” he said.The Trump campaign reported a “record-shattering, small-dollar fundraising haul” of nearly $35 million by the morning after the former president was convicted on felony charges in New York City. That’s “nearly double the biggest day ever recorded for the Trump campaign on the WinRed platform,” the campaign’s statement said.Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced that he has left the Democratic Party and become an independent. “My commitment to do everything I can to bring our country together has led me to register as an independent with no party affiliation,” Manchin wrote in a post on the social media platform X, showing a picture of himself with what appeared to be a voter registration form.
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the National Rifle Association plausibly alleged that a former New York state official violated the First Amendment by pressuring insurance companies to cut ties with the gun rights organization. “A government official can share her views freely and criticize particular beliefs, and she can do so forcefully in the hopes of persuading others to follow her lead,” Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the majority opinion on May 30.Jurors entered the second day of deliberations in the trial of former President Donald Trump. Justice Juan Merchan read back portions of his instructions and some witness testimony, as requested by the jury. The jury has no set timeline to deliver their verdict, but any decision they make will need to be unanimous.The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic has requested access to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s personal email and phone records, with the panel’s chairman saying the record request relates to new evidence suggesting that Dr. Fauci used a “secret back channel” to communicate about official COVID-19 information, including possibly using his personal email account to communicate about official government business during the pandemic.
Jury deliberations began on May 29 in former President Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial, after Judge Juan Merchan gave jurors his instructions. The jury must evaluate 34 counts of falsifying business records, and there’s no time limit for the deliberations. President Trump told reporters that the charges were rigged and again accused the judge of being conflicted while saying that “Mother Teresa could not beat these charges.”President Joe Biden plans to launch a nationwide effort to mobilize black voters during a campaign rally in Philadelphia, aiming to win back support from a slice of the electorate that polls show wavering in support. Joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and a slate of black elected officials, President Biden is expected to boost his achievements while also targeting his rival, President Trump.The Biden administration on May 28 said it was closely monitoring the probe into a deadly Israeli airstrike it called beyond tragic, but that the recent deaths in Rafah didn't constitute a major operation there that crosses red lines. Asked if he was saying the recent ground operations in Rafah would not prompt a U.S. withdrawal of more military aid, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said, "I believe that's what I've been saying here."
Closing arguments began on May 28 in former President Donald Trump’s New York criminal case, with each side expected to take hours. The Manhattan district attorney has charged President Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records to the first degree, to which he has pleaded not guilty. After the day-long summations, New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan will give jurors instructions on the law, which should last an hour.President Joe Biden's campaign showed up outside the courthouse with actor Robert De Niro and a pair of former police officers in an effort to refocus the presidential race on the former president’s role in the Capitol breach. It was a sharp about-face for President Biden's team, which had largely ignored the trial since it began six weeks ago and is now looking to capitalize on its drama-filled closing moments.Powerful storms are delivering yet another round of violent weather to Texas. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport recorded a wind gust of 77 mph early Tuesday as power outages in the region started to skyrocket. More than 750,000 customers in Texas were without power and that number continued to climb, according to More than half of the outages were in Dallas County.
As many as 2,000 people are feared to have been buried by last week’s massive landslide in Papua New Guinea, according to the country’s National Disaster Centre. The landslide occurred in the mountainous Enga region in northern Papua New Guinea on Friday, and the latest missing figure is a sharp rise from earlier estimates. Rescuers have struggled to reach such a remote part of what is already one of Asia’s poorest nations, leaving locals with little choice but to dig through the collapsed mountainside with whatever tools they have.At least 21 people, including four children, are dead in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kentucky after tornadoes and severe weather struck the central United States. In Texas, winds reached an estimated 135 miles per hour. At least seven people were killed in the state, about 100 people were injured, and more than 200 homes and structures were destroyed. Powerful storms will move through Tennessee and the Ohio Valley, before heading to the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, and New York.President Joe Biden delivered his annual Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, honoring U.S. troops who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Before the speech, President Biden participated in a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It comes as he prepares to travel to Normandy, France, in two weeks, where he’s slated to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.
Judges at the United Nations' top court ordered Israel on May 24 to immediately halt its military operation against Hamas in the Southern Gazan city of Rafah, in a landmark emergency ruling in South Africa's case accusing Israel of genocide. However, the International Court of Justice did not order the IDF to completely withdraw from Gaza. Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, and South Africa welcomed the order, while Israel objected to it.Meanwhile, Israel’s army said it has recovered from Gaza the bodies of three more hostages killed on Oct. 7. The bodies of Hanan Yablonka, Michel Nisenbaum, and Orión Hernández Radoux were recovered, and their families have been notified. The IDF said the three men were killed on the day of the attack at the Mefalsim intersection, and their bodies were then taken to Gaza. The announcement comes less than a week after the IDF recovered the bodies of three other Israeli hostages.As finance ministers from the Group of Seven nations opened a two-day meeting in Italy, the United States sought to build support for squeezing more money for Ukraine out of frozen Russian assets, and for uniting against China’s illegal trade practices. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is pushing at the meeting in Stresa for “more ambitious options” to unlock money from some $260 billion in Russian central bank reserves that were frozen in Europe and the United States after the Feb. 24, 2022 invasion.
The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority preserved a Republican-held South Carolina congressional district on May 23, rejecting a lower-court ruling that said the district discriminated against black voters. In a 6-3 decision, the court held that the state’s legislature did nothing wrong during redistricting when it moved 30,000 Democratic-leaning black residents to a different district. The case presented the court with the tricky issue of how to separate race from politics. The state argued that partisan politics, not race, and a population boom in coastal areas explain the congressional map. Moving voters based on their politics is permissible, the Supreme Court ruled.Taiwan scrambled jets and put missile, naval, and land units on alert over Chinese military exercises being conducted around the self-governing island democracy, where a new president took office this week. China’s military said its two-day exercises around Taiwan were "punishment" for separatist forces seeking Taiwanese independence. In his inauguration address on Monday, Taiwan’s President Lai Ching-te called for Beijing to stop its military intimidation, and pledged to “neither yield nor provoke” in the face of aggression from China's Communist Party leadership.The House Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment in the annual defense policy bill on May 22 that, if it passes Congress, would force the Pentagon to rehire U.S. troops who were fired for refusing to take a COVID-19 vaccine. The 2025 bill, titled the Service Member Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act, will serve as the base text for forthcoming debate as it makes its way through Congress.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump are due in court Wednesday for the first time since the judge postponed the trial earlier this month. Just a day before, a newly unsealed motion revealed that President Trump’s team had alleged prosecutorial misconduct on the part of special counsel Jack Smith and the Biden administration. Other unsealed court filings reveal that additional documents marked as “classified” were discovered in President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home by his lawyers after the FBI completed its search of his Southern Florida estate in 2022.Norway, Spain, and Ireland have announced that they will formally recognize a Palestinian state, prompting Israel to immediately recall its ambassadors to the three nations. The formal recognition will take place on May 28, according to Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store. Currently, more than 140 out of the 193 member states of the United Nations recognize Palestinian statehood. But until now, only a handful of nations in the 27-member European Union were among them.A powerful tornado ripped through a small Iowa town on May 21, killing several people and leaving at least a dozen injured, authorities said. Images from the town of Greenfield show a path of utter destruction, with homes reduced to splinters, debris strewn far and wide, and several large wind turbines toppled. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said the state would provide its full resources to help the impacted areas recover, and reassured residents that support was in place, with crews working to provide shelter, food, and water, and to restore power to thousands of residents.
After more than four weeks of testimony, jurors could begin deliberating as soon as next week to decide whether former President Donald Trump is guilty of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. President Trump’s lawyers rested their defense early on May 21 without his taking the witness stand, moving the case closer to the moment the jury would begin to make their decision. After the defense rested, Justice Juan Merchan told jurors the court session could run late next Tuesday to accommodate the summations of both prosecution and defense—the last time the jury will hear from either side.A 73-year-old British passenger died and seven others were seriously injured when a flight from London to Singapore hit “severe turbulence” over the Bay of Bengal. The Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER was forced to divert to Suvarnabhumi airport in the Thai capital of Bangkok. A spokesman at the airport said the passenger who died was believed to have suffered a heart attack.President Joe Biden and members of his administration castigated International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan for requesting to charge Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant with war crimes and human rights violations in connection with the ongoing Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip. That’s as three European Union nations—France, Belgium, and Germany—voiced support for the court’s decision.
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen admitted to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the Trump Organization in his testimony on May 20 during the former president's trial in New York City. Mr. Cohen made the admission under cross-examination from defense attorney Todd Blanche. Mr. Cohen revealed that he had overstated the amount he needed to be reimbursed from paying tech company Red Finch, and had pocketed the difference.Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his entourage died in a helicopter crash in East Azerbaijan Province in the northwest of the country on May 19, according to a statement released by Iran’s cabinet. The Iranian regime's supreme leader Ali Khamenei approved Iran’s first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, as the temporary president. Mr. Mokhber will preside over a temporary council until a new president is elected.The International Criminal Court (ICC) is seeking arrest warrants for both the Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel and the subsequent war in Gaza, according to a statement released by the office of ICC prosecutor Karim Khan. The ICC is also seeking warrants for Israel’s defense minister, as well as two other top Hamas leaders.
The Israeli military said on May 17 that its troops in Gaza had found the bodies of three Israeli hostages taken by the Hamas terrorist organization during its Oct. 7 attack, including 22-year-old German-Israeli Shani Louk. The military identified the other two bodies as those of a 28-year-old woman, Amit Buskila, and a 56-year-old man, Itzhak Gelerenter. All three were killed by Hamas at the Nova music festival, an outdoor dance party held near the Gaza border on Oct. 6 and into Oct. 7, IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said at a press conference.Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress on Thursday night despite President Joe Biden’s intervention to block them from obtaining his recorded interviews with special counsel Robert Hur. The measures would need to pass the full House before a referral is made to the Justice Department, but whether House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) will bring the resolutions to the floor remains unclear.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pardoned former U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Perry, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting an armed Black Lives Matter protester who wielded an AK-47. Abbott issued a May 16 proclamation indicating that Perry has been granted a full pardon and the restoration of full civil rights of citizenship, while taking aim at Travis County District Attorney José Garza for allegedly directing the lead investigator to withhold exculpatory evidence and demonstrating “unethical and biased misuse” of his office in prosecuting Perry.
In former President Donald Trump’s New York trial, Michael Cohen returned to the witness stand for a second day of cross-examination as prosecutors said they have no plans to call further witnesses. Trump attorney Todd Blanche questioned Mr. Cohen about his lying under oath and pleading guilty to tax evasion. Speaking outside the courtroom, the former president said the trial is “finishing up,” and reiterated that “there’s no crime.”President Joe Biden has asserted executive privilege over the tapes of his two-day interview with special counsel Robert Hur recorded during the latter's probe into the president’s alleged mishandling of classified information. The tapes are at the center of a dispute between House Republicans and Attorney General Merrick Garland, who today faces contempt proceedings for defying a subpoena for them.Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico remains in a serious but stable condition and is able to speak a little, the country’s president-elect said, a day after an assassination attempt that sent shock waves across Europe. The shooting was the first major assassination attempt on a European political leader for more than 20 years, and has drawn international condemnation. Slovak news media have claimed the shooter is a 71-year-old former shopping mall security guard and the author of three collections of poetry. There has been no official confirmation of his identity.
Comments (2)


why the hell would anyone trust a vaccine? Especially one from the same country that intentionally released a virus on the world?

Jun 7th


biden is such a hypocrite

May 31st