In the Know: Your Weekly News Breakdown in 5 Minutes or Less

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Our contributing news and politics editor puts together the week’s most important news information in quick summaries so you can get a high-level idea of what’s gone down in the world. You probably won’t see your latest celebrity gossip here, but you will see the latest on politics and news events. From racial justice info to COVID-19 updates, this roundup will help you catch up on everything that happened during the week. 


RECAP: The Bidens Take Europe

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden spent the greater portion of the past week in Europe on the administration’s first international trip. At the end of last week, President Biden joined the G7 Summit with leaders from France, UK, US, Canada, Japan, Germany, and Italy. The Summit was successful as President Biden announced a major vaccine donation initiative, discussed climate change, and addressed international tax laws and China’s impact on the global economy. President Biden ended the weekend with First Lady Biden at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth. This week, President Biden spent time in Geneva, Switzerland, for a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The meeting only lasted four hours and concluded with President Biden holding a solo press conference afterwards. While the Geneva Summit was not expected to resolve tensions between the U.S. and Russia, it was a first attempt by President Biden to communicate the country’s interests in nuclear safety and cyber security.



Israeli Prime Minister Ousted After 12-Year Reign

After a tumultuous month in Israel, the Israeli government voted to remove prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for corruption and failing to create an organized government in Israel after his re-election in March. With Netanyahu out, the Israeli parliament voted to create a new government system led by former defense minister Naftali Bennett and opposition leader Yair Lapid. Each of them will serve as prime minister for two years, alternating between terms. Benjamin Netanyahu served as prime minister for 12 years.

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Emails Reveal Trump Administration Pressured Justice Department After Election

In emails released this week by the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, it was revealed that Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows and other members of Trump’s legal team were actively pressuring the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate unsubstantiated claims of fraud from the November election. While GOP leaders and Trump himself made a public campaign from what is now called “The Big Lie,” the Trump administration was also working behind the scenes to influence former Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and others in the Justice Department to overturn the election results. Trump even went so far as to threaten Rosen’s removal, an idea he dropped when senior officials within the DOJ said they would resign if Rosen was removed.

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U.S. Justice Department Announces Plan to Tackle Domestic Extremism

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that the Justice Department has developed a plan to address growing instances of violence and extremism in the U.S. The National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism is aimed at understanding and sharing information about domestic threats, preventing mobilization of domestic terrorists, detering domestic terrorist activity, and addressing the longstanding issues that ignite domestic terrorism. The Attorney General explained that the effort spans various federal agencies, including the departments of defense, state, and health and human services. In March, the FBI concluded intelligence monitoring that helped inform the basis and tenets of the strategy. Results of the intelligence revealed that the two threats of largest concern are “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, and militia violent extremists.”

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Juneteenth Becomes a Federal Holiday

Juneteenth—also known as Freedom Day and Black Independence Day—is an American holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. The official holiday is June 19, and it observes the day that the last group of enslaved people in Galveston, TX, received word about the Emancipation Proclamation, meant to free all enslaved people in Confederate states. Washington, D.C., and 47 other states recognize the holiday, but until now, Juneteenth was not federally recognized. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder last year, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which would establish federal recognition of Juneteenth. This week, the Juneteenth National Independence Act passed the Senate and House of Representatives before going to President Biden to be signed into law.



Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

Millions of Americans will continue having access to healthcare through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the law that was filed by the Trump administration and Republican-led states. The Court held that the challenge lacked standing, meaning that the plaintiffs who filed the challenge could not prove that the ACA’s minimum coverage provision results in any harm. The minimum coverage provision is the requirement that all U.S. taxpayers have health insurance through private insurers or the ACA marketplace. Because the law was upheld for lack of standing, the Court did not consider any substantive issues of the law and did not address its constitutionality.



Supreme Court Sets Dangerous Anti-Discrimination Precedent in LGBTQIA+ Case Ruling

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Philadelphia-based foster care company that refuses to screen same-sex couples for foster care applications. Catholic Social Services (CSS) contracted with the city of Philadelphia to help place children in foster homes, but the city ended the contract when it was made aware of CSS’s discriminatory practices. CSS sued the city of Philadelphia, claiming that ending the contract was a violation of the First Amendment’s free expression clause. By ruling for CSS, the Supreme Court has set a precedent that places religious beliefs over anti-discrimination, particularly in the context of contracted government work.



News To Watch Next Week


Gun Violence Continues to Rampage U.S. Cities

As temperatures rise, so are the instances of mass shootings and gun violence in American cities. In the past week, more than 120 people died in shootings, including mass casualties in Austin, TX, Cleveland, OH, Savannah, GA, Albertville, AL, and Chicago, IL. In Georgia, a store clerk was shot and killed by a customer who was asked to pull up his mask in the store. Experts are concerned that gun violence will not slow down any time soon, citing high rates of gun purchases this year, continued unrest regarding social issues, and growing tension with pandemic recovery.

READ MORE on Washington Post


Primary Election for NY Mayoral Race Next Week

Next Tuesday is election day in New York City. Voters will choose the Democratic and Republican candidates who will go on to run against each other for the mayoral seat in 2022. Democratic candidates include frontrunners Eric Adams and Maya Wiley, Andrew Yang, Shaun Donovan, and Kathryn Garcia. New York City typically votes blue, so either of the two Repubican candidates—Curtis Silwa and Ferdinand Mateo—will have their work cut out for them once campaigning begins for the general election. Support for the various Democratic candidates has been splintered since primary debates started back in January. This election will be the first time that New York City implements a ranked-choice voting (RCV) system, where voters can choose up to five candidates in order of preference. This race is being closely watched as many of the issues that the candidates are campaigning on (policing, education, pandemic recovery, and crime) are also growing concerns in the U.S. as a whole. The mayoral outcome in New York City could set political trends for other cities.

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