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    SCOTUS Maintains Access to Abortion Pill; G7 Summit: $50B Loan to Ukraine Using Russian Assets

    The Supreme Court ruled against plaintiffs in a lawsuit Thursday that challenged the Food and Drug Administration’s approach to regulating the abortion pill mifepristone. The ruling allows for the pills to continue to be mailed to patients without an in-person doctor’s visit. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the opinion for a unanimous court. The court ruled that the doctors and pro-life groups that had challenged access to the drug did not have standing to sue.

    Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) political and economic forum have agreed to engineer a $50-billion loan to help Ukraine in its continued fight against Russia. Interest earned on profits from Russia’s frozen central bank assets will be used as collateral. Details of the deal are being hashed out by G7 leaders at their summit in Italy. The money could reach Kyiv before the end of the year, according to U.S. and French officials, who confirmed the agreement ahead of a formal announcement.

    Russian prosecutors have sent the espionage case against jailed American journalist Evan Gershkovich to court, accusing him of spying for the CIA. The Russian Prosecutor General’s office said it had approved the indictment and that Mr. Gershkovich will stand trial in the city of Yekaterinburg, where he was arrested in March 2023—making him the first American journalist to be arrested on espionage charges since the Cold War.

    13 June 2024, 5:45 pm
  • 45 minutes 39 seconds
    Biden Amin. Expands Sanctions Against Russia; House Moves to Hold AG Garland in Contempt

    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.

    12 June 2024, 4:39 pm
  • 47 minutes 41 seconds
    Hunter Biden Convicted on All Charges in Gun Case; Blinken: $404 Million in New Aid For Palestinians

    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.

    11 June 2024, 5:42 pm
  • 46 minutes 35 seconds
    Hunter Biden’s Gun Trial Wrapping Up; Blinken Pushes for Ceasefire on Middle East Trip

    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.

    10 June 2024, 5:29 pm
  • 46 minutes 50 seconds
    Defense Rests Case in Hunter Biden’s Federal Gun Trial; Biden Apologizes to Zelenskyy For Aid Delay

    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.

    7 June 2024, 5:06 pm
  • 44 minutes 38 seconds
    Pres. Biden Marks 80th D-Day Anniversary, Honors WWII Vets; Hunter Biden’s Gun Trial Enters Day 4

    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.

    6 June 2024, 4:59 pm
  • 45 minutes 41 seconds
    Boeing Spacecraft Carrying Astronauts Lifts Off on Maiden Voyage; Hunter Biden’s Gun Trial Continues

    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.

    5 June 2024, 4:56 pm
  • 46 minutes 45 seconds
    Garland Blasts GOP Attacks Amid Contempt Threat; Opening Statements in Hunter Biden Gun Trial

    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.

    4 June 2024, 6:09 pm
  • 44 minutes 55 seconds
    Fauci Testifies to Congress Over Covid Controversies; Hunter Biden’s Federal Gun Trial Begins

    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.

    3 June 2024, 5:28 pm
  • 40 minutes 11 seconds
    Trump Vows to Appeal Criminal Conviction; Joe Manchin Leaves Democratic Party, Files as Independent

    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.

    31 May 2024, 4:59 pm
  • 41 minutes 22 seconds
    SCOTUS Sides With NRA in Free Speech Case; Jury Continues Deliberation in Trump NY Trial

    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.

    30 May 2024, 5:34 pm
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