USA: Prez Biden has his mind on infrastructure. A few months ago, Biden intro’d an infrastructure plan that’d do things like address climate change, raise the corporate tax, and improve transportation and childcare. Problem, since Republican lawmakers haven’t exactly rallied around this plan. So lately, Biden’s been in talks with those lawmakers to try to reach a compromise. Scratch that, because yesterday, the Prez suddenly ended negotiations without a deal. Also making headlines in Washington, DC: the Senate gave a report detailing security failures in the January 6th Capitol attack. And in other news, the Senate just overwhelmingly passed a bill that’d boost competitiveness with China by putting money into scientific research.
PEOPLE: Back in 2017, three high school students of color were stopped by police at a railway station in Paris after returning from a trip to Brussels...and searched. Publicly. Cue backlash - and a court case, which ultimately ended in a ruling that said discrimination wasn’t at cause for the checks. Fast forward to yesterday, and an appeals court overturned that decision and convicted the French state of a “grave fault.” Yes, really. Meanwhile, a new analysis shows that the 25 richest Americans - including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, and Michael Bloomberg - paid little to no federal income taxes between 2014 and 2018. Aka $13.6 billion in taxes during a time when their collective net worth upped by $401 billion. Not a typo.
HEALTH: Recently, about 30,000 nurses walked off their jobs in New Zealand. ICYMI, lately, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has been in talks with the gov for better pay and working conditions. But earlier this week, the org rejected a proposed pay hike - and the gov said it couldn’t afford the org’s demands. Enter: a nationwide strike. In other news, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is making some changes to its travel recs. Case in point: 61 nations have now been marked as travel-safe for people who are fully vaccinated. 50 countries and territories have now been moved to lower travel warning levels - with the countries ranked the lowest including Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Iceland, Belize and Albania.