PEOPLE: Meet Alex Jones. He’s the far-right conspiracy theorist behind InfoWars. For years, he’s spread lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, alleging that it was all staged by the gov and that the families of the victims were complicit in the hoax - causing those families to face accusations and threats. Fast forward to today, and a jury will now decide how much Jones must pay for the suffering he caused. Meanwhile, yesterday, a gunman killed two people and injured two others in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Police said the suspect, who was believed to have been targeting homeless people, had been shot dead at the scene. In other news, a sixth teenager who was wrongfully charged with the rape of a Central Park jogger in 1989 was just exonerated in Manhattan.
WORLD: All eyes are on Myanmar. Last year, after Myanmar’s military took control in a coup, thousands upon thousands of people took to the streets in protests. The military responded by violently cracking down and detaining as many as 10,000 political prisoners. Now, it’s come out that the military has executed four democracy activists following a closed-door trial. The news sparked global backlash. Meanwhile, Tunisia just held a controversial referendum on a new constitution that would majorly increase the prez’s powers. It’s widely expected to pass. This comes a year after the prez suspended Parliament, waved goodbye to the prime minister and other officials, and granted himself a wide range of powers.
USA: Yesterday, the Biden team declared that it plans to expand and preserve anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people in the Affordable Care Act - reversing a Trump-era policy that took a red pen to those protections. The proposal is especially relevant as multiple states pass bans on providing gender-affirming care, particularly to transgender kids. Not yet clear how these protections will play out in medical practice. Also making headlines in the US: 6 staffers were just arrested in Congress for staging a sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office over a lack of climate action.