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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone’s talking about the 7th day of the Jan. 6 hearings. 

 

THE BACKGROUND.

On January 6th, 2021, Trump supporters gathered in Washington, DC while Congress met to formally certify the election results. Trump came out and gave a speech urging his supporters to march down Pennsylvania Avenue. And they did - but they didn’t stop there. They stormed the US Capitol, forcing lawmakers into a lockdown or emergency evacuations. By the end of it all, five people were dead. 

 

THE DEETS.

Last summer, the House of Reps voted to create a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. And now, after collecting more than 100,000 docs and conducting more than 1,000 interviews, the committee is holding public hearings. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday marked day 7 of those hearings. The biggest takeaways? Trump’s supporters were convinced that he was going to follow them as they stormed the Capitol. They saw his speech and his tweets as a call to arms. Not only that, but the committee revealed new evidence that suggests Trump and his allies had planned the march on the Capitol days before it took place - but wanted it to look spontaneous. Oh, and the committee directly warned Trump against witness tampering. Hint: one witness got a call from Trump in the last two weeks, while another witness got calls from his allies. 

 

THE TAKE. 

The hearing lays out how Donald Trump motivated his supporters to gather in DC and march on the Capitol to protest the certification of the election. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

WEATHER: Much of the world is experiencing extreme heat. In eastern and southern China, dozens of cities issued heat alerts as temps exceed 1o4 degrees Fahrenheit, causing roofs to melt and roads to crack. In Europe, Portugal’s central Alentejo region is expected to reach 115 degrees F - while parts of Spain could reach as high as 108 degrees. Portuguese and Spanish authorities worry the heat could worsen the danger of wildfires, with hundreds of people already evacuated due to multiple blazes. Over in the US, millions of people are being affected by a heat wave stretching from Maine to Texas. And in Northern California, a wildfire continues to threaten ancient sequoias in Yosemite National Park. Stay tuned. 

 

ABORTION: The other day, the Biden team announced that physicians throughout the US must continue to offer abortions in case of medical emergencies without exception. You read that right. The gov says that the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act protects providers from any state abortion restrictions, arguing that “no matter where you live, women have the right to emergency care - including abortion care.” Speaking of which, a Louisiana judge just temporarily blocked the state’s trigger bans, which went into effect immediately after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Meaning abortion is once again legal in Louisiana. This marks yet another trigger ban to face legal troubles. 

 

PEOPLE: Recently, leaflets featuring racist and anti-Semitic messages were spread around Hornell, New York. One leaflet was tacked on the door of a largely Black church, while another was attached to the front of a synagogue. Still others were left in doorways, driveways, and a park…to name a few. Fast forward to this week, and it looks like three people have been arrested and charged with 115 counts apiece - one for each leaflet - of a felony hate crime. Not a typo. In other news, First Lady Jill Biden is facing backlash for saying the Latino community is “as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio” while giving a speech. Biden said she was sorry that her words “conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for” Latinos. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Twitter:” what’s suing Elon Musk for backing out of his $44 billion deal to buy it. The saga continues. 


SAY WHAT?

“‘Squid Game’ Makes Emmys History as First-Ever Non-English Drama Series Nominee” - a real headline




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