5 things to know for June 23: Extreme weather, January 6, Gun laws, Uvalde, Covid-19

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1. Extreme weather conditions

The official start of summer this week saw triple-digit temperatures across much of the southern United States. As of Wednesday, more than 20 million Americans in 16 states were on heat alert and some cities broke decades-old records. Macon, Georgia reached 105 degrees, breaking the previous record of 101 degrees set in 1925. New heat records were also set in Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. And sadly, meteorologists say there is no relief in sight. The heat in the South and the Plains is expected keep building throughout the weekend much of the region is expected to set more records in the coming days, the National Weather Service said. On the other hand, severe storms are expected to dump several inches of rain in parts of the southwest today.

2. January 6

The Jan. 6 commission of inquiry into the U.S. Capitol insurrection plans to draw attention today to former President Donald Trump’s efforts to use the Justice Department to bolster his attempts to quash the 2020 presidential election results. Three senior Justice Department officials who led the Justice Department in the final days of the Trump administration will testify at today’s hearing about how the former president and his allies sought to enlist the ministry to lend credibility to their baseless fraud allegations, according to committee aides. Officials will also argue that Trump was considering replacing the acting attorney general with an official who bought into his fraud allegations, committee aides said. Separately, the Justice Department subpoenaed Georgia’s Republican Party chairman for information related to the Trump campaign’s fake voter scheme.

3. Gun Laws

The Senate is poised for a critical vote today to advance an important bipartisan gun safety bill toward final passage. House Republican leaders, however, are lining up to oppose the legislation. But even with House GOP leaders opposing the bill, some Republican members have already indicated they plan to vote for it, and the Democratic-controlled House should be able to pass the legislation a once it has been passed in the Senate. If passed, it would be the most significant new federal legislation to address gun violence since the 10-year assault weapons ban expired in 1994 – although it does not ban any weapons and is well below what Democrats and polls show most Americans want. see.

4. Uvalde

Uvalde School District Police Chief Pedro Arredondo was suspended Wednesday after weeks of anger over his department’s sloppy response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School nearly a month ago . Arredondo and responding law enforcement have come under heavy criticism for how long officers waited in a hallway outside adjoining classrooms at the school where a gunman was standing. 18 and the victims. The shooter fired at officers within minutes of the incident – and two were injured with abrasions – according to a schedule updated by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Yet more than 70 minutes passed before the shooter was shot by officers who stormed the room. This week, the top Texas official leading the investigation described the response as a “dismal failure”.

5.Coronavirus

A new study suggests that the BA.4 and BA.5 coronavirus subvariants appear to evade antibody responses from vaccination and prior infection. Antibody levels that infection or previous vaccinations would provide are several times lower against these two subvariants compared to the original coronavirus, according to new data published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the Covid-19 vaccination should still provide substantial protection against serious disease, and vaccine makers are working on updated vaccines that could trigger a stronger immune response against the variants. BA.4 and BA.5 are the fastest-spreading variants reported to date and caused about 35% of new Covid-19 infections in the United States last week, recent data shows.

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NUMBER OF THE DAY

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You know what’s worse than high inflation and low unemployment? It’s high inflation with a recession and millions out of work. I hope you think about that before you bring this economy down a cliff.”

— Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, urging Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to proceed with rate hikes with caution. During a committee hearing on Wednesday, Powell admitted that the Fed’s aggressive interest rate hikes won’t solve two of the biggest problems facing Americans: high prices for gasoline and energy products. grocery.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

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A NASA physicist quit his job to pursue his passion: origami. Check out this video to see some of her awesome intricate designs! (Click here to see)
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