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  • Brandon Park, Erica Na

Week of June 16

International:


Israel-Hamas

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his war cabinet following the departure of Benny Gantz, a prominent leader who expressed disapproval of the war’s trajectory.


Russia

  • Vladimir Putin visited North Korea for the first time in over 20 years. The US accused North Korea of providing military aid to Russia and empowering hostilities against Ukraine. 


Other

  • Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, made her first public appearance since her cancer diagnosis while attending the Trooping the Colour parade. 

Source: Vanity Fair

  • In a monumental decision, lawmakers in Thailand passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, granting all couples equal rights in marriage relations, child adoption, and inheritance. Thailand becomes the first Southeast Asian country to do so. 

  • Problems in Ecuador’s electrical system led to a nationwide blackout that left hospitals and transportation systems without power for hours.  


Domestic:


Politics

  • The Supreme Court upholds a federal law pertaining to gun restrictions (i.e people under domestic violence restraining orders from owning a firearm.

  • Lawsuit filed against Washington’s ban on commercially available sexual assault evidence kits.

  • Trump holds a campaign event on Tuesday (6/18/24), in Racine, Wisconsin

  • The Treasury Department proposes rules that restrict & monitor U.S. investments in China for A.I & similar.

  • President Joe Biden announced that he will shield undocumented spouses of US citizens from deportation who have lived in the US for a minimum of 10 years. Such protections will give migrants work permits and a new path to citizenship.


Drug Use

  • Maryland Governor Wes Moore pardoned over 175,000 cannabis convictions, forgiving misdemeanor marijuana possession charges. This decision reflects the changing public opinion on recreational marijuana. 


Gun Violence

  • On Saturday, a Juneteenth celebration in Texas turned deadly after a gunman opened fire, killing two people and injuring 14 others. 

  • In Michigan, nine people were injured after a shooting in Rochester Hills.


Education

Source: NBC News
  • The Los Angeles Unified School District approved a ban on smartphone use in schools after California’s Governor Gavin Newsom 

  • In a controversial decision, Republican Governor Jeff Landry of Louisiana signed House Bill 71 into law, requiring that all public school classrooms display the Ten Commandments. Opponents argue that this bill violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment which prohibits any law “respecting an establishment of religion.”


Other

  • Renowned baseball player Willie Mays died on June 18 at 93. Mays had 660 career home runs and is widely celebrated as one of the greatest baseball players. 

  • Actor Donald Sutherland died on June 20 at 88. He was best known for his roles in “M*A*S*H,” “Ordinary People,” and “The Hunger Games.”


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