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5 things to know for May 26: Debt limit, White House, Abortion, Peru, Covid


Today marks the start of Memorial Day weekend, which also marks the start of the busy summer travel season. Stay safe, don’t yell at anyone at the airport, and we’ll see you here on Tuesday.

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US political leaders have less than a week to strike a debt deal before the country runs out of money to pay its bills. Some Democrats are losing patience with seemingly deadlocked talks. Several members have warned the White House that their party’s votes are taken for granted and that their support for any debt deal is not necessarily guaranteed. The ongoing negotiations have already caused negative economic repercussions. Rating agency Fitch put the highest-rated US credit on negative watch, and 30-year mortgage rates rose on looming uncertainty. There are also international concerns: China and Japan are the largest foreign investors in US government debt, meaning they would also be negatively affected by a US default. Together they hold $2 trillion – more than a quarter – of the $7.6 trillion in US Treasury securities held by foreign countries.

The White House has presented two separate national plans to combat anti-Semitism and gender-based violence. President Joe Biden has presented a new “plan for the whole of society” – the first of its kind – which tackles anti-Semitism. He called it “the most ambitious and comprehensive effort led by the U.S. government to combat anti-Semitism in American history.” Biden outlined the four-pronged strategy, which includes efforts to increase awareness and understanding of anti-Semitism and American Jewish heritage, and improve the safety and security of Jewish communities. Meanwhile, the US National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence, released Thursday, contains seven pillars, including providing support to survivors of gender-based violence, addressing online harassment and abuse, conducting further research and collect additional data. on gender-based violence.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has signed a bill that will limit most abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. A growing list of Republican-led states, including nearly all of the southern United States, have introduced sweeping abortion restrictions following last year’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. In Indiana, a doctor who publicly revealed she provided abortion services to a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim has been reprimanded and fined by the state medical board for violating confidentiality rules. The case became a focal point last year when several GOP politicians and media outlets initially cast skepticism at the doctor’s claims. However, a man was eventually charged with raping the child and an Ohio detective testified that the girl had an abortion in Indianapolis. The doctor said the girl traveled from Ohio to Indiana due to the former state’s strict restrictions on abortion.

“With 3 more women, it would have been different”: SC State Sen. on failing to block the abortion ban

Peruvian security forces carried out deadly attacks on protesters with “extrajudicial executions” and “widespread use of lethal ammunition” earlier this year, according to a report by human rights group Amnesty International. The week-long protest movement in the country began in December 2022, sparked by the impeachment and arrest of former President Pedro Castillo and fueled by discontent over living conditions and inequality. While protests have taken place across the country, the worst violence has occurred in the rural and indigenous south. Of the 25 deaths documented by Amnesty International, 15 of the victims were under the age of 21. Peruvian authorities have taken a different party line, praising the country’s security forces for quelling discontent and saying they acted in self-defense.

Researchers say they’ve compiled a list of symptoms that can reliably classify along Covid, opening the door for more research and better treatment for the debilitating condition. The study is the first research to emerge from a nearly $1.2 billion investment in the disease. The project followed more than 13,000 adults at more than 200 study sites as part of the National Institutes of Health’s Covid research initiative. The new criteria codify 12 symptoms of long Covid such as fatigue, brain fog, heart palpitations and chronic cough. Symptoms are weighted by how likely they are to appear in people who have had Covid for a long time compared to those who don’t. The search for long Covid treatments has been hampered by the lack of a biomarker, something doctors can test or measure. Several well-known diseases lack a biomarker, requiring doctors to look at a series of symptoms to make a diagnosis.

Barbie and Ken explore life with flat feet in new trailer

Barbie with pointed toes or Barbie with flat feet? Everyone has their preference.

Khloé Kardashian finally reveals her son’s name

“Naming a human being is really difficult,” she says. Speak the truth!

Virgin Galactic still wants to make commercial flights on supersonic planes to the farthest reaches of space

It’s not exactly the most relaxing way to spend a holiday, but to everyone’s taste.

Unprecedented new images reveal what’s happening to the sun as it approaches ‘solar maximum’

Why do so many images of space seem edible?

We’re still waiting for full-scale self-driving cars, but self-driving boats are already a thing

Well, that’s a start.

Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Which film is considered the number one blockbuster of the summer?

A. “Star Wars”

B. “Avatar”

C. “Jaws”

D. “Jurassic Park”

Take the CNN Summer Quiz to see if you’re right!


That’s the median age of the US population, according to new data from the Census Bureau. This may sound young, but it actually means the population is aging, with more adults aging and fewer children under five.

“A seditious conspiracy, when you take these two concepts and combine them, is one of the most serious crimes an American can commit. It is an offense against the government to use force. It is an offense against the people of our country. It is a series of acts in which you and others have engaged in the use of force, including potentially weapons, against the government of the United States during of his transition from one president to another. And what was the motive? You didn’t like the new guy.

— Judge Amit Mehtaattempting to convey the seriousness of a seditious conspiracy after handing down an 18-year prison sentence to Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. The sentence is the first handed down in more than than a decade for such an accusation.

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She’s a survivor

I love this cheeky looking bear. Just outstanding proportions on her. After a life in captivity in a circus, this elderly girl spends the rest of her days in a bear sanctuary. (Click here to view)


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