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Good evening. Here’s the latest news at the end of Tuesday.
1. The January 6 Commission Uncovered Evidence That Trump was involved in a scheme to introduce fake voters.
The committee played a video from Rona McDaniel, the Republican National Committee chairwoman, who testified that Trump called her personally to help advance the scheme. The committee also featured texts from an aide to Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, indicating that Johnson sought to hand-deliver fake electors from his state and from Michigan.
The revelation came during the committee’s fourth hearing this month, which focused on pressure on election officials and staff to nullify the 2020 results. Brad Ravensburger, Georgia’s secretary of state, testified that Trump allies had broken into the home of his widowed daughter-in-law and that his wife had received threats.
2. Asia buys discounted Russian oil. mitigate the effects of sanctions from the West.
Most of the extra oil went to two countries: China and India. China’s imports of Russian oil hit a record high in May and made Russia the country’s largest supplier. India has gone from receiving almost no Russian oil to more than 760,000 barrels per day.
This shift allowed Moscow to maintain its production levels, helped make the ruble the world’s best performing currency, and confirmed the cooperation Russia enjoyed with China. Higher energy prices slightly increased oil revenues for Russia, which raised $1.7 billion more last month than it did in April.
in Ukraine, Officials urged civilians to flee the occupied south before a promised counterattack. Merrick Garland, the US attorney general, arrived today on a surprise trip to discuss with Ukraine’s attorney general the prosecution of Russian war crimes.
3. Vaccines are now available for children under 5 years old, But a slow rollout is welcomed with mixed feelings.
Today, health care workers across the country are beginning to give Covid-19 vaccines to children 6 months to 5 years old, the last group of Americans with access to the vaccines.
But the response has been remarkably muted from parents, with little to no excitement and long queues that have welcomed previous vaccine campaigns. An April poll found that less than 20 percent of parents of young children crave shots right away.
4. The Supreme Court ruled that Min Religious schools cannot be excluded from the public education program.
The issue arose from an arrangement in Maine that required rural communities without public high schools to provide student education. One option is to pay tuition at a “non-denominational” private school. Two families who send or want to send their children to religious schools have challenged the law, saying it violated their right to practice their faith freely.
“The state does not need to support private education,” the chief justice wrote in the decision, the latest in a series of rulings banning the exclusion of religious institutions from government programs. “But once the state decides to do so, it cannot exclude some private schools just because they are religious.”
5. Texas Police Chief He described the response to the shooting of Uvalde as a failure.
Stephen McCraw, director of the Department of Public Safety, testified today before a legislative hearing in Austin about the law enforcement response to the mass shootings, calling it a “miserable failure” that goes against two decades of training.
He said the police at the scene had enough firepower and protective equipment to storm a pair of connected classrooms just minutes after the shooting began. But the commander at the site “decided to put the lives of officers before the lives of children” and unnecessarily waited for a key to a door that could not be locked from the inside.
6. Voters decide to run a runoff In Alabama and Georgia, Virginia hosted primaries.
Alabama’s Republican voters are in for a shock: Donald Trump, who is popular in the state, has endorsed Rep. Moe Brooks as the party’s candidate for an open Senate seat. But when Brooks lagged in the polls, Trump threw his support to Katie Brett, the former chief of staff to Senator Richard Shelby, who has retired. Opinion polls suggest that Brett may win.
In Georgia, Republicans are choosing their House rivals against established Democrats. There are similar stakes in Virginia, where Jane Keegans and Jarom Pell vie for Democratic Representative Elaine Luria. All three are Navy veterans in a region where one in five voters is a veteran or active in the military. But what separates them is ideology, as Pell has cracked down on Trump’s false allegations of election fraud.
7. An investigation into the expansion of the surveillance situation in China.
A visual investigation has found that the scope of Beijing’s surveillance – the looks, personal technology, and voices of citizens – and the infrastructure that supports it is greater and more detailed than previously known.
For more than a year, Times journalists have analyzed more than 100,000 government bid documents. Bids were collected and shared exclusively with The Times, ChinaFile, a digital magazine published by the Asia Society. Here are four takeaways from the investigation.
In other tech news, An explosive report from BuzzFeed raised questions about Biden’s approach to TikTok and Chinese deal-making. Microsoft will stop offering automated tools that predict a person’s gender, age and emotional state, and will restrict the use of facial recognition.
8. The hero retires at the age of four.
The Pekingese wasabi was one of America’s most popular dogs last summer. But on Wednesday, the new champ will be crowned as Best in Show at Westminster Dog Show, which begs the question: Once a dog reaches the pinnacle of success, then what?
9. Star ratings in The Times are based on restaurant ratings.
This long practice was suspended early in the pandemic, but as restaurants fill up again, the four-star ratings are also returning as a favor to readers (and eaters).
First up: La Piraña Lechonera, where a one-man trailer armed with a machete offers as close to New York City as possible to try eating roast pork in Puerto Rico. Say yes when Angel Jimenez, the sole worker at La Piraña, offered to garnish pulpo, a classic Caribbean salad, “my way” with hot sauce and mojo de ajo — the garlic sauce one customer calls “God’s Juice.” Three stars.
The following is also recommended: How to host an unforgettable meal outside.
10. Finally, The 661-pound stingray may be the largest freshwater fish in the world.
A 13-foot-tall stingray was found in the Mekong River in Cambodia, and it represents a victory for conservation efforts in the region. It weighed 15 pounds heavier than a giant catfish that was discovered in Thailand in 2005.
Zeb Hogan, the biologist who found the giant stingray, described his discovery in the Mekong as “fantastic”, as the area is densely populated and “the river faces a lot of challenges, including a lot of fishing.” But the presence of the ray is an indicator of the health of the ecosystem, and Dr. Hogan hopes it serves as a reminder of how special the river is.
I wish you a great evening.
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